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CHN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fang Su
  • Lecturer: Miss Melissa Fang
  • Other Staff: Ms Linda Cheng
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


(1) To consolidate the linguistic foundation provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066 with a view to further study.
(2) To provide students with sufficient target language competence and inter-cultural sensitivity for communicative interaction with native speakers and to enable them to cope with typical situations met during a potential period of study abroad.
(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

This module builds upon the foundation in language systems provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066, while continuing to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You will learn more grammatical structures and vocabulary, and will be able to write a further 800 Chinese characters, making a total of well over 1000! By the end, you will be able to communicate effectively enough to cope successfully during your Year Abroad in China.

We use a task-based, communicative approach, and encourage peer learning through pair and group work. Assessment is by portfolio of written coursework, aural exam, oral exam, and written exam. Building a portfolio of assessed coursework helps you to monitor your progress and stimulates independent learning and learner autonomy. Formal exams provide a summary assessment before continuing on to your Year Abroad.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic grammatical structures and items of vocabulary relating to the list below will be covered (corresponding to Lessons 15-20 of Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 2 and Lessons 1-10 in Level 2 Part 2). Items which have already been introduced in CHN1065 and CHN1066 will be further consolidated:

Notions: Time sequence and duration; direction and location; distance; completed action; result; progressive aspect; future probability; ability; experience; negation; comparison; passive verbs; kinship; forms of address.

Functions: Greeting and taking leave; describing intentions; requesting; expressing thanks; asking directions; writing letters; discussing professions; giving reasons; apologising; describing objects/places/situations; comparing; talking about personal interests.

Situations: Studying; sports; sightseeing; meeting people; eating, socialising and celebrating; transport and travel; healthcare; shopping; making practical arrangements.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching722:00144:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1256:00256:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHN2110Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 1
CHN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using a task-based communicative approach. In order to make sure that 256 hours of private guided study does take place, each contact hour is followed up by homework assignments relating to what has been introduced and/or practised during the contact hour. Individualised formative feedback is then provided as an integral part of the teaching programme.
2. Oral and aural skills (i.e. speaking and listening) are practised throughout the course in task-based activities. Students are required to spend at least one hour a week in the Language Resource Centre, working on listening work prescribed by the teacher.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A30N/A
Oral Examination102A15N/A
Aural Examination501M10In week 12
Aural Examination502M10In week 12
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Continuous assessment 1 - an in-class written test on reading, grammar and sentence translation
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Continuous assessment 2 - portfolio of 2 writing assignments each requiring a 500-600 character essay over both semesters.*See below
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Regular vocabulary and grammar tests over both semesters
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Continuous Assessment tests give students and staff the opportunity to monitor and review initial progress during Semester 1, while the portfolio of written coursework provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to assess further progress in Semester 2. The formal written examination, oral and aural examinations provide a summary assessment, as well as a chance to review progress before progressing on to the period of study abroad.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary are assessed in all assessed work. Knowledge of the orthographic system is assessed by continuous assessment tests, portfolio of written coursework and formal written examination, while that of the phonological system is assessed by aural and oral examination.

Listening skills are assessed by aural and oral examination, while speaking skills are assessed in the latter only. Reading skills are assessed by continuous assessment and formal written examination, while writing skills are assessed by portfolio of written coursework and formal written examination.

Regular Vocabulary and Grammar tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire competence steadily. It also provides students with the opportunity to have constant feedback on their performance.

* Aiming to practice writing skills.

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