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CHN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Linda Cheng
  • Lecturer: Mrs Shirley Knott
  • 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 16-20 of Integrated Chinese of Textbook 2 and Lessons 1-10 in Textbook 3). 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.

Every week you will have six scheduled teaching hours which are divided as follows:

1.       Grammar & Speaking (4 hours): 4 hours in-class seminars.
We shall cover all the grammatical points listed in the syllabus as above.

2.       Reading & Writing (1 hour): 1-hour online session (interactive).
One hour will be devoted to developing skills in reading and writing, using the grammatical points, sentences patterns and vocabulary studied from our core textbook earlier on each week. Translation (English into Chinese and Chinese into English) will also be practised.

3.       Listening (1 hour): 1-hour in-lab seminar.
We shall provide you with listening task sheets to enable you to practice the grammatical points and sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers, and conduct reflective learning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion441:0044:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:0022 hours online sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1101:00110:00110 hours present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2241:00224:00N/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

Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using an integrated communicative approach in 6 hours of practical classes (5 hours present in person and 1-hour online) delivered in seminar style. Evaluation from last year showed that a majority of students appreciated the online elements as part of the module contact hours. Furthermore, the blended learning mode of teaching showed to be very effective as it allowed students to reflect in their own time, and also learn from other students’ writing scripts. Oral and aural skills (speaking and listening) as well as reading and writing 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.

Weekly vocabulary and grammar tests will take place online with provision of immediate feedback to help students grasp the grammar points in an effective way.

In order to make sure that 224 hours of private guided study does take place, each contact hour is followed up by homework assignments. Many derive from the compulsory workbooks accompanying the core textbook. Additional materials may be distributed in class or published online and are considered an integral part of the homework assignments. There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 4 weeks. Individualised formative feedback is then provided as an integral part of the teaching programme.

This module is taught and assessment in English and Chinese. English will be applied for two activities, 1. Explanation of grammatical structure; 2. Translation from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A30Unseen written exam: Listening/grammar test, reading comprehension/translation/writing
Oral Examination102M15Week 12
Aural Examination602M15Week 11
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
Written exercise2M40In-class test reading, grammar & sentence translation (15%), 2 handwritten assignments in-class (15%) & weekly online vocab/grammar
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

-       One 60-minute written exam in Semester 2 (30%) on Reading / Grammar / Writing. This exam will test students’ ability to write Chinese characters, to grasp the grammar points and be able to understand the authentic sources. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar/ writing in the module.

-       One 10-minute oral exam in Semester 2 (15%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally, and test their pronunciation in a standard level, and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously. The oral examination provides a summary assessment, as well as a chance to review progress before progressing on to the period of study abroad.

-       One 60-minute listening test in Semester 2 (15%). This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand authentic video/audio sources and to respond appropriately in written form and to summarise information appropriately in written form. This test provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in listening in the module.

-       Written Coursework / portfolio (40%): These two handwritten writing assignment tasks (WA1&WA2) will test students’ ability to write a given topic in the target language. Continuous assessment in Weekly online regular Vocabulary and Grammar encourages regular work on productive skills and enables students to receive regular formative feedback. This portfolio helps students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement in writing thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the year.

Alternative method to all the assessments is online synchronous exam.

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