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CHN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fang Su
  • Lecturer: Miss Linlin Fang, Ms Linda Cheng
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System


(1) To provide students with sufficient language competence to cope with the linguistic demands of real life in general, personal, social and business contexts.
(2) To develop an appropriate level of inter-cultural sensitivity in students, enabling successful interpersonal communication in a range of different situations.
(3) To continue to provide students with the necessary skills to become better language learners.

You will build upon the achievements made during your year abroad, increasing your knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical structures at intermediate and post-intermediate levels. By the end, you will be conversing confidently and naturally, orally and in writing, in language appropriate to a range of situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Roughly equal emphasis will be placed on reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Grammar will be taught throughout in order to improve all four skills, using an integrated task-based approach. Topics will include a wide range of social, cultural and political trends and issues relevant to contemporary China.

Every week you will have 6 scheduled teaching hours, which incorporate activities such as reading, grammar, writing, speaking, and listening.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion581:0058:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Week 11 of Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1261:00126:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice901:0090:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHN4110Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 1
CHN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Intermediate and post-intermediate grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and consolidated, using a task-based, communicative approach. Reading skills (skimming for gist; scanning for detail) are introduced and practised via classroom tasks involving pair and group work. Writing skills are introduced in class and practised outside the classroom in creative assignments set by the lecturer.

In order to ensure that 120 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised. There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 6 weeks. Where appropriate, individualised formative feedback is provided (e.g. for writing assignments involving a creative element).

Oral and aural skills are practised throughout the course in task-based activities and via oral presentations.

Students are required to spend at least one hour per 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 Examination601M15Unseen written exam containing grammar, reading comprehension and sentence translations.
Oral Examination202M15Includes Video Project and final presentation, takes place at the end of Semester Two.
Aural Examination602M10N/A
Written Examination1502A40Unseen written exam containing grammar, reading comprehension and sentence translations.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Writing assignments and regular vocab/grammar tests across Semester 1 and 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

One 60-minute written exam in Semester 1 (15%) on Grammar / Reading / Sentence translations. Students will be expected to hand-write in the target language, to test their mastery of the knowledge covered by the five topics in Semester 1.

Writing assignments and vocab/grammar tests (20%) 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.

One listening test in Semester 2 (10%). This listening exam will test the students’ ability to listen and understand audio sources and to respond appropriately in written or oral form. This test provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in listening in the module.

One oral examination in Semester 2 (15%). This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally and to discuss with a target language speaker directly and spontaneously.

One 150-minute written exam in Semester 2 assessment period (40%) on Grammar / Reading / Sentence translations. Students will be expected to hand-write in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers if they have certain disability or under special circumstances and it is supported by a SSP. The written examination enables the assessing of the overall performance of the student in each of the knowledge and skill outcomes.

Reading Lists