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CHN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Linlin Fang
  • Other Staff: Mrs Shirley Knott, Ms Linda Cheng, Miss Hanna Burdorf
  • 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 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 5 scheduled teaching hours (3 present-in-person hours and 2 online hours) which incorporate activities such as reading, grammar, writing, speaking, C-E translation.

Every week you will also have 1 structured guided learning hour for listening practice. Listening materials and task sheets will be provided to enable you to practice the grammar points, vocabulary, sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers, and conduct reflective learning before online submission.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion581:0058:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice901:0090:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1101:00110:00Present in Person: 66 hours; Online lessons: 44 hours
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 274 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.


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A45Unseen written exam containing grammar, reading and translations
Oral Examination202M15Includes class presentation and final exam
Aural Examination452M10N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
LCH4010Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Regular vocabulary and grammar tests
Prof skill assessmnt2M20A portfolio of 2 writing assignments (a 800-1000 character writing composition for each assignment) across Semester 1 and 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The portfolio of written coursework provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to monitor their progress. The formal written examination, aural and oral examinations provide a summary assessment.

Knowledge of intermediate and post-intermediate grammatical structures and vocabulary are assessed in all
assessed work. Knowledge of the orthographic system is assessed by portfolio of written coursework and formal
written examination, while that of the phonological system is assessed in formal written exam and oral 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.

Alternative assessments in case of restrictions with Covid-19:
- Alternative for written exam and aural exams: a 24 hour take-home paper.
- Alternative for oral exam: online synchronous exam.
- Alternative assessment for Prof Skills 1 : online quizzes
- Alternative assessment for Prof Skills 2: two 24-hr take home online assignments.

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