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CHN4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Melissa Fang
  • Lecturer: Dr Fang Su
  • Other Staff: Ms Linda Cheng, Miss Hanna Burdorf, 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 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.

We use a task-based, communicative approach, and encourage peer learning through pair and group work. Assessment is by two continuous assessment tests (reading; grammar), portfolio of written assignments, oral, aural and written exam.

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. The syllabus and course content may be negotiated as necessary to reflect students’ needs.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching881:0088:00Language labs
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1312:00312:00N/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 312 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 (i.e. speaking and listening) 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 Examination1802A25Reading, grammar and C-E translation
Oral Examination202M1540% class presentation and 60% final exam
Aural Examination502M15In week 11
Written Examination901A20Reading, grammar and C-E translation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN4210Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Regular vocabulary and grammar tests over both semesters
Prof skill assessmnt2M15A Portfolio of 2 writing assignments, each requiring an 800-1000 character essay
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.

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 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.

Reading Lists