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ULCH20030 - Further Mandarin Chinese (HSK 5)

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: ULCH20020 or A-level Mandarin Chinese.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Chinese.  This course is not open to native or near native Mandarin speakers. 
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to further develop linguistic skills in the language for those who have either obtained an A-level or who have successfully completed ULCH20020. It lays emphasis on developing spoken fluency, writing styles and techniques, high standards of grammatical accuracy, the contextual understanding of Chinese current affairs and preparation for the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) level 5 examination in Chinese language proficiency. Students will be expected to practise all skills outside the classroom, and to develop an autonomous approach to language learning, using the resources of the Language Centre and, where possible, the Face to Face scheme (enquire at the Language Centre library reception).

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week. Students will actively practice new language (words, phrases and grammar) in pairs and groups in class, as well as through written exercises at home. Activities will aim to develop fluency and skills along with linguistic sophistication and accuracy.


Supplementary materials, including links to online resources, to aid students in their independent learning will be available via Blackboard.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  1. Start to understand extended speech, lectures, films and TV programmes without too much effort
  2. Start to engage with extended texts written for native speakers
  3. Give a presentation on a reasonably complex subject
  4. Write letters, reports and essays in a clear and well structured way, tailoring the style appropriately


By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2+/C1 of the Common European Framework; HSK level 5.

Transferable skills

By the end of the course, students will have developed: information handling and IT skills; cultural appreciation; language awareness; discussion skills; formal presentation skills.


  • Semester 1: 1 written test (25%), which will normally take place during week 12. One dossier task (formative) in week 7.
  • Semester 2:  HSK 5 Reading, Listening and Writing examination (35%); one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (20%). HSK Reading, Listening and Writing examination will take place in week 11 (Sunday). The oral assessments will normally be scheduled during week 12. 

Language of assessment

Mandarin and English

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of: informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities; formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr. Sandra Torres

Taught by

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Maximum entry

15 per group

Set texts

New practical Chinese reader, vol. 4, ISBN: 7561913192, to be supplemented by course materials supplied by the tutor.           

Recommended texts

New practical Chinese reader, vol. 4 Workbook, ISBN: 7561913311. Chinese Proficiency Test Syllabus Level 5, ISBN: 9787100069243


ULCH30030, Advanced Mandarin Chinese (HSK 6 )


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.