ULCH20010 - Intermediate Mandarin Chinese

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: Successful completion of ULCH10200 - Beginners' Chinese.  GCSE grade C or lower or if taken over 3 years ago if grade A*, A or B, or equivalent. Not open to Mandarin or Cantonese speakers.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: September to May (full year)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Chinese. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary China. Students will be expected to use the resources in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest;
  • Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language;
  • Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topic;
  • Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event; and
  • Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest using simplified Chinese characters.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.


  • Semester 1: Dossier 10%; Oral 20% (video 8 min).
  • Semester 2: Dossier 10%; Listening test 20%; written exam 40%

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; and
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr Minjie Xing

Taught by

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Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

New Practical Chinese Reader vol.2 - Textbook: Textbook (annotated in English) (Chinese), ISBN: 978-7561928950

Recommended texts

New Practical Chinese Reader vol.2 - Workbook: Workbook (annotated in English) (Chinese). ISBN: 978-7561928936




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.