ULCH10022 – Introduction to Chinese

A course unit offered in conjunction with the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning.

  • Credits: 10
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese before
  • 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. structure.Not open to Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese speakers
  • Taught during: Second semester (January to May)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This unit will be running in semester 2 of 2020/21, and more information about its content will be available shortly.  If you are interested in enrolling for this unit, please contact: andres.lozoya@manchester.ac.uk to register your interest and we will email you when it is open for enrolment.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Handle some of the basic grammatical structures of Mandarin Chinese; and
  2. Communicate orally in a limited number of social occasions.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 (Speaking and Listening) of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focused listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

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.


To be announced.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

a) informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities; 

b) formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Minjie Xing and Ablimit Baki Elterish

Taught by

See timetables

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Mastering Chinese, ISBN: 978-1352001365


To be announced.


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.