Chinese 2 (PG)

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FHEQ Level
China and Inner Asia Section

Module overview

The module provides students with a basic knowledge of Chinese and practice of using Chinese in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Chinese speakers in Chinese.


Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate . . .

  1. knowledge and understanding of most of basic Chinese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of more essential Chinese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Chinese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Chinese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  7. the ability to deliver short prepared verbal presentation on topics of general interest
  8. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Chinese in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)


This course will be taught over 20 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides an introduction to Chinese language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Chinese. It covers phonetics and phonology (with special attention paid to tones), characters (including aspects of origin, structures, radicals, etc.). Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, making comparisons, etc.

Method of assessment

A three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); continuous assessment (20%); oral examination (10%).


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