Mandarin Chinese Advanced Two (FLM3530)

StaffDr Yan Wen-Thornton - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLM3415/3430 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent, plus one year of study on an Advanced course or B2 of the Common European Framework for languages - CEFR. This module is between  solid B2 - C1 (Exit level) Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

  • Review and consolidate the advanced structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
  • Further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level
  • Build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a wide range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, orally or in writing, on complex and abstract topics and produce coherent, cohesive and accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres
  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate their learning
  • 6. Make clear presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and be able to express themselves confidently, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations
  • 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriateWork creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
  • 8. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Main grammar: At this level, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical and complex structures. However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of the following grammar during the module:

  • Chinese measure words
  • modal words
  • formal and informal passive voices
  • tenses
  • complex conjunctions
  • compound sentences and various clauses
  • structural particles
  • pivotal sentences
  • the rhetorical question
  • the construction sentences
  • interrogative pronouns and comparisons.

Main topics:

  • Chinese culture and customs
  • Chinese history and literature
  • China politics and economics
  • Chinese women
  • Chinese family and children
  • China reform and change 

Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work, listening comprehension and writing exercise. 

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Mandarin Chinese. You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and coursework items. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching66Language classes
Guided independent study234Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehensionVariable1-7Written and oral
1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 1-6,8Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral test3010-12 minutes2, 4, 5, 7Written and oral
Written examination502 hours1-6, 8Written and oral
In class listening test2045 minutes1-8Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examinationOral examination2, 4, 5, 7Ref/Def period
Written examinationWritten examination1-6, 8Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

For the re-assessment, there will be no in-class listening test, instead there will be an oral test (30%) and a written examination (70%).

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:  

  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 5 (v. 5) (Chinese Edition) by Liu Xun


Other resources: 

  •  Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/English dictionary.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/English dictionary

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