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Chinese Foundational Literacy and Oracy (LL2B5)



This module will be offered to students who speak a dialect of Chinese (e.g. Cantonese, Hakka, Shanghai, Min, etc.) in or outside China, but read and write Chinese characters in a very limited way; or to those who speak Mandarin at conversational level, but know very little of reading and writing.

Main Objectives:
  • To achieve intermediate level of literacy in reading
  • To produce texts on social, study/work related topics
  • To understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings
  • To achieve B1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.


Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is one weekly blended session (3 hours) for 21 weeks, combining asynchronous tutor-guided study and online synchronous seminar (small group) via Teams.

Some independent study will also be set.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.


Monday: 17:00-20:00


Term 1: Interim test

Term 2: Continuous assessment

Term 3: Reading test, Writing test, Speaking test

Availability of module:

Available as a day-time module, commencing Week 2, Term 1.


Zhiqiong Chen


Oh, China!: An Elementary Reader of Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners, Chih-p’ing CHOU et al, Princeton University Press.(978-0691153087)

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • To speak Mandarin Chinese in a standard way
  • To understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings
  • To produce texts on topics describing experiences and events, using simplified Chinese characters

Course Description:

This module will focus on improving oral fluency and written accuracy in Mandarin Chinese and practising some reading and writing techniques. It starts with the standard Mandarin pronunciation system, but almost at the same time of learning a number of characters to produce texts for communicative purposes. Students are encouraged to present one's opinions and participate in discussions in class. The module is based on a selection of the texts in An Elementary Reader of Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese grammar but also offers students more insights into everyday life and culture in China. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin tones. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning.


Communicative functions/topics

  • language study
  • Chinese communities Outside China
  • China's geography and history
  • housing
  • education
Grammatical/lexical content
  • set phrases and idioms
  • the conditional construction
  • complex conjunctives
  • structural particles
  • summary of complements and complex sentences