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Chinese 4 (LL239, LL314)



This module will be offered to students who already have a good knowledge of Chinese from 6 months or more intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, AS level or lower grades of IB or A level, or those who have completed Chinese 3 or equivalent levels. It will give students the opportunity to build upon previously learned knowledge and use more complex grammar and sentence patterns and some formal register on a wider range of social, study and work-related topics. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Main Objectives:

To further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in various social and study/work-related contexts
To understand ideas in complex texts
To produce text on topics on a wider range of topics
To work towards B2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.


3 hours' language classes per week in a blended mode(mixture of online and face-to-face class) for 21 weeks.

Timetable: 11:00-14:00, Friday

Room: OC0.05

NB: Teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

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.


Term 1 -one interim test

Term 2 -listening test/coursework

Term 3 -reading test, writing test, speaking test



Core Textbooks:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 3, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2004. (ISBN:7-5619-1251- X)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 4, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2004. (ISBN: 9787561913192)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 3, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2004. (ISBN: 7-5619-1252-8)

Course Description:

This module will focus on understanding and oral production of natural and authentic linguistic patterns, with more detailed analysis of important words and phrases. Students will also practise more advanced reading and writing techniques. It will involve student presentation on certain chosen topics, group discussion, pair work and other active learning methods. The module is based on units 33-41 of New Practical Chinese Reader 3/4, together with supplementary materials. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese grammar but also offers more insights into social issues and everyday life in China today. There are homework and online resources to consolidate and assist classroom learning.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • develop their oral fluency and accuracy in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations
  • gather information from authentic texts of a variety of informal and formal genres
  • produce reasonably long essays on both social and study/work related topics, using simplified characters
  • increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society
  • critically evaluate texts relating to culture and engage where appropriate with scholarly debates
  • conduct and present independent research into one area of culture


  • food culture in China
  • climate and weather
  • transport and communication
  • environmental protection
  • mortgage and loans
  • gender equality
  • job opportunities
  • sentences indicating the existence or emergence of something
  • complex conjunctives
  • structural particles
  • summary of complements and complex sentences