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Chinese 4 (LL239)



Pre-requisite: prior knowledge of Chinese:

  • Completed Language Centre Chinese 3 or equivalent levels
  • AS level or lower grades of IB or A level
  • A B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
  • 6 months or more intensive study or work in the native speaking countries only
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 achieve B1+ and work towards B2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

  • Three-hour face-to-face class on campus +one hour online class
  • Some independent study will also be set

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online. 

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 1: one interim test (10%)

Term 2: one listening test (15%)

Term 3: one reading / writing test (40%) + one speaking test (35%)


Yinghong Shang

Core Texts:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 3 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2012. (ISBN:7-5619-3255- 1)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 4 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2012. (ISBN: 7-5619-3431-9)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 3 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2011. (ISBN: 7-5619-3207-0)

Course Description:

The module will focus on improving the following:

  • gaining further consolidating Chinese grammar
  • understanding and oral production of natural and authentic linguistic patterns, with more detailed analysis of important words and phrases
  • understanding texts on social and study/work related topics
  • using more advanced reading and writing techniques
  • gaining more insights into social issues and everyday life in China today

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

By the end of the module, students should be able to achieve B1+ standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


  • food culture in China
  • climate and weather
  • transport and environmental protection
  • loans and consumption attitude
  • gender equality
  • job opportunities
  • sentences indicating the existence or emergence of something
  • complex conjunctives
  • structural particles
  • summary of complements and complex sentences
Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • written and spoken communication
  • strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • intercultural awareness, professionalism, digital Literacy, teamwork, problem-solving

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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