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Chinese 5 (LL245, 317)


Level: Advanced

Prerequisite: prior knowledge of Chinese:

  • Successful completion of Language Centre Chinese 4 equivalent module
  • A B1+level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
  • One year or more of intensive study or work in the native speaking countries
  • A good A level or equivalent
Main Objectives:
  • To further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in different social situations
  • To enable students to live and work more effectively in the relevant countries.
  • To achieve B2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and learning:

One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • One weekly two-hour face-to-face class delivered on campus
  • Some independent study will also be set

Students will take part in an online exchange with a university in China.

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: listening/culture component assessment (15%)

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


Yinghong Shang

Course books

  • Reading Into a New China: Deciphering a Changing Society. Volume 1 (2nd Ed.) Duanduan Li and Irene Liu. Cheng & Tsui. 2017 (978-1622911257) (core)
  • The Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course. Kunshan Carolyn Lee, Routledge, 2010 (9780415-77407-9)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 4. Xun Liu, Beijing Language and Culture University Press (978-7561913192)

Course Description:

The module will focus on improving the following:

  • further developing communicative competence of Chinese to a higher level
  • improving fluency and accuracy in both oral and written performances
  • communicating effectively in situations ranging from informal conversation to more formal presentation
  • using more advanced reading and writing techniques (simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed)
  • gaining more insights into contemporary life in the Chinese-speaking communities.

Successful completion of Chinese 5 qualifies students to progress to Chinese 6.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • develop competence in a broad range of complex and non-routine language tasks across a wide variety of contexts
  • gather accurate information from authentic texts of a variety of registers with an appreciation of literary and non-literary styles
  • become more proficient in using a wider range of register and style in speaking
  • produce longer essays on contemporary social issues as well as write formal letters in an appropriate manner, using correct characters
  • demonstrate further awareness and appreciation of Chinese culture

By the end of the module, students should be able to achieve B2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


  • education and employment
  • economics and geography
  • popular culture
  • social changes
  • cultural traditions
  • detached phrases
  • complex sentences
  • synonyms and antonyms
  • slang and colloquial expressions
  • set phrases and collocations
Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Problem-solving, Critical thinking

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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