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Chinese 5 (LL245, 317)



This module will be offered to students who already have a good knowledge of Chinese including one year or more of intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, good A level, or those who have completed Learning Chinese 4 or equivalent levels.

Main Objectives:

It aims to further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in different social situations, and to enable students to live and work more effectively in the relevant countries. Students will also learn to reflect their own strengths, weaknesses and strategies in language learning. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.


2 hours' language classes per week in face-to-face classes, from week 2, Term 1.

Timetable: 5-7pm Thursday. FAB6.03 - kobi

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions. See updates in Moodle.

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

Term 3 - reading coursework, writing test, speaking test


Zhiyan GUO

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 university online bookshop Blackwell’s via the following link: 

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)


  • New Age Chinese-English Dictionary. The Commercial Press, 2007 (ISBN:7-100-04345-X/H 1085)
  • Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary: English-Chinese, Chinese-English. The Commercial Press, 2003 (ISBN: 0-19-596458-6 0-19-596458-6 )

Course Description:

This module will focus on further developing communicative competence of Chinese to a higher level, improving fluency and accuracy in both oral and written performances and communicating effectively in situations ranging from informal conversation to more formal presentation. Students will also be trained to use more advanced reading and writing techniques. It will involve student presentation on certain chosen topics and group discussion. The teaching is based on textbooks as well as authentic materials from media of the native speaking countries. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese linguistic elements but also offers more insights into contemporary life in today's Chinese-speaking communities. There are homework and online resources to complement classroom learning.

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
  • 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).


Main Topics
  • 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