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Chinese 3 for language degree students (LL2A2)



This module will be offered to students who have completed the course of beginners extra or who already have some knowledge of Chinese, e.g. 6 months of study or work in the native speaking countries - equivalent to that covered by the Chinese 2 syllabus, and those who have the potential and motivation to reach the proficiency until the end of Chinese 3 within one year.

Main Objectives:
  • To understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings
  • To produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • To describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
  • To achieve B1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.


4 hours' language classes per week for 21 weeks.

Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is two weekly blended session (2 hours each time) for 21 weeks, combining asynchronous tutor-guided study and face to face in class seminar (small group).

Some independent study will also be set.

NB: teaching might 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.


Monday: 11:00-13:00, Room: S0.20

Friday: 14:00-16:00, Room: S0.20


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


  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 2&3 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University
    Press, 2010, 2012
  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 2&3 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University
    Press, 2010, 2012

Course Description:

This module will focus on understanding of more complex grammar and sentence patterns, communicating on a wider range of topics with an improved oral fluency and accuracy, practising some advanced reading and writing techniques. Students are encouraged to present one's opinions and participate in discussions in class. The module is based on units 18 to 32 of New Practical Chinese Reader 2 and 3. 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. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Exchange information orally on familiar topics and activities
  • Gain more insight into everyday life in the Chinese speaking communities
  • Understand audio and textual materials dealing with descriptions of events and feelings and on familiar matters regularly encountered


Communicative functions/topics
  • sports and leisure
  • looking for a job
  • talking about language studies
  • China's geography: river and mountain
  • climate and weather
  • concept of privacy in Chinese culture
Grammatical content
  • sentences with 'shi','bei', 'ba'
  • location words
  • more comparisons
  • sentences indicating existence or emergence
  • two types of aspects in Chinese
  • the conditional construction
  • complex conjunctives
  • structural particles
  • summary of complements and complex sentences