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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 for language degree students 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)


Teaching and learning

Two weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • Four-hour face-to-face class on campus
  • 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 (50%) + one speaking test (25%)


Zhiqiong Chen

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • 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.

Successful completion of this module qualifies students to progress to Chinese 4 for language degree students (LL314).

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
  • Produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, using correct characters

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 Independent user (threshold) of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). 


The syllabus will include the following:

  • sports and leisure
  • Chinese festivals & operas
  • talking about language studies
  • China's geography: river and mountain
  • climate and weather
  • concept of modesty and privacy in Chinese culture

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.

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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