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Chinese Beginners for Language Degree Students (LL2C2)



Beginners and near beginners. The module is open to students with no or little knowledge of oriental scripts in their prior language learning or mother tongues. Due to the 'accelerated' nature, the module allows the students to take fast pace to achieve almost all of the outcomes of Chinese 2 by the end of the study.

Main Objectives
  • To enable students to enhance their knowledge on basic sentence patterns and ways of expressions
  • To develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks
  • To begin to develop strategies for learning Chinese
  • To achieve A2 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

This is a 30 CREDITS module.

Teaching and Learning

One weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as: 

  • one 3-hour face-to-face class on campus
  • one 2-hour face-to-face class 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 will move online.

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. 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%)


Zhong Zheng

Course Texts (must be bought by student)

  • New Practical Chinese Reader (2nd Edition), Textbook 1, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2010.

  • New Practical Chinese Reader (2nd Edition), Textbook 2 (Units 15-17), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2010.

  • New Practical Chinese Reader (2nd Edition), Workbook 1, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2010.

  • New Practical Chinese Reader (2nd Edition), Workbook 2 (Units 15-17), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2010.

Course Description:

The module will focus on acquiring essential listening and speaking skills, providing more exposure and practice of speech sounds and tones. Students will also develop their reading techniques and writing of characters. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides an introduction to Chinese language but also gives the students an insight into a broad spectrum of everyday life in China. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Successful completion of this module qualifies students to progress to Chinese 3 for Language Degree Students (LL2A2).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Communicate more confidently with a certain level of oral fluency and accuracy in a range of daily life situations
  • Understand general and detailed information from audio materials of clear and standard pronunciation
  • Obtain required messages from Chinese texts on familiar topics
  • Compose longer paragraphs in characters

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).


The syllabus will include the following:

  • ordering drinks and food
  • getting personal information and talking about one's family
  • talking about one's university
  • making an appointment
  • celebrating one's birthday
  • shopping and talking about past activities and experience
  • renting a house
  • travelling and changing money at a bank
  • basic sentence structures
  • different forms of questions
  • attributives expressing possession
  • numbers from 1-999 and numeral-measure words as attributives
  • pivotal sentences
  • the particle 'le'
  • the 'ba' sentence
  • comparison
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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