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Chinese 3 (LL230)



This module will be offered to students who have completed Chinese 2 or who already have some knowledge of Chinese - equivalent to that covered by the Chinese 2 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To build upon previously learned knowledge to use more complex grammar and sentence patterns, understand authentic texts, further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to deal with a wider range of predictable situations, and gain more insights into Chinese culture. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.


3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
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.


Zhiqiong Chen


  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 2 (Units 21-26), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN: 7-5619-1129-7)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 3 (Units 27-32), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN: 7-5619-1251- X)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 2 (Units 21-26), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN: 7-5619-1145-7)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 3 (Units 27-32) Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN:7-5619-1252-8)
  • Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary: English-Chinese, Chinese-English. The Commercial Press, 2003 (ISBN: 0-1959-6833-6)

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 fluecy 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 21 to 32 of New Practical Chinese Reader 2/3. 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:

  • communicate orally with more confidence in Chinese in a wider variety of situations
  • obtain detailed information from authentic audio materials of clear and standard pronunication
  • find required messages from both narrative and argumentative Chinese texts
  • compose essays on familiar topics and of personal interests



Communicative functions

  • talking about sports/matches
  • talking about direction and location
  • talking about past experience
  • looking for a job
  • talking about plans
  • describing the weather
  • talking about living conditions
  • talking about language studies
  • expressing one's opinions
  • giving examples

Grammatical content

  • sentences with 'shi','bei', 'ba'
  • location words
  • sentences indicating existence or emergence
  • more complex complements
  • two types of aspects in Chinese
  • the conditional construction
  • more comparisons