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Chinese Lower Intermediate (P34) - Not offered in 2018/19

Please note: this course will not be offered in 2018/19



You might have already studied this language before for about 100 hours. You now are able to deal with some common daily topics and want to start moving beyond merely practising simple predictable communication and learn to cope in non-routine situations. The course will demand more of you by way of vocabulary learning and extend your understanding of the grammar of the language.

Main Objectives:

This course will help you develop more listening, reading and speaking competence on topics of non-routine situation, construct more sophisticated sentences using appropriate grammar, and understand more characters. You will build on previous knowledge and learn to describe experiences, compare differences, ask for and give suggestions recommendations. The emphasis will be on improving oral fluency and characters recognition.


1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.

Course Text

  • Discover China Student’s Book Two, Qi Shaoyan, Zhang Jie, MACMILLAN, ISBN: 978-0-230-40639-1

All text books can be purchased from the University Bookshop.

Course Description

This course is based on the textbook ‘Discover China book 2’ (unit 3-8). Teaching will be focused on spoken language with travel and living in China. Although both Pinyin and characters will be in use in class, the textbook itself is mainly presented in characters. Therefore students will transfer from reading Pinyin to characters recognition. Specific culture background will be given to help students understand the language. Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, extra speaking activities and other online materials.

Homework will be given after each session to enable you to reinforce and practice the language learnt in class.


This course will cover the following:


  • Talking about the Spring festival;
  • Describing how to get somewhere ;
  • Discussing and comparing different hotels;
  • Talking about simple facts about Chinese language and culture;
  • Ordering Chinese food and understanding recipes;
  • Describing shopping and travel experiences.


  • Expressing actions in progress with 在;
  • Using complement to express the result;
  • Expressing passive voice with 被;
  • Expressing a continuing action or state with 着;
  • Giving instructions using imperatives;
  • 把 sentences;
  • Notional passive.