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Mandarin Chinese Advanced One

Module titleMandarin Chinese Advanced One
Module codeFLM3430
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Yan Wen-Thornton (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

Mandarin Chinese Advanced One is intended for those who have successfully completed FLM 2330 Mandarin Chinese Intermediate Two or who have a level broadly of A level (Grade A*-B) or equivalent. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of Chinese, in a communicative context. The module is taught as far as possible in Chinese.

Mandarin Chinese Advanced One can be taken towards achieving ‘with advanced proficiency in Chinese”, see

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module is appropriate for those who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent or B1 of the Common European Framework for languages - CEFR. The module develops all four core language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as advanced grammatical structures of the target language. This course is between solid B1 - B2 (Exit level) - Independent User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:

  • Review and consolidate the advanced structures and simplified form characters of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping you with the linguistic tools to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday and academic situations
  • Further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level
  • Build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints
  • 3. Communicate fluently and spontaneously, both orally and in writing, and use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well -structured written text on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate increased autonomy in language learning, with reduced direction from the teacher
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Give clear detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and examples
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Grammar / topics:  

  • modal words
  • formal and informal passive voices
  • tenses
  • conjunctions
  • compound sentences and various clauses
  • four different ways of comparisons
  • VP/SP following verb de expressing a comment or description
  • various meanings of the sentence structure  and  construction
  • sentences expressing appearance or disappearance of a person/thing
  • rhetorical questions

Main Topics:

  • Common knowledge about China
  • China today
  • China's great ancient inventions
  • Travel in China
  • Scenic spots and historic sites in China
  • Chinese media
  • China's recent reform and changes
  • Foreign students in China
  • London Confucius College
  • Urban and rural life in China
  • Transport and environment
  • Chinese Literature: the four great novels

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching 66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Chinese. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50As described on the ELE page 1-7Written and oral
Written Exam251.5 hours1-5,7Written and oral
Oral Exam 2510-12 minutes1-5,7Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-7Referral/deferral period
Written Exam Written Exam 1-5,7Referral/deferral period
Oral ExamOral Exam1,3,6,7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

You will only be required to retake any failed assessments. Marks for any passed assessments will be carried forward. If you have failed any assessments but managed to pass the module overall, you will not be allowed to retake the failed assessments.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Course books:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Vol. 4 (2nd Ed.): Textbook (with MP3 CD) (English and Chinese Edition) by Liu Xun (2011)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Vol. 4 (2nd Ed): Workbook (with MP3 CD) (English and Chinese Edition)  by Liu Xun (2011)

Recommended materials:

  • Dictionary: Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/.English dictionary

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Chinese, Mandarin, advanced

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Completion of FLM2330 or equivalent

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