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Mandarin Chinese for Business

Module titleMandarin Chinese for Business
Module codeFLM3615
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Yan Wen-Thornton (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

In this module we will cover a variety of business-related matters associated with social and cultural aspects in Mandarin Chinese-speaking countries, where you will analyse, criticise and summarise the content of written and aural documents on business related topics. It is based on proficient communicative activities such as reception, production and interaction.

You will be expected to have an interest in using Chinese in business contexts, although no formal prior business study is required. The module is taught entirely in the target language.

Mandarin Chinese for Business can be taken towards achieving ‘with advanced proficiency in Chinese. See:

Module aims - intentions of the module

In this module you will familiarise yourself with the high standard Mandarin pronunciation system and with a number of Chinese idioms and phrases to produce complex texts for communicative purposes. You will be encouraged to present personal opinions and participate in discussions in class.  The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only will provide you with further consolidation of Chinese but it will also offer you more insights into the Chinese business world. In order to register, you will be required to attend an interview and to complete a written placement test. This module is offered at a post-advanced level  and/or near native Mandarin Chinese speakers.

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 a wide range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, 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

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing, on complex and abstract topics and produce coherent, cohesive and accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres
  • 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate your learning
  • 6. Make clear presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and be able to express yourself confidently, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations
  • 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
  • 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

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

  • China politics and reform
  • China legal and banking system
  • China special economic zone
  • Chinese business culture and etiquette
  • How to do business with China
  • Chinese women and Entrepreneurship
  • Business case studies
  • Confucius and Confucianism
  • Laozi and Taoism
  • Globalisation and China's economic prospect

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 teaching44Language classes
Guided independent study106Consolidation of learning; learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / 3 DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Up to 4 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)Variable1-8Written and/or 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
In-class test251.5 hours1-5, 8Written
Oral examination2510-15 minutes1,3-6,8Written
Research essay502500 simplified Chinese characters1-5, 8Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examinationOral examination1, 3-6, 8Referral/deferral period
Research essayResearch essay1-5, 8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Class Test is not available as re-assessment, with proven and accepted mitigation component is excluded from the module calculation. Without proven mitigation a mark of zero will be attained.

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%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • There is no course book for this module.  Please see ELE for recommended resources.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

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

Key words search

Chinese, Advanced, business

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Post advanced or near-native speakers

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


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