LA1PC1-IWLP Chinese 1

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LA1PC2 IWLP Chinese 2 LA1PC3 IWLP Chinese 3 LA1PC8 IWLP Chinese Fast Track
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Cong Xia Li


Summary module description:

This module intended to provide students with no prior knowledge, an introduction to Mandarin, concentrating on its communicative use in familiar everyday situations.

The module aims to enable students to acquire a basic understanding of the language and the ability to communicate at a survival level. The four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be taught in class. The official phonetic system for transcribing Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese characters into Latin alphabet and the simplified written form of Chinese characters will be introduced. The module will also to provide students with an insight into aspects of society and every-day life in China.

By the successful completion of IWLP Chinese 1, students will have reached: Chinese Proficiency Test "HSK(Han yu Shui ping kao shi)": Level1/1+

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Reading University allows students from any year to take this module. Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences. Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills. They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking. For queries, contact

The module aims at providing students with:
•This course aims to provide students with:
- the ability to communicate typical everyday situations met by visitors when studying or travelling in China for a short time at a basic level.
- the competence in basic Mandarin grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate at a basic level in everyday situations;
- the ability to read and write short texts on simple topics that has immediate personal relevance;
-further develop their understanding of the Chinese culture

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students will be able to:
- understand the official phonetic system of Mandarin pronunciations;
- write the very simple basic characters in the correct stroke orders;
- communicate in Mandarin by speaking and writing at a basic level;
- recognise and apply high frequency of basic characters and simple grammatical structures in Mandarin about a selection of simple and predictable everyday topics;
- understand native-speakers of Chinese in frequently-occurring social functions and on topics related to areas of most immediate relevance;
- produce simple written texts on familiar, everyday matters in areas of immediate need, or a letter describing personal habits and experiences.

Additional outcomes:
•Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience in simple oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Outline content:
This module will consolidate and develop the language and communicative situation in the area of visiting and studying in China. Students will study the topics that relate to personal information and interest as well as money and currency, shopping, health and wellbeing. Students will be able to pronounce Pinyin with increased confidence and accuracy and the use of (simplified) characters will be reinforced and further developed.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 36 40 4
Guided independent study 44 50 26
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Length of examination:
A two-hour paper.

Requirements for a pass:
40% overall for UG students, 50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on basis of examination only (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%)

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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