LA1PC8N-IWLP Chinese Fast-track non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LA1PC1 IWLP Chinese 1 LA1PC2 IWLP Chinese 2 LA1PC3 IWLP Chinese 3
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mrs Cong Xia Li


Summary module description:

This module is intended for students who are near beginners but who have had some previous exposure to Mandarin Chinese; for example through travel, family contacts, school clubs. On entry, students taking this module will typically have no formal qualifications in the language.

This module aims to allow students to progress to level 2 Chinese but with fewer contact hours than students with no knowledge of the language (the latter will typically take level 1 Chinese).

By the end of IWLP Chinese Fast Track, students will have reached: Chinese Proficiency Test "HSK(Han yu Shui ping kao shi)": Level1+

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

This module 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 this 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, role playing and oral presentations. They will make progress through both the classroom activities and the development of independent language study skills. They will acquire a broad understanding of lifestyle, culture and society in the Mandarin Chinese-speaking world.

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, ect; that related to the main textbook. 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 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
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:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:”
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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%.)

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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