CHN10010 Chinese Language Experience I

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is an introductory level course for students who have no (or very little) prior knowledge of Chinese language. The aim is, with guided study, to familiarize students with the basics of spoken and written forms of Chinese in order to help them acquire basic communicative competence. The course will cover pronunciation and tones, basic sentence structures, useful daily expressions, core vocabulary and high-frequency appearing characters.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand phrases and sentences on topics such as common greetings, oneself, family and friends, dates and time, directions and locations, and going shopping (when given adequate time and relevant cues);
2) Read simple texts, standardized messages, phrases and expressions on topics given above;
3) Achieve mastery of the Pinyin (Romanisation of Standard Chinese) system, and pronounce acquired vocabulary and short phrases with the correct tones;
4) Ask questions and make sentences involving learned material;
5) Write simple texts on the topics learned using characters;
6) Build up a vocabulary of 200 words;
7) Achieve HSK level 1 proficiency.

Indicative Module Content:

Week 1: Phonetics and greetings
Week 2: The interrogative pronoun什么/谁/哪;The “是”sentence; Interrogative sentence with “吗” ;The structural particle“的”;The interrogative particle “呢”.
Week 3: The interrogative pronoun 几/怎么; Numbers below 100; “了”indicating a change; The interrogative phrase “多+大”;The modal verb “会”;Sentences with an adjectival predicate.
Week 4: Expression of dates; Sentence with a nominal predicate; 去+place+ to do sth.; The modal verb“想”;The interrogative pronoun“多少”;The measure words“个”and“口”;Expression of money
Week 5: The Verb “在”;The interrogative pronoun “哪儿”;The preposition “在”;The interrogative particle “呢”
Week 6: The “有”sentence indicating existence; The conjunction “和”;The modal verb “能”;Imperative sentence with “请”.
Week 7: Expression of time; Time word used as an adverbial; The noun “前”.
Week 8: The interrogative pronoun“怎么样”;Sentence with a subject-predicate phrase as the predicate; The adverb “太”;The modal verb “会”.
Week 9: The interjection “喂”;“在……呢”used to indicate an action in progress; The modal particle “吧”.
Week 10: “了”indicating occurrence or completion; The noun “后”;The modal particle “啊”;The adverb “都”
Week 11: The structure “是…….的”used to emphasize time, place, or manner.
Week 12: Revision

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will learn basic conversations on daily topics through interactive workshops, oral practice, vocabulary work and tutorials. The course also introduces students to learning Chinese with the assistance of computers, smartphones and other online resources. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Learning Exclusions:

Students who are native Mandarin speakers, or those whose Mandarin Chinese level is equal to or higher than HSK level 1, are not eligible to take this module as an elective.

The lecturer reserves the right to assess the language competence of all students. Students whose competence is incompatible with the level of their chosen elective module will be advised to transfer to a more appropriate language module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LANG10020 - Chinese L & C 1, LANG10160 - Chinese L & C 2, LANG20140 - Chinese L & C 3, LANG20320 - Chinese L&C 4, LANG20420 - Chinese L & C 3a

Chinese Language Experience I (BCHN10030)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Engagement in discussion, oral presentation and/or homework tasks. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Two in-class tests throughout the trimester Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Final exam testing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Week 13 Coursework (End of Trimester) No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: One video project to be completed throughout the trimester Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Xiaodong Li Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Caitríona Osborne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Xuan Yang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 11:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 12:00 - 12:50