LANG10020 Chinese Language and Culture 1(CEFR A1.1)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is for students who have no previous knowledge of Chinese and offers an introduction to Mandarin Chinese language and culture. The aim is to enable students to develop competence in a range of everyday tasks in Chinese. The module will focus on oral communication and on acquiring essential listening and speaking abilities. Students will also develop and practise basic reading and writing techniques. The stimulus material (oral, aural and written) will provide an introduction to Chinese grammar and syntax and will contribute to giving the students an insight into aspects of Chinese life and culture. This module will be delivered via small group teaching with classes having a maximum of 16 students. Students will also have access to extra resources and materials via the Virtual Learning Environment, Brightspace.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to
• introduce and describe themselves in Chinese (spoken production)
• ask and answer questions on familiar topics (spoken interaction)
• understand basic messages and announcements (listening)
• recognize Pinyin and understand simple informational texts in Pinyin and characters (35) (reading)
• write simple notes, messages and personal letters in Pinyin and characters (writing)
• demonstrate awareness of aspects of Chinese life and culture

Students who achieve at least a B grade at the end of this module are deemed to have reached Level A1.1 of the Common European Framework

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Small group learning with interactive, task-based activities 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

No prior knowledge of the target language

Learning Exclusions:

Any prior study of the target language

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BCHN10030 - Chinese Language Experience I, BCHN10070 - Elementary Written Chinese II, BCHN10080 - Elementary Spoken Chinese II, BCHN20010 - Int. Spoken Chinese I, BCHN20020 - Int. Spoken Chinese III, BCHN20210 - Int. Written Chinese I, BCHN20220 - Int. Written Chinese III, BCHN30030 - Business Chinese I, BCHN30040 - Business Chinese II, CHN10010 - Chinese Language Experience I, CHN10030 - Elementary Written Chinese II, CHN10040 - Elementary Spoken Chinese II, CHN20010 - Int. Spoken Chinese I, CHN20020 - Int. Spoken Chinese III, CHN20030 - Int. Written Chinese I, CHN20040 - Int. Written Chinese III, CHN30010 - Business Chinese I, CHN30020 - Business Chinese II

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Oral Examination Week 12 No Graded No


Examination: Mid-Term Examination Week 6 No Graded No


Examination: Written Examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Aural Examination Week 11 No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided individually to students on the midterm exam in Week 7-8. Students can seek feedback on end of semester components, post-assessment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 11:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 30, 32 Tues 10:00 - 10:50