Modern Languages and Cultures

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code CHINZ901
Coordinator Ms M Rabadan Gomez
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Co-requisite modules:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Speaking test There is a reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  10    30       
Class Test There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  90    70       


Develop a very basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Chinese;

Provide students with an understanding of very basic structures of Chinese grammar;

Provide an introduction to the culture and society of China;

Develop some intercultural understanding.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in line with the HSK THRESHOLD level

(LO2) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic structures of Chinese.

(LO3) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the culture of China.

(S1) Communication skills – basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the target language

(S2) Global citizenship – cultural awareness

(S3) Improving own learning / performance – self-awareness / self-analysis.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is taught through 24 general language classes, which include reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises and grammar teaching and practice. Students have a chance to consolidate and practice the structures and vocabulary acquired in conversation, discussions, short presentations and short writing and note taking exercises. Chinese will be the main language of teaching in class. Students are expected to attend all classes, to hand in homework and the portfolio on time and to work through the assigned exercises independently. The module offers much accompanying material, including online resources, which can be used for independent study in the library. Regular feedback forms an integral part of the module.

The majority of teaching will be delivered face-to-face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.



Introductory course in Chinese language: grammar, translation and written and spoken communication; The syllabus can be found in the module handbook which can be accessed through CANVAS; A weekly schedule for the module will be issued at the beginning of the semester.

Recommended Texts

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