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 CHINX905
Coordinator Ms M Rabadan Gomez
Languages, Cultures and Film
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 4 FHEQ First 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
Class test This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There is a resit opportunity.  90    70       
Speaking Test There is a reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  10    30       


To develop an intermediate competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Chinese equivalent to the HSK Level 3 or B1 level in the CEFR;

To provide students with an understanding of basic and intermediate structures of Chinese grammar;

To explore aspects of contemporary Chinese-speaking cultures through the medium of Chinese;

To develop students' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply intermediate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Chinese in line with the HSK 3 / CEFR B1 level.

(LO2) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the intermediate structures of Chinese as well as of formal and informal registers.

(LO3) Demonstrate knowledge of aspects of contemporary Chinese language and culture.

(LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

(S1) Communication skills – intermediate 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 hours of general language classes, when possible including listening comprehension in the language laboratory. These 24 hours can be divided between synchronous and asynchronous learning activities as needed. Students practise and consolidate the structures and vocabulary of intermediate level via a variety of activities: reading and listening, conversation, discussions, presentations and writing and note taking exercises. The classes will be taught in Chinese for the most part. Students are expected to attend all classes, to contribute to weekly learning activities, such as discussion boards, to hand in homework and to submit the portfolios on time. Students will work through the assigned exercises independently or in groups as directed by the tutor. The module offers much accompanying material, including online resources, which can be used for independent study at home or 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.



Intermediate course in Chinese language: culture, grammar, 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 is issued at the beginning of the semester.

Recommended Texts

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