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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module CHNS1012: Chinese Language 1B

Department: Modern Language and Cultures (Chinese)

CHNS1012: Chinese Language 1B

Type Open Level 1 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • B or above in A level foreign language or equivalent


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Module not available for students on the BA Modern Languages (R000) programme


  • To develop elementary level skills in Chinese speaking, listening, reading & writing


  • No prior knowledge of Chinese is assumed The course will cover the basic grammar of Modern Standard Chinese and include a vocabulary of around 900 high frequency lexical items

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Ability to recognise and use the basic grammatical structures of Modern Standard Chinese Active knowledge of around 900 lexical items written in Chinese characters
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Linguistic competence in the four skills of Modern Standard Chinese equivalent to CEF A1/A2; New HSK Level 3/4
Key Skills:
  • Development of language learning and usage skills in a non-alphabetic script language Use of language learning tools and Chinese dictionaries in a variety of formats both hard-copy and electronic

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Language classes, aural LL based classes, grammar lectures, spoken language small groups, weekly formative tests and exercises, end of year oral, aural and written examinations

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Language Classes 42 Twice weekly 1 hour 42
LL Classes 21 Weekly 1 hour 21
Grammar lectures 21 Weekly 1 hour 21
Oral 21 Weekly 1 hour 21
Test 21 Weekly 1 hour 21
Preparation 274
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 3 hours 100%
Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral Examination 10 minutes 100%
Component: Aural Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Aural Examination 1 hour 100%

Formative Assessment:

Weekly written tests and at home exercises

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University