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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module CHNS3012: Chinese Language 4B Following Year Abroad

Department: Modern Language and Cultures (Chinese)

CHNS3012: Chinese Language 4B Following Year Abroad

Type Open Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Chinese Language 2B (MELA2012) or equivalent


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To build on the Chinese language skills developed in the year abroad to the point where graduates are capable of using Chinese as a working language for employment or further study / research, and are aware of the cultural imperatives for operating in such an environment.


  • The course will primarily employ ‘real’ texts, newspapers, TV reports, internet material, in a topic based approach designed to maximise students’ ability to absorb information in Chinese and formulate arguments in the language in discussions on contemporary real-life issues.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed practical and analytical knowledge and effective understanding of the lexis, structures, registers, and varieties of Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) including an active vocabulary of around 4,000 lexical items. Awareness of the functions of different text types and the need to formulate language appropriate to the cultural and social situation.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Linguistic competence in the four skills of Modern Standard Chinese equivalent to CEF B2/C1 or New HSK Level 5/6. The ability to communicate fluently and appropriately, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy, in writing and in speech, with competent or native speakers of Modern Standard Chinese. The ability to translate / interpret between Chinese and English in both directions, and to read a wide variety of text types in Chinese. The ability to use Chinese language software, both for reception and production.
Key Skills:
  • The ability to identify, describe, and analyse problems of language use in general, and work out strategies for interpretation.
  • Advanced presentational and communicative skills
  • High level cultural awareness
  • Use of a wide variety of language reference works and software programs

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

  • Language classes, aural LL based classes, spoken language small groups, regular 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 63 3 per week 1 hour 63
LL Classes 21 Weekly 1 hour 21
Oral 42 Weekly 1 hour 42
Preparation 274
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination 1 Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 3 hours 100%
Component: Oral Examination Component Weighting: 15%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral Examination 15 minutes 100%
Component: Aural Examination Component Weighting: 15%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Aural Examination 1 hour 100%
Component: Year Abroad Oral Examination Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Year Abroad Oral Examination 20 minutes 100%

Formative Assessment:

Regular classroom tests and weekly 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