Chinese 3 (Open Access)

Centre for Modern Languages, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 20981

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester Across both

Pre-requisite modules 15718

Module description


  • 1. Structures

  • Prepositional structures

  • Expression of frequency, exclusivity, likes/dislikes, sufficiency

  • Verb constructions

  • Comparison

  • Final particles expressing aspect, probability and suggestion

  • Conditional sentences

  • Direction indicatorsv
    Forms of address

  • Language Functions/Situations

  • Daily expressions: farewell; invitations; wishing good luck or good journey, etc.

  • Talking about likes/dislikes, marital status and occupation, where you live, describing and locating places

  • Asking the way and understanding directions

  • Ordering drinks and food

  • Shopping

  • Describing people's actions and behaviours

  • Talking about what you give and receive

  • Expressing wishes

  • Expressing opinions

Cultural content

Wide aspects of Chinese culture relevant to the language functions studied will be introduced through authentic documents taken from Chinese media (press, TV) and pictures, and some background material in English.

  • Chinese traditional, social behaviour and gestures

  • Regional differences in cultural features (for example, Beijing, Shanghai and Xi¿an)

  • Chinese transport (public transportation system, public signs, etc.)

  • Chinese gift-giving culture

  • Chinese forms of address

  • Meeting and seeing off people

  • Chinese festivals and related activities such as Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid Autumn Festival

  • Chinese table manners

  • Dress codes

Teaching and learning methods

Practical language classes involving whole-group, small-group/pair-work and individual activities with emphasis on oral communication, use of visual aids and audio/video recordings, use of language laboratory where appropriate.