SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N123205
Module Leader Lionel Quidu
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

No prior knowledge of the language

Summary of Content

In this module, learners will have the opportunity to learn to use basic practical language skills for listening, reading, speaking and writing. This will enable the learners to engage confidently in everyday situations using basic Mandarin Chinese. The course will aim to develop a basic vocabulary of Mandarin Chinese for learners, and allow them to make use of the vocabulary to be able to speak, read and understand basic Chinese, whilst maintaining reasonable grammatical accuracy. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.


-1014b7 Introduction of Language Specifications (Pinyin Romanization, tones and characters) -1014b7 Introductions, greetings and other courtesies b7 Personal information, nationality, family, interests, work b7 Numbers: dealing with dates, time, money b7 Expressing language difficulties b7 Directions in a town / in a building b7 Shopping b7 Eating out, likes, dislikes b7 Daily routine Typical Chinese festivals, food

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Introduce him/herself, describe a situation or an opinion using basic Mandarin Chinese, and to understand other people's information in Chinese." Sustain simple exchanges of conversation in Chinese in various situations without lengthy pauses." Read and write basic Chinese text, with reasonable grammatical accuracy." Understand and use basic Chinese grammatical rules and the phonetic Pinyin system, tones and simple sentence structures" Develop a written vocabulary of at least 100 Chinese characters.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-360b7 The main focus will be on the development of speaking and listening. Due to the challenges of Chinese characters, reading and writing should be developed gradually b7 Teaching is theme-based and delivered through classroom activities, which are mainly student-centred, and are a mixture of individual, pair and group work. b7 Regular independent homework is submitted for evaluation and marking so that the progress of the individual learner can be monitored. b7 Assessed coursework towards end of the first trimester provides the occasion for the learner to obtain further feedback on progress made. b7 A wide variety of resources are used, including course books, and generally available online resources, worksheets, DVD clips, quizzes, games. In addition, students have access to online resources like GCU Learn (Blackboard). b7 Introduction to practical communication skills in the language, spoken and written. b7 Understand aural and written documents in the target language and extract basic information in the language to covey meaning in English. -360b7 Introduction of cultural elements/facts and development of basic cultural awareness. -360b7 In terms of grammar and sentence structure, comparisons between English and Mandarin Chinese languages will be used to aid understanding.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Learn Chinese with me - Student's book 1 (People's Education Press) ISBN 978-7-107-16422-4, workbook, flash cards Online sources: -360b7 BBC Languages - Chinese <> -360b7 BBC offers a lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series: <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Understand information in the target language - written and oral at a basic level Interpret/render and convey basic meaning/main points in English of aural and written materials.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 156.00
Assessment 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 35% Coursework 1Listening Skills/Oral/Creative writing/Language exercise