Chinese can be taken as a minor with French, Spanish and German or a range of non-language subjects.

In order to take the Chinese minor, you must do Chinese as one of your three subjects in the 1st year.

The first-year course (CHIN100) is designed as a breakthrough into Mandarin Chinese in its standardised spoken modern form and in simplified characters for beginners with no or little prior knowledge of Chinese.

It starts at a level in Chinese broadly equivalent to the “A1 Basic User, Breakthrough” level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, aiming to help students achieve the “A2 Basic User, Waystage” level towards the end of the module (roughly equal to AS level).

The module will teach Chinese language skills for listening, speaking, reading, and writing (focusing on the first three), which enable students to engage in daily life conversation using simple Chinese confidently.

More specifically, the module will cover:

  • background to Mandarin Chinese
  • Chinese phonetics including pronunciation and intonation
  • the Romanization system (Pinyin with tones)
  • more advanced skills for Chinese pronunciation and sound recognition
  • basics of Chinese grammar and key sentence structures
  • vocabulary requirements and language functions for daily life across a wide range of topics
  • as well as aspects of the writing system such as the radical system and stroke types and orders

A general knowledge of Chinese culture and Chinese ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills will also be taught on the module