ULCH51020 - LEAP Chinese 2

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: LEAP Chinese 1 or equivalent e.g. GCSE grade 4 or 5 taken in the last 3 years.  Not open to Mandarin or Cantonese speakers.
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: September to May (full year)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to develop skills acquired in LEAP Chinese 1 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the fundamentals of grammar already acquired. The course introduces students to a wider range of vocabulary to enable them to read longer texts and conduct a more general everyday conversation in familiar topics of everyday communication in a Mandarin-speaking country. Topics covered in LEAP Chinese 1 will be revised and extended and new themes will be introduced which will develop an understanding of the society and culture of contemporary China.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate better understanding and knowledge of key grammar points with appropriate usage;
  • demonstrate reasonable competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics;
  • communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  • write a short text of independent writing in Mandarin characters with less reliance on pinyin.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)


  • Semester 1: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester 2: Week 11- Listening 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities; and
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr Ablimit Baki Elterish

Taught by

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Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

New Practical Chinese Reader vol.2 - Textbook: Textbook (annotated in English) (Chinese), ISBN: 978-7561928950

Recommended texts

New Practical Chinese Reader vol.2 - Workbook: Workbook (annotated in English) (Chinese). ISBN: 978-7561928936




Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.