Chinese 4 - 3rd Term (held in Reading)

Course summary

  • Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Mon 10 Jul 2017
  • 7:00-9:00pm 10 meetings
  • Room 108, Building 22, London Road Campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ
  • From £160.00
  • 5 CATS points
  • Course code R16P283XCW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • In progress - closed to new applications

Chinese 4 - 3rd Term (held in Reading)


This 10-week consolidation course is based on the syllabus of the previous two terms and is primarily tailored to meet the needs of students who completed the weekly class, but new students who are at the appropriate level of proficiency are also welcome. Students who missed some classes during the first two terms and wish to catch up for the next level up in the next academic year are encouraged to join.

This communicative course develops the learners'oral and written proficiency in Chinese in a wider range of situations and with a degree of fluency. To benefit from the course, students will have
* completed Chinese 3 or equivalent
* gained a AS in Chinese
* achieved level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in Chinese.

This Upper intermediate level course is between levels B1 and B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is for students who wish to develop their oral and written skills to interact with a degree of fluency and confidence in Chinese. The participants will be encouraged to converse with some spontaneity, discuss familiar topics and contemporary society, and listen to radio and TV broadcast. The course will extend the students'knowledge of the culture and contemporary Chinese society through the study of texts and/or recordings on current affairs.
The class activities will focus on listening, speaking, grammar structures and cultural awareness; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities, discussions, scenarios and role-plays.

Programme details

The programme will be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group to enhance all language skills and grammar. Students are encouraged to express their needs to the tutor who will aim to address these during the ten weeks.

Course Books;
Qi Shaoyan, Zhang Jie
Course Book: Discover China Book 2  Student Book including Audio CD.
ISBN 9780230406391

Recommended Websites;


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)


All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.


Course Fee: £160.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Ms Jin Zhang


Jin Zhang is a qualified lecturer with over ten years  teaching and research experience in Chinese education. She has edited textbook series entitled 'Enjoy Chinese Learning' and 'GCSE Chinese', and has conducted research projects and published papers.

Course aims

The aim of the third term is to:

  • consolidate what has been learnt throughout the first two terms, and
  • revise more challenging aspects of the language that are appropriate for the level

Course Objectives:
* To consolidate and revise all previously acquired language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
* To interact in spoken and written Chinese on a range of contemporary issues currently addressed in the Chinese media
* To develop the reading comprehension skills to understand authentic texts on current affairs or contemporary Chinese society
* To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write connected text on familiar topics

Teaching methods

All the Departments language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions, debates, and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on practising listening, speaking, and grammar structures as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Teaching outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills
Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:

S communicate confidently in a wide range of situations
L understand specific information contained in authentic material
R understand the content of texts/articles of varying complexity
W write simple discursive essays

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace.
At this level, students can expect to be assessed on one 1,500 word essay, two shorter ones, a 15-minute presentation or equivalent. Prior to the formal assessment, students will also have the opportunity to submit a 500 word written piece to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in languages or other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)