Chinese 5 (Held in Reading)

Course summary

  • Mon 02 Oct 2017 to Mon 12 Mar 2018
  • 7:00-9:00pm 20 meetings
  • Room G12, Building 33, London Road Campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ
  • From £305.00
  • 20 CATS points
  • Course code R17P225XCW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • Course ended

Chinese 5 (Held in Reading)


This communicative course allows participants to develop their proficiency in Chinese to a level where they can interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

To benefit from the course, students will have

* completed Chinese 4 or equivalent

* gained a A-level in Chinese

* achieved level B1+/B2- of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages in Chinese.

This advanced level course is equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It develops the language skills in a broad range of situations and covers a wide range of topics on contemporary Chinese culture and society. The authentic course materials will include a variety of idioms, registers and styles. The participants will be encouraged to converse with a degree of fluency and spontaneity and explain view points giving advantages and disadvantages. The course will extend the students’ knowledge of some of the pertinent social, political and cultural issues in Chinese speaking countries. 

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, debates and role-plays.

Programme details

Term 1: 2nd October   

Week 1:          College courses and requirements

Week 2:          Different courses and levels

Week 3:          Asking for and giving advice for study

Week 4:          Directions and locations in library

Week 5:          Books and book reviews

Week 6:          Giving opinions about books and libraries

Week 7:          Activities and assignments

Week 8:          Tests and quizzes

Week 9:          Writing quiz questions and instructions

Week 10:        Revision


Term 2: 8th January      

Week 11:        Talking about life stories

Week 12:        Accomplishments and achievements

Week 13:        Introducing notable events in a life story

Week 14:        Reservation and airport check-in

Week 15:        Air travel and weather

Week 16:        Expressing personal information

Week 17:        Household facilities and life styles

Week 18:        Meeting and chatting

Week 19:        Renting and sharing apartments

Week 20:        Revision


Course book:

Qi Shaoyan., Discover China Book 3 – Student Book including Audio CD. Macmillan Publishers Limited ISBN - 9780230406414

Wang Dan., Discover China Workbook Three. Macmillan Publishers Limited ISBN - 9780230406421

Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma., Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar ISBN - 9780415700108


Relevant websites:



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.

If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.


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: £305.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


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 course aims to develop the participants’ proficiency to a level where they can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers of Chinese.

Course Objectives

* To develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to an advanced level

* To widen repertoire and extend the range of complex grammar structures for the expression of clear and elaborate viewpoints orally and in writing

* To develop the reading comprehension skills to understand articles and reports as well as the author’s attitude 

* To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write essays or make presentations

Teaching methods

All the Department’s 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.

Learning 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              express and defend own opinion on various issues

L              understand most of what is said in informal and formal situations

R              understand gist, detailed content and register of most texts

W            write texts on a range of subjects using appropriate language

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.


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.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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