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Mandarin 3 Upper-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Mandarin 1 Pre-Intermediate and Mandarin 2 Intermediate.


This course aims at the development of integrated skills with special focus in improving students’ reading and translation skills. Learners develop real-life communicative skills as they discuss topics related to everyday life and further learn useful grammatical structures. The expanding of cultural knowledge about China and its people is an integral part of the course.

Course objectives

Vocabulary: Student can acquire another 300 vocabulary items. The usage of some of the more difficult but common words and phrases is dicussed in details. A number of form words (虚词) that are common in written and Classical Chinese are also introduced.

Grammar: Learn new grammar points with emphasizing the use of linking words and phrases. Apart from this, further expand explanation of some the grammatical concepts that are dicussed previously.

Speaking/listening: Enhance students’ oral communicsaiton and discourse formation. They will be able to organize and present their viewpoints on some relatively difficlut topics, such as festivals, health, gender, environment, etc.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading A2+/B1
Writing A2
Listening A2
Speaking A2+


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Two two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Assessment method


  • Learning aim: Master the writing system of Mandarin-characters
    Assessment: Weekly class dictation tests

  • Learning aim: Use of the target language to give a short report/ answer the teacher’s short questions
    Assessment: the first and second in-class oral assignment (individual interview)

  • Learning aim: Use of the correct grammar to organize sentences and improve reading capability in Mandarin
    Assessment: final writing/reading exam


Partial grade Weighing
Class dictation (10%) & class participation (10%) 20%
Oral assignment I: individual interview (mid-term) 20%
Oral assignment II: individual interview (final speaking & listening) 20%
Final reading/writing exam 40%

End Grade

  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.


If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Compulsory Literature

  • Integrated Chinese, 4th Ed., Volume 4, Textbook
    by Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Yaohua Shi, Liangyan Ge
    ISBN: 9781622911516

  • Integrated Chinese, 4th Ed., Volume 4, Character Workbook
    by Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Yaohua Shi, Liangyan Ge
    ISBN: 9781622911530


  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.



This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.