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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. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your Tutorial-lecturer in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first four (4) times.

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 Participation (Including weekly assignments) 10%
In-class Dictation Test (Mid-term) 10%
Essay Assignment (Mid-term) 20%
Oral exam (Final, individual interview) 20%
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.

The BA International Studies program does not allow students to resit passed (constituent) examination(s) within the language courses. Language acquisition is, primarily, accomplished through in-class acquisition activities and practical assignments which contribute to the (final) examination. The diverse structure of the language courses and characteristics of language acquisition therefore withhold the possibility to resit a passed examination.

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

  • 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, Workbook by Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Yaohua Shi, Liangyan Ge
    ISBN: 9781622911523


  • Enrolment for the workgroup through My Studymap is mandatory.

  • No enrolment needed for the language exams.



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