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Chinese Practical Speaking

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This module is for you if you have previously learnt some Chinese and would like to check on your pronunciation and learn some practical expressions, or if you plan to work, study or travel in China.

This course includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • greetings
  • self-introduction
  • job description
  • time expression and shopping.

Upon completion of this course, students would be able to converse in oral Chinese with authentic tone and pronunciation and cultural awareness.

Pre-enrolment is essential

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Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

All course materials provided.

Coursework and assessment

For us the most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The assessment of this course is divided into four parts to assess the skills of speaking and listening. It is designed to enhance what you have learnt during the course.

Additional to the class sessions, we recommend that you spend time between the lessons, revising and practising what has been done in class.

Reading suggestions

Zhao, Jinming. Chinese Conversation for Foreigners. Beijing: Beijing Languages and Culture University Press, 2007.

Liang, Xiangru, and Jun Gai. Short-term Listening and Speaking Chinese Course. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2006.

Kang, Yuhua, and Siping Lai. Conversational Chinese 301. Beijing: Beijing Languages and Culture University Press, 2009.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.