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Looking for a qualification to equip you with the skills required to operate in a Chinese environment? The Pre-U Chinese course is specifically designed to meet the needs of foreign language learners of Chinese, who have studied Chinese at GCSE or the equivalent.

Courses available are dependent on student demand and staff availability.

All four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) are developed in Mandarin Chinese (putonghua), although some answers will be written in English, others will be in simplified characters (jiantizi).

The course allows students to learn more about the Chinese culture and history, encouraging intellectual and personal development. It is a stepping stone for university courses in Chinese and Chinese studies.

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The skills gained through the course will equip you with a range of skills for careers in areas such as business, education and the arts.

Components 

You will study these topic areas in Mandarin Chinese, developing your language skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing). There is a core list of vocabulary provided. These topics will prepare you for the tasks in papers 1, 2 & 3:

  • Family
  • Young people
  • Education
  • The media
  • Work and leisure
  • Equality of opportunity

In preparation for Paper 4, you will study in English one of these options from section 1 Topics in Chinese culture. The topic could also be used for your paper 1 prepared topic:

  • The founding of the People’s Republic of China
  • Chinese economic trends since 1978
  • Emerging China: population, environment and migration

You will also study one of these options from section 2 Chinese literature and film in English translation:

  • Text: Chronicle of a Blood Merchant, Yu Hua
  • Text: The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai, Wang Anyi
  • Film: The Blue Kite, Tian Zhuangzhuang
Assessment 
      
Papers Content Weighting
Paper 1 Speaking

15 mins approx

 

Speaking test:

 

Part 1 - Prepared topic & conversation

 

Part 2 - General conversation on topic areas

 

No dictionary

20%
Paper 2 Listening, reading & translation

2 hrs 30 mins

 

Several listening comprehension exercises

 

2 reading comprehensions

 

Identify 3 Chinese sayings (Chengyu) from a list of 25.

 

Translation into English

 

Chinese/English dictionary permitted

30%
Paper 3 Writing & usage

2 hrs

Written paper

 

Section 1: Radical & stroke order skills, grammar markers, aspect markers, measure words

 

Section 2: Letter writing

80 - 100 characters

 

Section 3: Opinion essay

Write 1 essay out of 6 titles.

175 - 225 characters approx.

 

Chinese/English dictionary permitted

25%
Paper 4 Chinese culture

2 hrs 30 mins

Written paper

 

2 essays in English,

each 600 - 750 words

 

1 option from section 1: Topics in Chinese culture (studied in English)

 

1 option from section 2: Chinese literature and film (studied in English)

25%