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Mandarin Modules for Undergraduates

Mandarin advice

Dr Ruth Herd
ruth.herd@imperial.ac.uk
0207 594 8784
Room 323, Sherfield Level 3
Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication

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Imperial Horizons Mandarin Modules are offered at four levels from complete beginner upwards. 

Our interactive classes follow a communicative approach and cover speaking, reading, writing and listening. Teaching includes pair work as well as group work and the use of multimedia materials in class as well as on our e-learning platform (Blackboard). All our modules are designed to be standalone but will also prepare students who wish to take their language study further.

Students should be aware that learning a language takes time and commitment. You will need to put aside a minimum of 3 hours a week for home study if you wish to succeed.

The table below provides guidelines about our module levels and which year group they are offered to.

Please read the online module descriptions carefully and if you are in any doubt about which level you should be in, please contact the Mandarin Coordinator for advice and/or to arrange a level consultation in-person or online. 

CoursePre-requisiteOffered to ECTS*
Mandarin Level 1
For complete beginners - no previous experience 1st and 2nd years~ 7.5
Mandarin Level 2 For students who have completed Level 1 or equivalent, HSK Certificate Level 1  All years 7.5
Mandarin Level 3 For students who have completed Level 2 or equivalent, HSK Certificate Level 2 or hold a GCSE qualification All years 7.5
Mandarin Level 4 For students who have completed Level 3 or equivalent, HSK Certificate Level 3 or hold an AS-level qualification
3rd & 4th years only 7.5
Mandarin Level 5 For students who have completed Level 4 or equivalent, HSK Certificate Level 4 or hold an A-level qualification 3rd & 4th years only 7.5
NB These modules are not intended for native speakers. If you are of native or near-native speaker ability, please contact the Mandarin Coordinator to confirm if you are eligible for one of these modules.
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*All Mandarin modules are available to be taken for degree credit where your department allows. They are also available for extra-credit. For further clarification of the credit terminology and the options allowed by your department, please see Taking a module for credit.

~Please note that Level 1 can not be taken by I-Explore students. 

Imperial Horizons modules listed in our literature and on the website are those that the Centre is currently offering in the academic year listed.  Modules run subject to sufficient demand and resources. The College reserves the right to cap numbers and change or discontinue modules.