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SLL1122S Initial Mandarin B


NQF credits: 18

First-year, second-semester course, five meetings per week plus a conversation tutorial and a laboratory session

Convenor: Dr Yue Ma, Director of Chinese section at School of Language.

Entrance requirements

SLL10xxF, or equivalent at the discretion of the Head of Department. This is a course for beginners, but under certain circumstances students with prior knowledge of Chinese may be admitted.

Course outline

The course is a continuation of SLL10xxF and aims to learn daily conversations in Mandarin Chinese as well as reading Chinese texts of various styles. At this level there in no in-depth study of Chinese literary works.


  1. New Practical Chinese Reader, Book 2
  2. Elementary Chinese Reading Course, Book I

Lecture times: 4th period and 8th period, in two separate groups

DP requirements

At least 80% attendance at lectures, tutorials and language laboratory sessions; completion and timeous submission of all written assignments; attendance at all scheduled tests, written and oral examinations.


Coursework (homework and tests) counts for 40% of the final mark; two-hour written examination counts for 40%, and oral/language laboratory examination counts for 20%.