UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Mandarin level 4

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Mandarin syllabus level 3+ at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or a low A level grade (or equivalent).  

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have a good knowledge of Mandarin to acquire an advanced level. Students will be able to communicate in most situations with native speakers and follow debates on environmental issues and express themselves with more complex and linguistically accurate structures. Cultural awareness will be further developed.


  • Expressing opinions and reactions
  • Giving explanations
  • Expressing concern
  • Bringing up a topic of discussion
  • Stressing one’s point
  • Reproaching and questioning

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Environment Protection
  • Education
  • Legends and history
  • Working in China

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Introduction to various accents


  • Zhiyao…jiu…
  • 3 different structural de
  • Summary of ba sentences
  • Potential complement
  • Duplication of nouns, measure words.
  • Zhao and zhu as resultative complements
  • Yi…ye/dou + negatives
  • Jiushi…ye…

Learning resources


Course book: 《Discover China – 4》 (From Unit 1 to Unit 6)                       

Bilingual Dictionaries

  • Langenscheidt dictionary
  • Macmillan-FLTRP Chinese Character Dictionary



In addition there are supplementary materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.