UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Mandarin level 5 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Mandarin syllabus level 5 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or an 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 command high level of Mandarin to practise their linguistic skills through a variety of activities (debates, games, discussions etc…). Students will be able to follow any debate, discussions or conversation as well as communicate in all situations at a near-native level. Cultural awareness will be further developed.


In this course students will have the chance to revise and perfect all previously studied functions.

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

The content of this course will be based around a reflection on the nature of contemporary society and current affairs including an analysis of the cultural dimension. The topic may include various current issues (as appropriate, depending on students’ interests).

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Recognising/understanding various accents


Perfecting all grammar points previously studied to students’ need

Learning resources


  • Course book: < A New China > ISBN 0691010455 ( second edition)
  • Authentic materials from various sources (novels, newspapers, internet news articles etc…)

Reference Books

< Chinese - A Comprehensive Grammar> Yip Po-Ching , Don Rimmington , Routledge,  ISBN 9780415150323

Bilingual Dictionaries

Oxford Concise English Chinese/Chinese English Dictionary



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