Mandarin for Business (Leading to BCT- A)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Hua Xiang Tower 3, 601b


For students who have studied LN716 Mandarin Level 3 or equivalent. 

Students should: Demonstrate full commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, and all pieces of continuous assessment; Dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework, in addition to classes. Admission into the course after completion of the online test and upon tutor’s approval during the Needs Analysis Interview. For anyone who wants to improve Mandarin Chinese. The student should have sufficient skills in all four skills as listed above.

Course content

Mandarin for Business (Leading to BCT- A) course aims to develop all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Course materials will be presented via a dialogue and a text. Additional texts on business culture of China are also included.

This course covers 10 basic topics in the business contexts, including:

  • welcoming and seeing someone off
  • arranging business trips and accommodation
  • business dinner
  • shopping and asking for refund
  • dealing with phone calls 
  • a range of daily office situations 

The main linguistic content includes:

  • complex sentence structures
  • linguistic politeness 
  • 'ba' structure
  • express condition 
  • express suggestions
  • express time and process

By the end of the course, the students will be able to communicate in some basic business daily activities and reach BCT Level A. 


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 10 exercises in the MT and LT.

Indicative reading

Excel in Chinese - Better Chinese, Better Business, book 1, Huiling Wang & Hong Zhou (eds), 2011, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press


Oral examination (30%) in the LT and ST.
Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT, LT and ST.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 3

Average class size 2016/17: 2

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness