Mandarin Language Programme | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies

Mandarin Language Programme

The world we inhabit today is more interconnected than it has ever been before. The hallmark of this interdependent world is the curiosity to unravel and decode the language, thinking, and culture of unknown lands and peoples. The Mandarin dialect of Chinese has emerged as a promising foreign language to learn over the past couple of decades or so.

The Mandarin language programme at Shiv Nadar University aims to provide students with a good command over Mandarin; it enables students to recognise Mandarin characters, form grammatically sound sentences and enhances their understanding of sentence construction and patterns in the language. In addition, the programme enables students to understand the technicalities and nitty-gritties of Mandarin in a more nuanced way through sessions in class, weekly homework exercises and articles that stimulate the students to think like native speakers do.

The programme aims to achieve the following:

1) Enhanced Communication: An ability to comprehend and speak Mandarin. The programme comprises various intensive listening and speaking exercises.

2) Recognizing and Writing Chinese characters: Along with reading exercises in classes, several assignments are given over the period of the programme to assess the students' ability to write the characters both in traditional and simplified forms.

3) Introduce students to Taiwanese and Chinese culture. 

4) Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language:

  • Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL, Taiwan)

The TOCFL is a standardized language proficiency test developed for non-native speakers of Chinese. Language proficiency is organized into four bands and eight levels. The four bands include: Band Novice, Band A, Band B, and Band C. Each band is further divided into two levels making a total of eight levels: Novice 1, Novice 2, and Level 1 to Level 6.

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  • Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK, China)

HSK literally means “Chinese Proficiency Test”. As the name suggests, HSK is a standardized test designed for non-native Chinese speakers (foreigners and Chinese ethnic minorities) as a way of certifying their knowledge in Mandarin Chinese. The HSK is conducted by the Hanban, an affiliate of the Ministry of Education of China that is also in charge of the Confucius Institutes in India and across the globe. HSK scores are primarily used by Chinese universities as part of the admissions process for international students. 

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With effect from Spring 2022, the Mandarin language programme becomes a certificate-level credited programme. Each course carries 2 credits with 4 learning hours per week. Students will receive Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) grade, which will also appear on their transcripts.

The Mandarin language programme is not part of any other programme offered by the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies.  

The list of courses for the programme is as follows: 

INT106 Mandarin I

INT152 Mandarin II

INT200 Mandarin III

INT225 Mandarin IV  

INT275 Mandarin V  

The programme is taught by our Mandarin Language Instructors, Pei-lin Lee and Chen Tang

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