Books, audio CDs, and a dedicated website with additional online resources and activities. As a registered language student you have access to an online forum where you can communicate with fellow students.
You will need
You will need a headset with a microphone and headphones to record speech in activities featured on the website as well as for use with the real time audio-visual conferencing tool used for online tutorials.
You will need a CD player, and a device to play mp3 files.
You may wish to check that your computer set up allows you to access the Chinese Simplified font, or whether you will need to purchase an additional language pack. You should check your specific operating system and software for guidance. Please also check the Computer requirements and Assessment sections.
We recommend that you purchase a bilingual dictionary as well as a grammar book, such as:
Collins Easy Learning Mandarin Chinese Dictionary (ISBN 9780007261130), HarperCollins Publishers, and
Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar A Practical Guide by Ross, Claudia & Jing-heng Sheng Ma (ISBN 9780415700108), Routledge.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop running OS X 10.8 or later operating system.
Some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. However, these devices may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your mobile device.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
If you have a disability
We are trying to make the study materials accessible to as many people as possible. Please note that this module makes substantial use of audio and visual materials. Full transcripts of the audio CDs and online activities are provided on the module website except for those used for assessment purposes. The written and spoken elements you will be asked to complete as part of your assessment use audio and possibly visual stimuli. Students who require a transcript for their assessment because of their disability are able to apply in advance for restricted access to these but will have to provide evidence of their needs.
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of the printed material are available on the module website. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Some images in the study material are used to help teach the correct stroke order for handwriting Chinese characters, and these may not be read by a screen reader. The assessment to pass this module does not require you to handwrite characters, and you will be able to complete the assignments using the taught method of creating characters with word-processing software.
Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
You will need to make extensive use of a personal computer and the internet. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or with this type of material you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.