BA Spanish and Chinese

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 3

Unit code CHIN51031
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

CHIN51031 Chinese Language 3 for students who have completed Chinese Language 1 and/or 2 (CHIN51011 and/or CHIN51022) or who have acquired a basic level of Chinese prior to starting university, approximately equivalent to GCSE Chinese (Mandarin). To develop and enrich their knowledge of Chinese, students will practise formal and informal discourse covering a broader range of topics. By listening to dialogues related to social activities, students will learn to understand standard conversations as well as instructions, explanations and requests. Through oral presentations and group discussions, students will express personal views, make suggestions and justify arguments. Students will read textual materials and learn to grasp the central issues and important details. Students will learn to write passages to convey information in an appropriate style. Upon completion of this course students should be reaching a level of Chinese proficiency equivalent to or higher than HSK level 3.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Chinese Language 2 CHIN51022 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chinese Language 3 - Reading/Writing & General CHIN51531 Co-Requisite Compulsory
CHIN28221 Pre-Requisite

Pre-requisite: CHIN51022 or placement into the class following the language placement test

Aims

This course aims to:

  • Provide students with a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language and with key aspects of Chinese society and culture;
  • Increase students’ proficiency in listening comprehension, spoken production, reading, writing and translating skills;
  • Improve students’ understanding of Chinese syntax as well as the unique Chinese cultural patterns that contribute to more effective communication.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand language materials from within different sectors of social life
  • Master a lower intermediate level of Chinese grammar and varied range of Chinese-language discourse
  • Use the target language with improving accuracy
  • Communicate effectively on topics relating to everyday life in a range of real-life situations

Syllabus

Week 1: When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Week 2: A small gift means a great deal

Week 3: Your suggestions will be highly appreciated

Week 4: They are practicing Taiji sward

Week 5: Chinese people refer to it as “The Mother River”

Week 6: Review

Week 7: Protecting the environment means protecting ourselves

Week 8: The legend of Shennu Peak

Week 9: Let me drive the car first

Week 10: It is getting hot in Beijing

Week 11: Who will pay the bill?

Week 12: Oral exam   

Teaching and learning methods

Interactive language classes plus e-learning via blackboard and independent learning with language partners with native speakers

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand language materials from within different sectors of social life
  • Master a lower intermediate level of Chinese grammar and varied range of Chinese-language discourse
  • Use the target language with improving accuracy
  • Communicate effectively on topics relating to everyday life in a range of real-life situations

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that they have mastered and can correctly apply the vocabulary and grammar in Chinese;
  • Show the ability to discover and select suitable source material for assignments;
  • Understand and apply the cognitive skills involved in learning Chinese;
  • Appraise some of the current and emerging issues connected in the culture and society in China.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand, read, speak and write Chinese to a high level;
  • Present, utilise and disseminate information in Chinese;
  • Display relevant information about the Chinese culture;
  • Acquire, develop, and demonstrate the ability and competence to integrate themselves harmoniously into the Chinese communities.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Develop time management skills;
  • Work effectively with others;
  • Find the right sources for help/support;
  • Learn how to learn independently.

Employability skills

Oral communication
Conversation skills to break the ice and deepen cultural understanding.
Written communication
Be able to use basic-to-intermediate level of Chinese language in dealing with Chinese clients for English companies and English clients for Chinese companies.
Other
Perseverance and determination developed from learning a challenging foreign language; high level of intercultural competence.

Assessment methods

  1. Assessment task

    Length

    Weighting within unit

    Participation and coursework

     

    Oral exam

    Written exam

    Weekly

    (listening/speaking: tests+ presentations), reading, writing: tests+ essays)

    Role-play + Q/A

    2 hours

    20%

     

    20%

    60%

 

Feedback methods

  • Oral feedback on individual and group presentations
  • Written feedback on coursework assignments
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)

Recommended reading

  • LIU, Xun. New Practical Chinese Reader III. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2010 (required textbook)

  • ROSS, C., HE, B., CHEN, P., and YEH, M. The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese. London and New York: Routledge, 2010

  • LIU, Yuehua, and YAO, Tao-chung. Integrated Chinese (3rd ed). Boston, MA: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2010

  • WU, Zhongwei. Contemporary Chinese. Sinolingua, 2010

  • Guenier, A. The Little Book of Health: Chinese Secrets to Happy Living. Manutius Press. 2018.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 44
Independent study hours
Independent study 156

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ablimit Elterish Unit coordinator
Minjie Xing Unit coordinator
Haiyan Zeng Unit coordinator
Hongjun Ma Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Work with language partner for at least one hour per week, performing a variety of learning activities and including the activities in the learning diary.

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