BA Spanish and Chinese / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Language-Based Project 2

Unit code CHIN38772
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Language-Based Project 2 is an advanced Chinese language course for students who have already completed CHIN38771: Language-Based Project 1. It is designed to allow students with near-native proficiency in Mandarin Chinese to put their language skills to work through the completion of two independent projects: a 30 minute oral presentation and a language-based media project such as a video, website, computer game, or piece of creative writing (a short story, prose essay or collection of poems, for example). Students will decide the topics of these assessed elements on the basis of their academic and vocational interests and in consultation with their tutor. Students will report on their progress in weekly hour-long tutorials before submitting the media project in week 12. Tutorials may also be used to practice informal and formal topics of advanced conversational Chinese, with feedback provided. 

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Languages-Based Project 1 CHIN38771 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
CHIN38772 Requisite

Available to BA Chinese Studies and programme combinations involving Chinese with other languages and area studies degrees and BA Modern Language with Business and Management etc.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • Guide students to learn independently
  • Help students to set their own learning targets
  • Train students to analyze and critique their own work

Learning outcomes

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

  • Confidently display their proficiency in the target language using both written and oral skills.
  • Equip themselves with the strategies to maintain and extend their skills in the target language in the future.
  • Become more self-aware and self-critical in the field of language learning and language development.
  • Discover ways in which they can increase and extend their level of motivation in the field of foreign language learning.

Syllabus

N/A: the content of the oral presentation and Chinese-language media project will be dictated by individual students’ academic and vocational interests and materials will be consulted as relevant to the chosen topics.

Teaching and learning methods

One 1-hour tutorial per week

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Confidently display their proficiency in the target language, using both written and oral skills
  • Equip themselves with the strategies to maintain and extend their skills in the target language in the future
  • Become more self-aware and self-critical in the field of language learning and language development
  • Discover ways in which they can increase and extend their level of motivation in the field of foreign language learning

Intellectual skills

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

  •  Explore issues and subject matter of interest to the student with a high level of linguistic and intellectual  sophistication
  •  Conduct independent research using Chinese-language primary and secondary materials
  • Create a Chinese-language media project that is appropriately designed, makes good use of the medium at hand, displays a high level of linguistic competency and demonstrates excellent understanding of the subject matter concerned

Practical skills

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

  • Identify and make use of Chinese-language materials that suit their level of language ability, interests and needs
  • Manage their own pace of learning
  • Learn independently

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • Identify and make use of Chinese-language materials that suit their level of language ability, interests and needs
  • Manage their own pace of learning
  • Learn independently

Employability skills

Innovation/creativity
Drive: determination to get things done, make things happen and look for better ways to do things
Oral communication
Verbal communication skills: be able to express ideas clearly and confidently in presentation and speech
Written communication
Written communication skills: be able to express oneself clearly in writing
Other
Motivation: be able to act on initiative, identify opportunities

Assessment methods

 

  • Assessment task

    Length

    Weighting within unit

    A media project on a topic of the student’s own choice, such as a video, website, computer game, or piece of creative writing (i.e. a short story, prose essay or collection of poems)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Oral presentation on a topic of the student’s own choice, making appropriate use of audio-visual materials  

    Suggested length for a video: at least 20 minutes

    For a computer game: enough content to support at least 10 minutes of language-based game play

    For a website: at least 2500 words in total, divided into different pages/windows as appropriate

    For a creative writing project: at least 1000 words, depending on the nature of the work

     

     

    20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A

     

     

    50%

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    50%

     

 

Feedback methods

  • Oral feedback an individual basis when discussing progress
  • Written feedback on the extended essay
  • Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)

Recommended reading

N/A; students are encouraged to consult as many Chinese-language sources as required for their independent learning. The instructor will make suggestions regarding relevant materials as necessary.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 89

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hongjun Ma Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

 

 

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