BA Spanish and Chinese / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 5

Unit code CHIN51051
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

CHIN51051: Chinese Language 5 is designed for students who have completed CHIN51042 or who have acquired a level of Chinese approximately equivalent to A-level Chinese prior to starting university. This course is designed to develop students’ comprehensive language skills that are important for practical use. By the end of this course, students should be able to communicate more successfully with Chinese native speakers in a variety of real-life situations; understand formal or informal speech and identify the speaker's aims and intentions; read and comprehend general and authentic language materials on various issues; write about concrete and abstract topics to express personal points of view; give brief descriptions or explanations on familiar topics in well-formed sentences; increase intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society. Upon completion of this course, students should be reaching a level of Chinese proficiency between HSK levels 4 and 5.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
CHIN28331 Pre-Requisite

Pre requisite: CHIN51042 or placement into the class following the language placement test

Aims

This course aims to:

  • Develop students’ comprehensive language capability;
  • Bring their overall Chinese proficiency to an intermediate-to-advanced level;
  • Help students become familiar with the vocabulary and requirements for HSK levels 4 and 5.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Communicate more successfully with Chinese native speakers in a variety of real-life situations;
  • Understand formal or informal conversation or speech and find out the speaker's aim and intentions;
  • Read and comprehend general language material and authentic written texts on various topics;
  • Write on concrete and common abstract topics to express personal points of view;
  • Give a brief description or explanation on familiar topics in well-informed sentences;
  • Increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.

Syllabus

Week 1:  ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿ Motherly love

Week 2: ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿ Motherly love

Week 3: ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Happy Valentine’s Day!

Week 4: ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Happy Valentine’s Day!

Week 5: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ The Five Flavors

Week 6: Reading week

Week 7: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ The Five Flavors

Week 8: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ The Beijing I fell in love with

Week 9: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ The Beijing I fell in love with

Week 10: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ The new vegetarianism has arrived

Week 11: ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ The new vegetarianism has arrived

Week 12: Oral exam and Q&A

Teaching and learning methods

This course consists of a combined formal communicative approach to teaching (lecture and seminar) focusing on listening and speaking exercises (including group and pair-work), systematic introduction to Chinese characters, introduction to composition and in-class practice of writing and reading. Blackboard support for self-studying and a blog and/or e-mail-assisted e-learning are also implemented.

Attendance is obligatory. There are weekly assignments for this course.

Languages of instruction: Chinese and English

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Understand formal or informal conversation or speech and find out the speaker's aim and intentions;
  • Read and comprehend general language materials and authentic written texts on various topics;
  • Increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.

Intellectual skills

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

  • Employ more advanced language learning strategies;
  • Apply relevant communicative strategies to a variety of real-life situations;
  • Use a greater range of language-learning resources;
  • Increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.

Practical skills

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

  • Communicate more successfully with Chinese native speakers in a variety of real-life situations;
  • Give a brief description or explanation on familiar topics in well-formed sentences;
  • Read and comprehend general language materials and authentic written materials on general occasions;
  • Write on concrete or common abstract topics to express personal opinions and points of view;
  • Pass HSK level 4 and be on the way to passing HSK level 5 (requiring a vocabulary of 2500 characters).

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will have:                                                   

  • Developed skills in time management;
  • Increased their communicative confidence;
  • Learned to work effectively with others and find appropriate sources of help and support necessary for independent learning.

Employability skills

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

Assessment methods

  • Assessment task

    Length

    Weighting within unit

    Participation and coursework

     

    An oral examination

    Written examination

    Weekly (listening, speaking, reading, writing)

    (in-class tests every other week)

    Role play + Q/A

    2 hours

    20%

     

    20%

    60%

 

Feedback methods

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

Recommended reading

Liu, Xun. A New Practical Chinese Reader (Textbook & Workbook), Book 5 (2nd half). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2010 (set textbook).

Ma, Yanhua. Jump High: A Systematic Chinese Course (Intensive Reading and Workbook) Book 2. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011 (additional learning material)

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

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Minjie Xing Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 
 

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