BA Spanish and Chinese / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 6

Unit code CHIN51062
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

CHIN51062: Chinese Language 6, is designed for students who have completed CHIN51051 or who have acquired a level of Chinese approximately equivalent to or above 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 5 CHIN51051 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
CHIN28332 Co-Requisite

Pre - requisite: CHIN51051 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:  ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿“¿¿¿¿¿¿”¿¿¿ The world’s father of hybrid rice, Yuan Longping

Week 2: ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿“¿¿¿¿¿¿”¿¿¿ The world father of hybrid rice, Yuan Longping

Week 3: ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿¿¿ The new bride

Week 4: ¿¿¿¿¿  ¿¿¿¿The new bride

Week 5: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ Silhouette 

Week 6: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ Silhouette 

Week 7: Review week

Week 8: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ A secret of eighteen years

Week 9: ¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ A secret of eighteen years

Week 10: ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿  The Zebra Finch

Week 11: ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿  The Zebra Finch

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, and
  • 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 some concrete topics or common abstract topics to express one’s personal opinion and point of view, and
  • Be well on the way to passing HSK level 5 (which requires 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. Drive: determination to get things done, make things happen and look for better ways to do things

Assessment methods

Coursework - weekly - 20%

Oral examination - 15 minutes - 20%

Written examination - 2 hours - 60%

Feedback methods

Oral feedback on group presentation

Written feedback on 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)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 67

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hongjun Ma Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Scheduled Activity Hours:

Promoting cultural awareness and improving language skills through course blog

(The 2 weekly office hours will also be allocated for this activity)

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