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BA Modern Language and Business & Management (Chinese)

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 1

Unit code CHIN51011
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This is a beginner’s level language course which teaches the skills of reception (reading and listening), production (speaking and writing) in Mandarin Chinese, and translation of the material learned into English.

Pre/co-requisites

None; this course is for students who have no (or extremely limited) prior knowledge of the Chinese language

Aims

This course aims to:

  • familiarize the students with the basics of spoken and written forms of the Chinese language
  • emphasise on the listening and speaking system and proper pronunciation of sounds and intonations unfamiliar to non-native Chinese speakers
  • introduce basics of grammar and the writing system
  • develop students’ communicative skills to be able to express themselves freely in simple pair-work, group work, role-play, dialogue, drills and written expression

 

Learning outcomes

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

  • understand and express themselves in basic role-play and dialogue on everyday matters (for oral expression)

  • use approximately 822 Chinese words and phrases (for written expression)

-           about 370 will be basic characters which students must be able to identify and write

-           about 452 will be phrases which students should be able to identify only

  • read passages and write simple sentences to form a paragraph (100 characters), as well as translate those sentences into English

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Understand the basic structures of the Chinese language
  • develop the basic communicative function of the language

Intellectual skills

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

  • read new Chinese words correctly according to its phonetic rules
  • form phrases by combining the basic characters
  • express themselves in both spoken and written forms 

Practical skills

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

  • Develop four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Master phonetics, vocabulary, sentence patterns, grammar and discourse
  • Reach HSK 1 or above ( CEF1)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • Manage their time efficiently
  • Develop efficient Chinese keyboard entry skills
  • Use basic spoken and listening communication skills
  • Find the right help and support and learn how to learn
  • Explore Chinese culture and society

Assessment methods

Coursework 1 (General Skills) 10%
Coursework 2 (Writing) 10%
Coursework 3 (Listening & Speaking) 10%
Oral Exam 10%
Exam  60%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

  • Comments made during class discussion regarding the relevance and coherence of student responses/participation in discussion.
  • Written comments on assessed coursework
  • Face to face discussion in private meetings during the office hours.
  • Global feedback on the assignment (delivered orally in class, posted to blackboard as a handout, or by email to the class)

 

 

Recommended reading

  • Liu, Xun. 2002. A New Practical Chinese Reader (Textbook & Workbook), Book 1. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press (set textbook).
  • Ma, Yanhua. 2011. Jump High: A Systematic Chinese Course (Intensive Reading and Workbook) Books 0 and 1. Beijing Language and Culture University Press (additional learning material)
  • ¿¿, et al. 2007. Step by Step: Intensive Chinese Elementary (Reading & Writing, Characters and Speaking) Books 1 and 2. Beijing: Huayu Jiaoxue Press (additional learning material)
  • Handouts

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ablimit Elterish Unit coordinator
Hongjun Ma Unit coordinator

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