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BA Politics and Chinese

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Chinese Language 6

Unit code CHIN51060
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Chinese Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Chinese 6 is intended for final-year students who began Mandarin Chinese ab initio in their first year and who have returned from the period of Residence Abroad, or for level 1 or 2 students who have substantial experience studying Chinese or who have already completed Chinese 5. Students are expected but not required to have passed HSK level 5 by the start of this unit. This course focuses on real language use in everyday communicative contexts. All learning activities, including preparation before class, discussion in class and homework after class, are conducted in the target language. Learning activities are organized to enhance students' comprehension of Chinese in preparation for participation in real-life Chinese-language situations. The course is designed to build upon and consolidate students’ advanced level of Chinese language proficiency, with the goal of reaching HSK level 6 and developing a vocabulary approaching 4000-5000 words by the end of the year.

Pre/co-requisites

Pre/Co/Antirequisite units

CHIN51050 (Chinese 5) and successful completion of Residence Abroad in China or equivalent

Medium of language

Mandarin Chinese

 

 

Aims

This course aims to:

·       Enable students to understand advanced reading materials from various original Chinese-language sources

·       Enhance students’ ability to communicate orally on a variety of topics

·       Guide students in applying a variety of writing skills and grammatical structures to specific tasks

 

Learning outcomes

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

·       Produce a solid argument in both oral and written form

·       Exchange information with native speakers fluently

·       Express ideas in Chinese clearly, precisely and coherently

·       Extract information from a variety of media and sources, including newspapers, journals, radio broadcasts, TV and the internet

·       Plan, structure and evaluate learning strategies and processes

·       Read various kinds of Chinese texts (literary, journalistic, etc) dealing with a wide range of topics

·       Demonstrate a good level of understanding and analysis of advanced Chinese-language texts (literary, journalistic, etc.) on a wide range of contemporary issues

·       Reflect on the activity of writing and apply appropriate approaches in their own writing

·       Express themselves clearly on complex subjects in a well-structured essay or a report

·       Speak with a high degree of fluency and accuracy and take part in discussion and debate covering a range of social, cultural and political contexts

Prepare and give oral presentations in Chinese on a wide range of topics

Knowledge and understanding

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

  • Analyse difficult authentic texts by using reading comprehension skills
  • Explore various social issues in China
  • Write a clear report using coherent paragraphs

 

Intellectual skills

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

  • Analyse difficult authentic texts by using the reading comprehension skills
  • Explore various social issues in China
  • Write a clear report using coherent paragraphs

 

Practical skills

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

  • Follow current trends in the development of the Chinese language and in Chinese media and society using Chinese-language materials
  • Write descriptive and argumentative essays
  • Master the writing of different types of essays
  • Reach, or be close to reaching, HSK level 6 (requiring a vocabulary of 5000 Chinese words)

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

  • Develop independent learning skills
  • Work effectively in pairs and groups
  • Acquire advanced critical reading skills
  • Demonstrate high-level presentation and debating skills
  • Write clearly and effectively

 

Employability skills

Other
¿ Verbal communication skills: be able to express ideas clearly and confidently in presentation and speech ¿ Written communication skills: be able to express oneself clearly in writing ¿ 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

Coursework 20%
Listening (Sem 1)
Speaking (Sem 2)
15%
Essays 15%
Exam  50%

 

Feedback methods

·       Comments made during class discussion regarding the relevance and coherence of student participation in discussion

·       Comments made during oral presentation regarding the relevance and coherence of the presentation, including word choice, sentence structure and content

One-to-one feedback before oral presentation

Recommended reading

Lee, Kunshan Carolyn et al, The Routledge Advanced Chinese Multimedia Course: Crossing Cultural Boundaries. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. (required textbook)

 

Wang, Hailong, Cultural Interpretations of China: An Advanced Reader. Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2002.

 

Wang, Hailong, Reading China through Newspaper Contextual Comprehension and Pedagogical Practice. Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2004.

 

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

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

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

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