Module LZC-1004:
Chinese for Beginners 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Shasha Wang

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To enhance students’ understanding of Chinese grammar, and to develop a more complex understanding of grammatical structures;
  2. To develop oral skills towards intermediate level, and enable students to understand and respond to more complex spoken information in Chinese;
  3. To enhance students’ vocabulary acquisition and enable them to read and understand texts close to the intermediate level in Chinese;
  4. To enable students to translate short texts into English and produce coherent short pieces of writing in Chinese.

Course content

The module is aimed at all first year students who have completed Chinese for Beginners 1. The module aims to develop the basic oral, aural, reading and written skills acquired in Semester 1 in order to bring students up to and beyond a level of proficiency equivalent to ‘A’ level. Students apply the grammatical principles learned in Semester 1 to write longer paragraphs and also focus on more complex grammatical structures. Aural communicative skills are developed through audio and video comprehension exercises. Students are also required to make individual presentations on more sophisticated topics.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

70+%: An excellent knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and an excellent ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Excellent oral and aural competence.

threshold

40-49%: A limited knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a limited ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Basic oral and aural competence.

good

50-59%: A good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and a good ability to translate and paraphrase the prescribed range of texts. Good oral and aural competence.

Learning outcomes

  1. be able to produce sentences and short paragraphs using a range of vocabulary and grammatical constructions, and translate more complex sentences and short texts from English into Chinese and vice versa;

  2. be able to read short Chinese texts;

  3. be able to conduct simple dialogues on a selection of more sophisticated topics.

  4. be familiar with features of Chinese sentences structures including complements, particles, aspects and comparison;

  5. have extended their knowledge of Chinese as learned in LZC1003 and increased their vocabulary, both in spoken and written forms;

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Written class test 10
CLASS TEST Listening class test 10
CLASS TEST Speaking class test 10
EXAM Written exam 40
EXAM Oral presentation 20
GRAMMAR TEST Grammar class test 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study 156
Lecture

Lectures– 4 hours per week for 11 weeks (1 class on writing, 1 class on grammar, 1 on oral/aural skills)

44

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Studying the countries or regions where the target language is used, including aspects of their literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography and social or economic structures. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as morphology and phonology.
  • The ability to develop independent study skills, such as making effective use of notes. (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Studying the countries or regions where the target language is used, including aspects of their literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography and social or economic structures. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.14)
  • The ability to write an analytical film and/or book review in the target language.
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as basic morphology and phonology. (Benchmark statement 5.8, and 5.9)
  • Basic reading and listening skills in the target language as well as vocabulary acquisition. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.7, and 5.10)
  • The ability to make effective use of notes and to carry out independent study. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
  • Develop verbal communication skills in the target language through group work and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.8)
  • The ability to read, understand, translate, and write short texts in the target language (benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15 and 5.16)
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of more advanced grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as morphology and phonology. (Benchmark statement 5.8, and 5.9)
  • 1. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • 2. The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 4. Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.14)
  • 5. The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 6. Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • 7. The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)

Resources

Resource implications for students

Students will need to purchase the core textbook. The core textbook is likely to cost about £15-£20. Copies of the above books will be ordered for the university library.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lzc-1004.html

Reading list

Core textbook: Chinese in Steps Student Book 2 (Paperback, one volume ed., incl. 1 CD)

Recommended Reading: 1. Intermediate Chinese: a grammar and workbook - Po-ching Yip, Don Rimmington, Xiaoming Zhang, Rachel Henson 1998 (electronic resource) 2. A key to Chinese speech and writing =: Han yu yu yan wen zi qi meng - Joël Bellassen, Pengpeng Zhang, Christian Artuso 1997 3. Shuo hua de ti: Learn to speak Chinese through contextualized dialogues - Theresa Jen, Zhu, Minqi 2008 4. Chineasy: the new way to read Chinese - Shaolan Hsueh, Noma Bar 2014

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: