Run by School of Arts, Culture and Language
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Mr Ruben Chapela-Orri
Overall aims and purpose
This module is aimed at students with some prior knowledge of Chinese. It is based on a communicative approach and helps students continue to develop all the key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as advanced grammatical structures of Chinese. The course will focus on the linguistic skills necessary to communicate effectively in daily life, study and work situations, to describe events and to express some ideas and views while engaged in discussion in a wide range of topics. Students will also review and consolidate the advanced structures and Chinese characters, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures. Both Chinese and English will be used as the language of instruction in class. The emphasis of the module will be on communication and acculturation with a view to preparing students for travel, commerce and work in the global context.
This module is aimed to reach the level between B1-B2 Independent User of the Common European Framework, HSK3.
As per the aims stated, this course is designed to further develop students’ skills in Mandarin Chinese. This course is still very much practice-based, focusing on listening and speaking, with a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and reading.
Consolidate the essential structures of Chinese and develop both vocabulary and range of language structures.
Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading, and writing in simplified Chinese.
Deepen students’ understanding of the customs, culture, history and society of China and develop students’ awareness of the general social and cultural background of Chinese-speaking countries and regions.
Textbook: HSK 3 Standard Course for Advanced Chinese: HSK 3 Standard Course, Yu Miao and Li Lin (Authors), (Beijing Language and Culture University Press).
40-49%: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various thematic grammatical and lexical areas studies, and an ability to implement them at a basic level.
50-69%: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension for the various thematic, grammatical and lexical areas studies, and an ability to comprehend and produce the language confidently.
70+%: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various thematic, grammatical and lexical areas studied and should demonstrate that considerable independent work has been done with a view to reaching an advanced knowledge of the language.
Demonstrate competence in the use of advanced grammatical structures of Chinese.
Read and comprehend a wide range of longer written texts on both concrete and abstract topics in Chinese.
Communicate effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing, for social and professional purposes, and produce clear written text on some subjects.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Language learning seminars 2 hours per week x 10 weeks (including 1-hour in class test in Week 5 and Week 10 respectively).
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- 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
- 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.
- 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