Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. It will develop basic communication skills in Chinese in everyday situations such as meeting someone for the first time, talking about family, shopping and telephone conversations. The module aims to provide students with the very basics of spoken Mandarin and with recognition skills of written Chinese characters. Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Chinese culture.Please note that if you are a Chinese National or have any experience of Chinese (Mandarin or otherwise) you cannot enrol on this module.
This module is designed for those with no prior knowledge of Chinese. It aims to equip learners with basic oral and written communication skills in Chinese. Students will also be introduced to some aspects of Chinese culture.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Recognise and understand familiar words, basic phrases and sentences related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. personal information) when people speak slowly and clearly: 1,3Understand and extract key information from short, simple words and sentences written in Chinese characters: 1,2Interact in very simple, familiar situations, asking and answering simple questions in areas of immediate need, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly: 3Write simple words, phrases and sentences providing personal information in Chinese characters: 1,2Understand and use simple grammatical structures and rules and develop language learning strategies: 1,2,3Recognise and act upon very basic cultural differences as encountered in everyday situations and demonstrate knowledge of common traditions China: 1,2,3
22 hours of contact time in class.40 hours assessment preparation and completion.88 hours guided independent study.
Admission to the module must be confirmed through completion of a language level self-assessment formStudents are only permitted to take one Chinese language module per semester.Students can only take one absolute beginners module (90001) in any one academic year.
1: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Online tasksStudents will complete a series of online exercises to assess their reading comprehension, grammar and writing skills in the target language.2: Class Test weighted 20%
Class testStudents will complete an in-class test which may include writing a short text in the target language in class.3: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Spoken interaction assessmentA 4-8 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive), listening (receptive) and conversation (interaction) skills. Task may include presentation, role play, description or similar and question and answer. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups, individual marks will be awarded to each student.