Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module will further develop students communication skills in Mandarin Chinese, enabling them to speak, listen, read, and write in carrying out tasks they are likely to encounter in socialising, living, studying, travelling or working in China. Topics and functions covered in the module will include: making comparisons, discussing Chinese cities, regions, countryside and types of accommodation, holiday options, talking about choices and decisions, quoting reported speech. The students will have the awareness of the appropriate use of familiar register and will be able to switch familiar and normal polite as and when it is necessary. The module will build up students' competence of writing in Chinese characters and will also equip them with an understanding of contemporary Chinese culture and society.
This course aims to consolidate students' existing language skills and further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, which are the core components in developing learners¿ communicative competence in Mandarin Chinese.
Intended Learning Outcomes
understand main points of clear standard speech in Mandarin Chinese on familiar matters and focus on four key speech patterns or set constructions: 1enter into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life: 1describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, by connecting phrases in a simple way: 1,2write medium-level connected Chinese text on familiar topics: 2demonstrate an understanding of socio-linguistic codes including register difference: 1,2understand Chinese texts that consist mainly of high-frequency everyday language: 1,2
20 hours of synchronous and asynchronous class time 100 hours class preparation and revision and private study22 hours revision for and completion of written exam 8 hours preparation for and attendance at spoken interaction exam
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
1: Oral Exam weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Spoken interaction assessmentA 6-7 minute spoken interaction assessment to test speaking (productive) and listening (receptive) skills. Task may include role play, presentation, question and answer, description and similar. If assessments are organised in pairs or groups individual marks will be awarded to each student and the total time allowed will be 5-6 minutes per student2: Exam weighted 50%
1 hour reading/writing examExamination testing writing and reading skills and the command of active and passive vocabulary from the topic areas studied.