Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module will further develop students language communication skills In Mandarin Chinese, enabling them to conduct routine tasks they are likely to encounter in socialising, living, studying, travelling or working in China. Functions and topics will include: expressing and understanding of feelings and emotions expressed orally and in personal letters, explaining reasons and giving excuses in a more sensitive or complex manner, expressing opinions, offering advice, giving details of future plans and projections and making guesses. Some feature film clips set in a variety of social and work situations will be analysed in teaching sessions. There will also be reading and writing work to build students' confidence in handling mixture of various Chinese characters. Students will also become fluent with a range of social contexts and culturally specific behaviour.
It aims to further develop students' Chinese language communication skills already acquired up to Chinese 6 or equivalent. By placing the focus of study on language structure and functional, cultural knowledge, the module aims to foster learners' ability to communicate in the Chinese language at a higher level.
Intended Learning Outcomes
understand the main point of some radio or TV programmes on topics of personal or professional interest: 1,2understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters written in fluent Chinese charaters: 1,2give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans: 1,2write personal letters describing experiences and impressions: 2understand and apply the general rules for using deferential, neutral and humble registers appropriate for specific situation: 1,2recognize and act upon cultural differences encountered in common situations and demonstrate knowledge of customs and modes of behaviour in Chinese society: 1,2enter unprepared into conversation on topics such as travel and events: 1
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 student.2: 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.