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Prospectus

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Mandarin Chinese - Beginners

Course
2019-2020

Tags

GC, LANG

Admissions requirements

None.

Description

This course aims at the development of communicative skills, with a special focus on listening and speaking skills. The introduction of cultural knowledge about China and its people is an integral part of the course.

This is an beginner course. At the end of the learning period, the learner will be able to understand basic Chinese sentence structures and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate practical and intercultural relevance (e.g. exchange of personal and family information, addressing others, shopping, local geography, etc.).

Course objectives

  • Oral productions & listening: Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to converse about simple and routine matters. They will be able to describe aspects of their personal backgrounds, immediate environments and other matters in areas of immediate need in simple terms. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level, A2 after the second course)

  • Visual perception: Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level, A2 after the second course)

  • Written production: Learners will be able to write 400 Chinese simplified. They will be able to write very simple phrases and sentences about everyday aspects of their environment in linked sentences, take notes of personal information, and compose a simple advertisement. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A1 level)

  • Learners will be familiar with cultural aspects of everyday life in China.

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence.

Assessment

Weekly assignments, 10%
Class dictation tests (weekly), 15%
Oral test I: personal report (mid-term), 10%
Oral test II: one to one interview (final), 30%
Final listening exam, 20%
Final Reading/writing exam, 15%

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

1) Compulsory Literature

  • Ding Anqi, Lily Jing, Xin Chen. 2010. Discover China Student’s book one. UK: MacmillanEducation.

  • Betty Hung. 2010. Discover China Workbook book one. UK: Macmillan Education.

2) Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)

  • Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 0-415-70010-8)

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

Zhaole Yang, z.yang@hum.leidenuniv.nl