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Mandarin 2 Intermediate

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2020-2021

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Mandarin 1 Pre-Intermediate.

Description

This course aims at the development of integrated skills with special focus in improving students’ reading and translation skills. It introduces frequently used grammatical structures in order to solidify the learner’s knowledge of Chinese grammar. The expanding of cultural knowledge about China and its people is an integral part of the course.

Course objectives

  • Oral productions & Listening: Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to describe experiences and events. They will be able to organize and present their viewpoints on familiar topics.

  • Visual perception: Learners will be able to read and understand texts with more complex sentences on familiar matters containing frequent vocabulary. They will also be able to understand everyday material such as brochures, short official documents, written advertisements or announcements.

  • Written production: Learners will acquire another 400 vocabulary items. They will be able to write some short texts on familiar topics, or a letter describing personal experiences. After this course learners will master basic Chinese grammar constructions and expressions, which is sufficient for basic daily conversation and easy translation.

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

Skill CEFR Level
Reading A2
Writing A1+
Listening A1+
Speaking A2

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Tutorials

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. With online education, it is more important than ever to maintain communication and stay in touch with your study groups. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Learning aim: Master the writing system of Mandarin characters

    Assessment: Weekly class dictation tests

  • Learning aim: Use the target language points to give a short report/ answer the teacher’s short questions

    Assessment: the first and second in-class oral assignment (individual interview)

  • Learning aim: Use correct grammar points to organize sentences and improve reading capability in Mandarin

    Assessment: final writing/reading exam

Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
Class dictation test (10%) & class participation (10%) 20%
Oral assignment I: personal report (mid-term) 20%
Oral assignment II: drama play (final speaking & listening) 20%
Final reading/writing exam 40%

End Grade

  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.

Resit

If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Compulsory Literature

1) Integrated Chinese, 4th Ed, Volume 3, Textbook
by Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Yaohua Shi, Liangyan Ge
ISBN: 9781622911561

2) Integrated Chinese, 4th Ed., Volume 3, Workbook
by Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Yaohua Shi, Liangyan Ge
ISBN: 9781622911578

Registration

  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Contact

Z. Yang MA

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.

Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies

Remarks

This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.