This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
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 elementary 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.). Students will also build a solid foundation on Chinese writing system.
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.
Reading: Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary.
Written production: Learners will be able to write 400 Chinese simplified words/characters. 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.
Learners will be familiar with cultural aspects of everyday life in China.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. 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.
Learning aim: Master the writing system of Mandarin-characters
Assessment: Weekly class dictation tests
Learning aim: Use of the target language to give a short report/ answer the teacher’s short questions
Assessment: the first in-class oral assignment (individual presentation)
Learning aim: Use of the target language to communicate with each other on different topics
Assessment: Second oral assignment (final speaking test, in the form of drama play)
Learning aim: Use of the correct grammar to organize sentences and improve reading capability in Mandarin
Assessment: Final writing/reading exam
|Class dictation test (10%) & class participation (10%)||20%|
|Oral assignment I: individual test (mid-term)||20%|
|Oral assignment II: drama play (final speaking & listening)||20%|
|Final reading/writing exam||40%|
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.
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.
Ding Anqi, Lily Jing, Xin Chen. 2010. Discover China Student’s book one. UK: Macmillan Education.
Betty Hung. 2010. Discover China Workbook book one. UK: Macmillan Education.
Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)
- Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge.
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.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.