This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
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 a 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.).
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)
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)
Learners will be familiar with cultural aspects of everyday life in China.
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 acquire 450 vocabulary items.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website
Mode of instruction
Teaching Strategies: The teaching method will be based on communicative-oriented approach, with strong focus on pronunciation and speaking fluency
Class oral assignment 30% (twice per semester)
Class dictation test 10%
Final Listening exam/Oral exam 30%
Final Written exam 30%
Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.
Literature & Resources: 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 Reading: Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 0-415-70010-8)
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