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 expanding of cultural knowledge about China and its people is an integral part of the course.
Expanding pre-existing basic knowledge, the learner will master basic Chinese grammar constructions and expressions, enabling him/her to handle basic daily conversations.
Oral productions & Listening: Learners will acquire communicative skills enabling them to communicate limited information in simple everyday situations. They will be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics.
Visual perception: Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary. They can also catch the main point in short, clear messages and announcements.
Written production: Learners will be able to write 400-450 Chinese simplified characters. They will be able to write simple phrases and sentences relating to areas of immediate need.
Learners will be familiar with cultural aspects of everyday life in China.
Mode of instruction
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.
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.
Shaoyang Qi. 2011. Discover China Student’s book two. UK: Macmillan Education.
Jie Zhang. 2011. Discover China Workbook book two. UK: Macmillan Education.
Recommended Literature & Other Sources
- Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 0-415-70010-8)
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.
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.
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.