This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Mandarin 1 Beginners and Mandarin 2 Pre-Intermediate. If students have not yet passed Mandarin 3 Intermediate, they are expected to follow that course alongside the Mandarin in Practice course.
This course puts into action the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills students acquired in their language acquisition courses. Students will apply their knowledge of Mandarin to authentic texts related to International Studies.
Using a case-study approach, students will practice finding and analysing Mandarin data in the first half of the course. In the second half, they will create a portfolio of usable Mandarin data on a topic of their choice.
By the end of the course, students will be able to locate written and spoken Mandarin materials that can serve as data or reference for a (research) project in International Studies.
Students will analyse spoken and written Mandarin texts of appropriate level. They will be able to summarise, paraphrase, and evaluate these texts in English.
Mode of instruction
Seminars are held every week. Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your lecturer in advance. Being absent at more than two of the sessions will result in a lowering of your participation grade (20% of the end grade) with 0,5 point for each session missed after the first three sessions. Please note that being absent at any 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 lecturer.
Midterm Exam (written examination)
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To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.
If you fail this course, you can resubmit an improved version of your portfolio (50% of the final grade). In case of resubmission of the portfolio (insufficient final grade only) the final grade for the portfolio will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the portfolio.
The exact arrangements with regards to the format and timing of the Midterm Exam can be found in the course syllabus on Blackboard.
Retaking a passing grade
Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2020 – 2021.
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 organised.
Reading materials will be provided by the course instructor.
Enrolment through uSis for the course 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.