Chinese – Elementary. Students that do not meet this prerequisite should contact the instructor regarding the required competencies before course allocation.
This course aims at the development of communicative skills, with a special focus on listening and speaking skills. It also introduces frequently used basic grammatical structures in order to solidify the learner’s knowledge of Chinese grammar. As its precedent courses (Chinese for beginners and elementary Chinese), the introduction of cultural knowledge about China and its people is an integral part of the course.
This is an intermediate course. At the end of the learning period, the learner will not only be able to understand basic sentence structures and frequently used expressions in Chinese, but will also be able to talk about more abstract topics.
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. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A2-B1 level)
Learners will be able to read and understand short, simple texts on familiar matters containing the highest frequency vocabulary. They will also be understand everyday material such as brochures, short official documents, written advertisements or announcements. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A2-B1 level)
Learners will be able to write 200 Chinese simplified characters (around 1000 after this course). They will be able to write simple connected text on familiar topics, or a letter describing personal experiences. (roughly corresponding to CEFR A2 level)
Learners will acquire 320 (approximately 1200 after the third course) vocabulary items. After this course learners will master basic Chinese grammar constructions and expressions, which is sufficient for basic daily conversation.
Mode of Instruction
The teaching method will be based on communicative-oriented approach, with strong focus on speaking fluency.
Class oral assignment 30% (twice per semester)
Class dictation test 10%
Final Listening/speaking exam 30%
Final Written exam 30%
Yuehua Liu et al. 2010. Integrated Chinese level 2 part 1 Textbook (third edition, simplified and traditional characters). Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company. ISBN: 9780887276804/9780887276798
Yuehua Liu et al. 2010. Integrated Chinese level 2 part 1 Workbook (third edition, simplified and traditional characters). Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company. ISBN: 9780887276835
Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma. 2006. Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 0-415-70010-8)
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Preparation for first session