This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed the entrance exam.
For this course a minimum number of 8 participants is required. If the minimum number of participants is not met, the course will be cancelled.
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.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending classes (6 hours per week over 12 weeks): 72 hours
Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities: 202 hours
Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours
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 & class participation
|Oral assignment I: personal report (mid-term)
|Oral assignment II: drama play (final speaking & listening)
|Final reading/writing exam
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, projects, etc.). No resit for the tutorial (participation or homework) is possible.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
Shaoyang Qi. 2011. Discover China Student’s book two. UK: Macmillan Education. ISBN: 0230406394
Jie Zhang. 2011. Discover China Workbook book two. UK: Macmillan Education. ISBN: 0230406408
Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)
- 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.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
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.