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Mandarin 1 Pre-Intermediate

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
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.
You need to contact your coordinator of studies in order to check your language level and to do the entry test.

Description

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.

Course objectives

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.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading A1+
Writing A1
Listening A1+
Speaking A1

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Tutorials

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 five (5) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:

Component Estimated time
Attending classes 72 hours
Assessment hours (exams) 6 hours
Preparing for classes, exams and extra activities 202 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

  • 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

Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
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%

End Grade

  • 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.

Resit

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.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for this course. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

Compulsory Literature

  • 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)

Registration

  • 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.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

Zhaole Yang

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.

Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies

Remarks

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.