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Modules

Modules

CHN1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese II

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1. To build upon the basic foundation in the language systems provided in CHN1065 with a view to further study.
2. To allow students to continue to develop receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking) skills.
3. To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

You will learn a further 220-250 Chinese characters, making a total of well over 400! By the end, you will be communicating orally in simple everyday situations.

We use a task-based, communicative approach, and encourage peer learning through pair and group work. Assessment is by portfolio of written coursework, aural exam, oral exam, and written exam. Building a portfolio of assessed coursework helps you to monitor your progress and stimulates independent learning and learner autonomy. Formal exams provide a summary assessment before continuing on to CHN2010 at Stage 2.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic grammatical structures and items of vocabulary relating to the list below will be covered (corresponding to Lessons 7-11 of Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1). Items which have already been introduced in CHN1065 will be further consolidated:

Notions: Status/Profession; Nationality/Countries; Possession; Existence; Numbers; Dates; Days of the week; Months of the year; Age; Time; Intention; Wishes/desires; Location; Permission; Completed action/event; Future event; Necessity; Consecutive/simultaneous actions; Continuing action; Learned vs. Circumstantial ability; Money; Colours; Weather and seasons; Change of state; Anticipated future; Repeated action; Imminent action; Habitual action; Consecutive action

Functions: Greetings; Introductions; Asking questions; Making requests; Counting nouns; Telling the time; Talking about plans; Talking about hobbies; Expressing likes/dislikes; Making suggestions; Describing nouns; Making a telephone call; Making appointments; Asking a favour; Giving reasons; Describing actions; Making exclamations; Making comparisons; Complaining; Giving directions; Expressing alternatives; Giving advice; Expressing thanks

Situations: Family; Birthday; Weekend leisure activities; Taking meals; Playing sports; Visiting friends; School life; Study and exams; Writing personal letters; Shopping for clothes; Talking about the weather; Taking public transport; Getting a lift

Notions: Nationality/Countries; Possession; Existence; Numbers; Dates; Days of the week; Months of the year; Age; Time; Intention; Wishes/desires; Location; Permission; Completed action/event; Future event; Necessity; Consecutive/simultaneous actions; Continuing action; Circumstantial vs. learned ability; Money; Colours; Weather and seasons; Change of state; Repeated action

Functions: Greetings; Introductions (inc. status/profession); Asking questions; Making requests; Counting nouns; Telling the time; Talking about plans; Talking about hobbies; Expressing likes/dislikes; Making Suggestions; Describing nouns; Making a telephone call; Making appointments; Giving reasons; Describing actions; Making exclamations; Making comparisons; Giving directions

Situations: Family; Birthday; Weekend leisure activities; Taking meals; Playing sports; Visiting friends; Study and exams; School life; Writing personal letters; Shopping for clothes; Taking public transport

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching661:0066:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using an integrated communicative approach. Oral and aural skills (i.e. speaking and listening), in addition to reading skills, are practised throughout the course in task-based classroom activities involving pair and group work. Writing skills are introduced in class and practised outside the classroom in creative assignments set by the lecturer.

In order to ensure that 134 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by homework assignments relating to what has just been introduced/practised (many derive from the workbook and character workbook accompanying the core textbook). There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 6 weeks. Where appropriate, individualised formative feedback is provided (e.g. for writing assignments involving a creative element).

Students are required to spend at least one hour a week in the Language Resource Centre, working on listening work prescribed by the teacher.

THIS MODULE IS TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE (SIMPLIFIED CHARACTERS).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A40N/A
Aural Examination502A20N/A
Oral Examination102A15N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Portfolio of 3 writing assignments (a 300-400 character writing composition for each assignment) across Semester 2.
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Weekly Vocabulary and Grammar tests - 5 minutes each
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Aural Examination2MN/A
Oral Examination2MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Continuous assessment carried out by means of the portfolio of written coursework allows students to assess their progress in writing skills, vocabulary acquisition/usage and grammar across the semester. The formal written, aural and oral examinations provide a summative assessment as well as a chance for students and staff to review progress before continuing on to CHN2010.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary are assessed in all assessed work. Knowledge of the phonological system is assessed by oral and aural examination, while that of the orthographic system is assessed via the portfolio of written coursework and formal written paper.

Regular Vocabulary and Grammar tests are necessary in order to allow students to acquire competence steadily. It also provides the opportunity to have constant feedback on their performance.

Resit: 60 minute written exam

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