Global Opportunities

CHN4161 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

• build on language skills gained previously
• provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the Chinese language and with the ability to use it with a high level of proficiency in professional, academic and social environments
• prepare students for postgraduate study in areas that make extensive and intensive use of the target language
• develop students’ written translation skills, into and from Chinese
• begin to develop students’ liaison interpreting skills, into and from Chinese

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is aimed at final year students of Chinese, who have reached a near-native command of the language, and may have spent certain time studying abroad in China and were permitted to join the course.

The Semester 1 syllabus comprises 6 scheduled hours per week, divided as follows:

1 Speaking class
1 Reading class
1 Writing class
1 Business Chinese class
2 Written Translation classes (1 in each language direction)

Students will also have 1 structured guided learning hour per week to practice listening skills.

Advanced reading, writing and written translation skills will be based on topical themes emerging from a range of text types. Liaison interpreting skills will be based on a range of professional situations and exchanges.

Specific topics and materials used in group practice sessions will be based on current affairs, and will initially be provided by the lecturer/teacher. Subsequently, students will research and supply
materials themselves, under the close supervision of the lecturer/teacher.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice441:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching661:0066:0044 present-in-person hours; 22 online hours.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHN4061Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese
CHN4040Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese for 3-year programme
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Language classes will introduce, model and offer guidance in each of the skills that students are required to practise during the course, including advanced speaking and listening, intensive reading, summary and commentary writing, oral presentation, written translation and liaison interpreting).

The translation classes (into both languages) are taught online because students can complete translation tasks in a setting that is as close to a real-life professional situation as possible.

This module will be delivered in a mixture of Chinese (=the norm) and English (for the purpose of complex explanations).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1501M60Tests vocabulary, reading and translation skills.
Oral Examination101M20Tests oral presentation and discussion skills.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20A portfolio of writing assignment and business Chinese task.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral exam in Semester 1 (20%) composes presentation and discussion tasks. It will test students’ ability to produce and present their output orally and discuss with a target language speaker spontaneously.

A 150-minute written exam in Semester 1 (60%) on vocabulary, reading and translation skills. Students will be expected to hand-write in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers if they have physical disability and it is supported by a SSP.

The portfolio of writing assignment and business Chinese task (20%) are necessary in order to allow students to acquire competence steadily. It also provides students with the opportunity to have constant feedback on their performance.

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