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Module

CHN1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese I

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Melissa Fang
  • Other Staff: Dr Fang Su
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1. To establish the most basic foundation in the language systems (grammar, orthography and phonetics) of Mandarin Chinese, upon which students can build language competence with a view to further study.
2. To allow students to begin to develop receptive (reading and listening) and productive (writing and speaking) skills.
3. To begin to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

You will learn how to use use the pinyin transliteration system and to recognise and produce more than 200 Chinese characters! By the end, you will be communicating orally in very simple situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Every week you will have 5 scheduled teaching hours which are divided as follows:

1.Vocabulary, Grammar and Speaking (4 hrs): 1 hrs in-class seminars and 3 hours online sessions.

We shall cover the grammatical points and items of vocabulary relating to the Lessons 1-8 of Integrated Chinese Book 1. The topics include: meeting new people, family, date and time, hobbies, visiting friends, making appointments, studying languages, school life.

2. Reading and Writing ( 1 hr): in-class seminar.

Every week you will also have 2 structured guided learning hours including:

1.Listening: Listening materials and task sheets to enable you to practice the grammar points, vocabulary, sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers, and conduct reflective learning before online submission.

2. Reading and Writing: We will provide extra reading and writing tasks to reinforce your reading and writing skills.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion271:0027:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching451:0045:00Online: 27 hours. Present in Person: 18 hours.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study192:0092:00N/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) are practised throughout the course in task-based activities involving pair and group work.

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601M80Written exam including vocabulary, grammar, reading and sentence translations.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Regular vocab, grammar, and pronunciation tests.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular vocabulary and grammar tests 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. The written examination enables the assessing of the overall performance of the student in each of the knowledge and skill outcomes.

Reading Lists

Timetable