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CHN1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese II

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Linlin Fang
  • Other Staff: Dr Fang Su
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Every week you will have 6 contact hours which are divided as follows:

1.Vocabulary, Grammar, Speaking and Writing (5 hrs): 3 hours in-class seminars and 2 hours online sessions.
We shall cover the grammatical points and items of vocabulary relating to the Lessons 9-15 of Integrated Chinese Book 1&2. The topics include: Shopping for clothes; Talking about the weather; Dining out; Taking public transport; Getting a lift; Seeing a doctor.

2. One structured guided learning hour for listening practice: Listening materials and task sheets will be provided 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion271:0027:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching551:0055:00Present in Person: 33 hours; Online: 22 hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study185:0085:00N/A
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) as well as reading and writing skills are practised throughout the course in task-based activities.

In order to ensure that 85 hours of independent guided study takes place, each contact hour is followed by
homework assignments (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).


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A45Unseen written exam containing vocabulary, grammar, reading and sentence translations
Oral Examination102M15N/A
Aural Examination452M15N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Portfolio of 2 writing assignments (a 300-400 character writing composition for each assignment) across Semester 2.
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Regular Vocabulary and Grammar tests
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.

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.

Alternative for written exam and aural exams: a 24 hour take-home paper.
Alternative for oral exam: online synchronous exam.
Alternative assessment for Prof skill assessment 1 (weekly vocab tests): online quizzes on Canvas.
Alternative assessment for Prof skill 2: two 24-hour take-home writing assignments.

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