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Module

CHN2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fang Su
  • Other Staff: Ms Linda Cheng
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

(1) To consolidate the linguistic foundation provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066 with a view to further study.
(2) To provide students with sufficient target language competence and inter-cultural sensitivity for communicative interaction with native speakers and to enable them to cope with typical situations met during a potential period of study abroad.
(3) To continue to provide students with skills necessary to become better language learners.

This module builds upon the foundation in language systems provided in CHN1065 and CHN1066, while continuing to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. You will learn more grammatical structures and vocabulary, and will be able to write a further 800 Chinese characters, making a total of well over 1000! By the end, you will be able to communicate effectively enough to cope successfully during your Year Abroad in China.

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 your Year Abroad.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic grammatical structures and items of vocabulary relating to the list below will be covered (corresponding to Lessons 15-20 of Integrated Chinese of Textbook 2 and Lessons 1-10 in Textbook 3). Items which have already been introduced in CHN1065 and CHN1066 will be further consolidated:

Notions: Time sequence and duration; direction and location; distance; completed action; result; progressive aspect; future probability; ability; experience; negation; comparison; passive verbs; kinship; forms of address.

Functions: Greeting and taking leave; describing intentions; requesting; expressing thanks; asking directions; writing letters; discussing professions; giving reasons; apologising; describing objects/places/situations; comparing; talking about personal interests.

Situations: Studying; sports; sightseeing; meeting people; eating, socialising and celebrating; transport and travel; healthcare; shopping; making practical arrangements.

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

1.       Grammar & Speaking (4 hours): 3 hours in-class seminars and 1-hour online session (interactive).
We shall cover all the grammatical points listed in the syllabus as above.

2.       Reading & Writing (1 hour): 1-hour online sessions (interactive).
One hour will be devoted to developing skills in reading and writing, using the grammatical points, sentences patterns and vocabulary studied from our core textbook earlier on each week. Translation (English into Chinese and Chinese into English) will also be practised.

3.       Listening (1 hour): structured guided learning
We shall provide you with listening task sheets to enable you to practice the grammatical points and sentence patterns through listening exercises. You are expected to complete the task sheets, check the answers, and conduct reflective learning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion441:0044:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching1101:00110:0066 hours Present in Person; 44 hours online sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2241:00224:00N/A
Total400:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHN2110Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 1
CHN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Key grammatical structures and vocabulary are introduced and practised using an integrated communicative approach in 5 hours of practical classes (3 hours present in person and 2 hours online) delivered in seminar style. Oral and aural skills (speaking and listening) as well as reading and writing are practised throughout the course in task-based activities. Students are required to spend at least one hour a week in the Language Resource Centre, working on listening work prescribed by the teacher.

Weekly vocabulary and grammar tests will take place on line with provision of immediate feedback to help students grasp the grammar points in an effective way.

In order to make sure that 224 hours of private guided study does take place, each contact hour is followed up by homework assignments. Many derive from the compulsory workbooks accompanying the core textbook. Additional materials may be distributed in class or published online and are considered an integral part of the homework assignments. There is a minimum homework submission requirement of 70%, with this percentage being calculated every 4 weeks. Individualised formative feedback is then provided as an integral part of the teaching programme.

This module is taught and assessed in English and Chinese. English will be applied for two activities:
1. Explanation of grammatical structure;
2. Translation from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A40Unseen written exam: Listening/grammar test, reading comprehension/translation/writing
Oral Examination102M15Week 12
Written Examination601M15Continuous assessment 1 (CA1) – an in class written test on reading, grammar and sentence translation
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Continuous assessment 2 (WA1+WA2) – portfolio of 2 writing assignments in the classroom, each requiring a 500-600-character essay
Prof skill assessmnt2M15Weekly online vocabulary and grammar tests over both semesters
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reading & Writing skills:
Continuous Assessment tests (CA1 & WA1) give students and staff the opportunity to monitor and review initial progress during Semester 1, while the portfolio of written coursework (WA1 & WA2) provides motivation for independent learning and allows students to assess further progress in Semester 2. Alternative method for the writing assignments (CA1 & WA1 & WA2) is 24 hrs Taken Home assessments online.

Weekly online 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 immediate online feedback on their performance.

The formal written examination and oral examination provide a summary assessment, as well as a chance to review progress before progressing on to the period of study abroad. Alternative method to the final written examination is 24 hrs Take Home examination online.

Knowledge of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary are assessed in all assessed work (tests, continuous assessments and formal examination). Knowledge of the orthographic system is assessed by continuous assessment tests, portfolio of written coursework and formal written examination, while that of the phonological system is assessed by listening part of the written examine and oral examination.

Listening and Speaking skills: Listening skills are assessed by aural and oral examination as part of formal examination, while speaking skills are assessed in the latter only. Alternative method to the Speaking examination is online synchronous exam.

Reading Lists

Timetable