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Module

CHN4061 : Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Melissa Fang
  • Other Staff: Mrs Shirley Knott, Miss Hanna Burdorf, 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

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

- build on language skills gained at Stages 1, 2 and 3
- 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, either because they took the ‘higher route’ (Level B, C, D) through their degree or because they made outstanding progress during the period of study abroad in China and were permitted to omit Level C (Level A, B, D).

The Semester 1 syllabus comprises 5 scheduled hours per week, divided as follows:

1 Speaking class
1 Reading class
1 Writing class
2 Written Translation classes (one for each language direction)

The Semester 2 syllabus comprises 6 hours per week, divided as follows:

1 Reading class
1 Writing class
2 Written Translation classes (one for each language direction)
2 Liaison Interpreting classes (one for each language direction)

Every week students will also have 2 structured guided learning hours including listening exercises, extra reading and writing tasks.

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

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 materials181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice901:0090:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching991:0099:0063 online hours. 36 present in person hours.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1151:00115:00N/A
Total400:00
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, participating in critical debate, oral presentation, written translation and liaison interpreting).

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

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 Examination991M2048 hr take home exam. Tests listening, reading, and translation skills.
Oral Examination151M10Tests oral presentation skills and level of oral fluency
Oral Examination152M20Tests liaison interpreting skills.
Written Examination992A3024 hr take home exam. Tests reading and translation skills.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHN4261Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
CHN4040Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese for 3-year programme2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20A portfolio of 2 writing assignments over both semesters, each requiring a 1000 character essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- Advanced reading and writing skills are assessed by means of formal written examination in order to ensure that students’ output is produced in identical conditions and is their own work.
- For translation skills, students are allowed to make use of online dictionaries for assessment to be as close to real life as possible.
- The assessment of liaison interpreting is performed in a setting that is as close to a real-life situation as possible.

Reading Lists

Timetable