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Chinese 4 (LL239, LL314)

Summary

Level:

This module will be offered to students who already have a good knowledge of Chinese: 1 - 2 years of intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, AS level or lower pass grades of A level, or those who have completed Learning Chinese 3 or equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 3 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in various social and study/work-related contexts, and to increase students' intercultural and social awareness essential to living in a Chinese-speaking environment. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Tutors:

Zhong ZHENG

Core Textbooks:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 3, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2004. (ISBN:7-5619-1251- X)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 4, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2004. (ISBN: 9787561913192)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 3, Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2004. (ISBN: 7-5619-1252-8)

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • develop their oral fluency and accuracy in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations
  • gather information from authentic texts of a variety of informal and formal genres
  • produce reasonably long essays and reports
  • increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.

Syllabus:

Topics
  • environmental protection
  • China's geography
  • mortgage and loans
  • climate and weather
  • food and festival in China
  • wedding in Chinese culture
  • gender equality
  • job opportunities
Grammar
  • sentences indicating the existence or emergence of something
  • complex conjunctives
  • structural particles
  • summary of complements and complex sentences

Course Description:

This module will focus on understanding and oral production of natural and authentic linguistic patterns, with more detailed analysis of important words and phrases. Students will also practise more advanced reading and writing techniques. It will involve student presentation on certain chosen topics, group discussion, pair work and other active learning methods. The module is based on units 33-44 of New Practical Chinese Reader 3/4, together with supplementary materials. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese grammar but also offers more insights into China's history and geography as well as everyday life in China today. There are homework and online resources to consolidate and assist classroom learning.