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Chinese 2 (LL227)

Summary

Level:

This module will be offered to students who have completed Learning Chinese 1 or who already have some basic knowledge of Chinese - equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 1 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To continue to work on basic sentence patterns, grammar and ways of expressions, develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a range of predictable everyday tasks and gain greater knowledge of Chinese society. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching hours:

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:

Yinghong Shang

Core Texts:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 1 (Units 11- 14), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN: 7-5619-1040-1)

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 2 (Units 15-20), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN: 7-5619-1129-7)

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 1(Units 11- 14), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002.(ISBN: 7-5619-1042-8)

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 2 (Units 15-20), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2002. (ISBN: 7-5619-1145-7)

Additional Materials:

  • Oxford Starter Chinese Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2000. (ISBN: 0198602588)

  • Basic Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook (2nd Edition), Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington, Routledge, 2009. (ISBN:0-415-47215-6)

  • Yufa ! A practical guide to Mandarin Chinese.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Communicate more confidently with a certain level of oral fluency and accuracy in a range of daily life situations
  • Obtain general and detailed information from audio materials of clear and standard pronunication
  • Find required messages from Chinese texts on familiar topics
  • Compose longer paragraphs in characters

Syllabus:

Communicative functions
  • talking about one's health and seeing a doctor
  • talking about past activities and experience
  • renting a house
  • making telephone calls
  • making invitations
  • changing money at the bank
  • borrowing and returning books
  • describing and comparing
  • at the post office
  • talking about hobbies
Grammatical content
  • optative verbs
  • sentences with serial verb phrases
  • pivotal sentences
  • the particle 'le'
  • subjective-predicate structures as attributives.
  • numeration from numbers from 100 to 10, 000
  • the 'ba' sentence
  • different types of complements
  • making comparisons with the preposition of 'bi'

Course Description:

This module will focus on grasping more basic sentence patterns, grammar and ways of expressions, developing essential listening and speaking skills and practising further reading and writing techniques in characters. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides more exposure to the language but also offers students better insights into a broader spectrum of everyday life in China. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning.