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Course Details in 2020/21 Session

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Module Title LC Mandarin Chinese Language beginners I
SchoolLan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Modern Languages
Module Code 09 26164
Module Lead Xiaolong Tang
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Co-requisites LC Mandarin Chinese Language beginners II - (09 26165)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-60 hours
Guided independent study-120 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module will provide a solid foundation for the study of Chinese language and culture for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. The course aims to develop basic productive skills (speaking and writing) as well as receptive skills (listening and reading). It also aims to equip students with language strategies for communicative competence. Students will learn Pinyin first including 21 initials, 38 finals, and 4 tones. The Chinese characters will gradually be introduced. Aspects of modern Chinese society will be introduced. Students will be given opportunities to work in a group as well as individually. Teaching is through practical language classes involving both whole-group and small group / pair-work activities with emphasis on communicative settings, use of visual aids and audio/video materials from the internet where appropriate. The course will also aim to equip students with the ability to access the language autonomously.  
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Recognise and write some Chinese characters and decode and encode basic texts.
  • Deal with predictable activities in listening and reading.
  • Listen to and show understanding of basic conversations in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Extract relevant information from simple texts written in simplified characters.
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of basic grammar.
Assessment 26164-03 : Listening Test : Class Test (30%)
26164-04 : Writing Test : Class Test (70%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: One writing exercise of 150-180 characters (70%) One Canvas listening quiz (30%)
Reassessment: Re-submission of failed assessment
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