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Chinese Units Introduction

Chinese 111

Syllabus: Written and spoken Chinese at an introductory level. Students acquire the four essential language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing through taking part in communicative activities. Students will also be introduced to Chinese society, Chinese culture and the structure of the Chinese language through lectures and audio-visual presentations.

Unit Learning Outcomes: 1, Conduct basic greetings and conversations in Chinese (Mandarin), 2, Read and write simple messages in simplified and/or traditional Chinese script, 3, Communicate in a manner appropriate to different social and cultural systems in Chinese speaking countries,

Assessments: 1, Workbook activities and on going exercises (30%), 2, Mid-semester written and listening exam (30%), 3, End-Semester exam: written, listening, oral (40%),

Weekly Tuition Pattern: Lecture: 1×1 Hours, Tutorial: 2×2 Hours

Chinese 112

Syllabus: This unit covers both written and spoken Chinese at an introductory level that builds on prior knowledge. We use a communication-oriented approach to help you develop confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing Standard Modern Chinese so that you will be able to communicate with speakers of Chinese in simple day-to-day situations. You are encouraged to acquire the four essential language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. A wider introduction to Chinese culture and the structure of the Chinese language.

Unit Learning Outcomes: 1, Conduct conversation in Chinese (Mandarin) on a limited range of social situations, 2, Read and write simple messages in simplified and/or traditional Chinese script, 3, Communicate in a manner appropriate to different social and cultural systems in Chinese speaking countries,

Assessments: 1, Workbook and ongoing exercises (20%), 2, Collaborative role play – write and perform Chinese dialogue for a specific social scenario (20%), 3, Mid-semester written, listening examination (20%), 4, Semester written, listening and oral examination (40%),

Weekly Tuition Pattern: Lecture: 1×1 Hours, Tutorial: 2×2 Hours

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Chinese 211

Syllabus: Further develops students' communicative competence in the Chinese language over a wider range of situations. Conversation, readings, discussions and report writing will be conducted on topics in relation to contemporary Chinese society and culture. The cultural significance of language usage will be examined, together with systematic discussion of appropriate manners and social etiquette to enable effective communication with Chinese speakers.

Unit Learning Outcomes: 1, Conduct conversation in a manner appropriate to the customs of Chinese speaking communities, 2, Read short articles written in simplified scripts on contemporary Chinese society, 3, Write compositions on a variety of everyday topics in Chinese, 4, Apply appropriate social manners and etiquette when communicating,

Assessments: 1, Workbook activities (10%), 2, Mid-semester test (listening & written, 35%), 3, End of semester exam (oral, written and listening, 55%),

Weekly Tuition Pattern: Lecture: 1×1 Hours, Tutorial: 1×1 Hours, 1×2 Hours.

Chinese 212

Syllabus: Further develops communicative competence in the Chinese language through collaborative and self-directed learning activities. Students will acquire skills in handling short written texts on topics relating to contemporary Chinese society. They will be encouraged to express opinions, conduct discussions and present reports. Relevant cultural and social issues will be discussed.

Unit Learning Outcomes: 1, Conduct collaborative and self-directed conversation in a manner appropriate to the customs of Chinese speaking communities, 2, Read and comment on short articles written in simplified scripts on contemporary Chinese society, 3, Write a short report or summary of discussions on a variety of social and cultural topics, 4, Apply appropriate language in cultural and social situations,

Assessments: 1, Workbook activities (10%), 2, Mid-semester test (listening & written, 35%), 3, End of semester exam (oral, written and listening, 55%),

Weekly Tuition Pattern: Lecture: 1×1 Hours, Tutorial: 1×1 Hours, 1×2 Hours.

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Chinese Society and Culture 250

Syllabus: Exploration of various cultural, social and historical phenomena in China.

Unit Learning Outcomes: 1, Identify major contemporary issues in China, 2, Analyse the significance of those issues in their social, cultural and historical contexts, 3, Synthesise research findings and present an argument,

Communicating with China 280

Chinese 311

Syllabus: This unit develops students’ ability to communicate effectively in a range of formal and informal settings. Emphasis will be put on developing awareness of language variations and regional differences in language use. The four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be integrated in collaborative learning activities. Students will also be introduced to the writings of famous Chinese writers and are encouraged to critically examine these writings for their cultural significance.

Chinese 312

Chinese 321

Chinese 322

Exploring China 331

Exploring China 332

Chinese 341 – Business Chinese

Chinese 342 – Translating & Interpreting

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