Aims and Fit of Module
This module aims to help students who are interested in developing knowledge of Chinese at an upper-intermediate level with broader yet more complex topics in Chinese bringing their Chinese language proficiency to a level equivalent to CEFR B1.
All the Chinese language modules have been developed taking into account the QAA benchmark statements for a full or minor component in a language. QAA benchmark statements relate to the language component comprising at least one-third of the study total, resulting in students at the end of the relevant degree programme being at level C1. These Chinese modules make up less than one third of study and so the realistic minimum that would be achieved for a student starting at a beginner level in year 1 is CEFR B1+, though students with some initial knowledge would be at B2+.
A. Demonstrate understanding of general message and straightforward information when spoken clearly in Chinese
B. Demonstrate a general understanding of the main points in texts on subjects of personal interest in Chinese
C. Deliver an oral presentation on experiences and events, and exchange information in the context of a discussion in Chinese
D. Write comprehensible connected texts on familiar topics in Chinese
E. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of Chinese cultures and societies
Method of teaching and learning
This module includes 2*2 hours seminars plus 1 hour lecture per week.
Topic-based instruction is applied in seminars to systematically explore each topic with studying context drawn from authentic materials and a variety of media and genres in contemporary China.
Reading, discussion, presentation and writing will be organized to build up students’ knowledge and skills to communicate on social science topics, such as internal immigration, Chinese name culture, views on marriage, etc.
The lecture, which is a large group practice and review session, will be designed to support student learning in and after class.