Aims and Fit of Module
The module is intended for students who have some previous knowledge of the Chinese language (A1+ or equivalent) and it will progress in the study the Chinese language and culture. The module will broadly achieve an outcome at level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
• To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the Chinese language, including grammar and lexis.
• To enhance communicative proficiency in Chinese, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction).
• To develop further listening and reading skills.
• To broaden the knowledge of contemporary China
• To develop intercultural awareness of China and Chinese speaking cultures.
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 short, simple narratives when spoken slowly in Chinese
B. Demonstrate understanding of short, simple texts on familiar subjects in Chinese
C. Communicate about factual topics, as well as exchanging information in a simple way
D. Write about everyday topics in simple sentences in Chinese
E. Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of Chinese cultures and societies
Method of teaching and learning
Communicative language teaching involves a high level of interaction between teacher and students. Teaching and assessment will revolve around the setting and completion of specified language tasks.
This module includes 2*4 hours seminars per week. Students will have 8 hours per week of integrated skills class, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The lecture, which is a large group practice and review session, will be designed to support student learning in and after class.