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Module Code: CLT311
Module Title: Chinese Language Stage 11&12
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: Modern Languages Center
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module is intended for students who have previous knowledge of the Chinese language (B2+ or equivalent) and it will progress in the study the Chinese language and culture. The module will broadly achieve an outcome that at times approaches near-native level communicative competencies, in particular in day to day listening and speaking.

• To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the Chinese language and written genres including business and literary writing.

• To enhance communicative proficiency in Chinese, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction), in genres such as for professional business or academic literature and historical study.

• To develop listening and reading skills to near-native levels of authentic business and academic texts.

• To develop a deep knowledge of contemporary Chinese business and academic culture.

All the Chinese 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 B2, though students with some initial knowledge would be at C1.

Learning outcomes 
A. Be able to demonstrate that they can follow extended speech in the target language on abstract and complex topics of academic and professional relevance.

B. Be able to demonstrate understanding of Chinese literature/writing styles;

C. Be able to use the target language to participate effectively in discussions on complex topics and to give a clear, well-structured presentation on a complex subject, expanding and supporting points of view with appropriate reasons and examples. To be able to communicate in a range of professional and academic situations and with some ability to adapt register to context.

D. Be able to use the target language to write clear, well-structured texts on professional and academic topics in an appropriate style with grammatical control that demonstrates some awareness of genre and register.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module places emphasis on a task-based teaching philosophy, with tasks provided throughout the teaching process. It advocates promoting their verbal and written ability for professional purpose.

All the topics are from authentic materials and a variety of media and genres in contemporary China including some chapters from academic books, prose, and documentary literature.

Reading, discussion, presentation and writing will be organized to build up students’ Knowledge and skills to analyze and writing Chinese essays for argument, exposition, academic papers.

All the seminars and lectures are delivered in Chinese. The lecture, which is a large group practice and review session, will be designed to support student learning in and after class.

This module will mainly concentrate on improving ability to read and write professional and academic essays.

Main tasks of this module will be:

Task 1: read essays on a wide range of topics including Chinese western development, Peking Opera and traditional architecture, relationship between children and parents, Chinese population strategy to expand their vocabulary, get familiar with different discourse styles, analyze several typical essays structures, learn some basic rhetoric, and improve their reading ability and writings skills apprehensively.

Task 2: could read and appreciate Chinese lyric proses, analyze the structures and understand the sentiments, use different rhetoric to describe and express emotions.

Task 3: learn and analyze the argumentation via the essays on Chinese philosophy and its development and spirit, master some basic structures of argumentation and put them into their own writing to demonstrate the opinion logically.

Task 4: could read and get information from scholar’s prose and use rhetoric including metaphor, personification and so on flexibly.

Task 5: could read reportage and get familiar with the writing styles and range and use of vocabulary.

Task 6: understanding complex sentence structures and learning some technological terminology through reading the texts on relationship between science & technology and Chinese sustainable development, get familiar with scientific discourse.

Task 7: reading novels by famous Chinese writer Lu Xun to improve their ability in Chinese novel appreciation and how to describe characters and their personalities vividly, learn the culture background behind the novels and how to start and end the articles with good skill, help them enjoy Chinese literature.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  104        170  300 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Integrated Exam 1 20.00
2 Speaking Coursework 1 10.00
3 Writing Coursework 1 10.00
4 Integrated Exam 2 30.00
5 Speaking Coursework 2 15.00
6 Writing Coursework 2 15.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/7/2019 7:15:41 PM