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Module Code: LAN301
Module Title: Chinese as a Global Language
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: English Language
Pre-requisites: N/A
This is a compulsory module for both streams of the BA China Studies.

As China continues to grow and develop, there is increasing interest around the world in the country and its language. The study of the Chinese language is increasing in Europe, the United States and around the world. This module aims to:

• To focus on present-day Chinese and explain how it is developing as a global language;

• To map the territory where Chinese is spoken in the world nowadays and focus on a number of varieties;

• To discuss if and when Chinese could replace English as THE world Language

• To enable students to reflect on key issues in international communication derived from the use of Chinese as a global language;

• To help students develop a critical understanding of Global Chinese and its impact on cultural identity;

Learning outcomes 
A reflect critically on the reasons for the development of Chinese as a global language

B explain the dynamics and impact of the expansion of Chinese language

C Understand and evaluate the impact of Chinese language on global business and global media
Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching will use a combination of lectures followed by tutorials, where ideas from the lectures can be further developed. It is intended that the lectures and tutorials are linked together by themes.
Topics that are covered in this module will include:

1. The concept of a global language

2. Chinese as a native language

3. Chinese as a foreign language

4. The current global status of Chinese

5. Factors behind the rise of Chinese

6. The 'native speaker' debate

7. Chinese as a commodity: approaches to Chinese as a World Language (CWL)

8. Chinese and English – Friend or Foe

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 35.00
2 Essay 65.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/5/2020 5:30:38 PM