This module aims to extend students’ Chinese language and cultural knowledge, so that they can deal with most situations likely to arise while living and studying in China; this module will help to bring their Chinese language skills to a level equivalent to CEFR A2+.
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.
A. Be able to demonstrate understanding of short, simple narratives when spoken clearly and slowly in the target language
B. Be able to demonstrate understanding of short, simple texts on familiar subjects in the target language, which consist of high-frequency, everyday or university-related vocabulary
C. Be able to use the target language to give a brief oral presentation about factual information, as well as to ask for and give opinions, or agree and disagree, in a simple way
D. Be able to use the target language to write about their everyday life in simple sentences
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*2 hours seminars plus 1 hour lecture per week. Students will have 4 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.