This module aims to help students who are interested in developing knowledge of Chinese at an advanced level with broader yet more complex topics in Chinese bringing their Chinese language proficiency to a level equivalent to CEFR B2-.
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 the main ideas of complex speech on concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect of the target language
B. Be able to demonstrate understanding of articles, reports and reviews in which the writers express specific points of view in the target language
C. Be able to use the target language to present a topical issue in a critical manner, and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of various options in the context of either a presentation or a discussion
D. Be able to use the target language to produce writing that gives reasons in support of or against a particular point of view, or explains the advantages and disadvantages of various options
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.