This module aims to help students with no prior Chinese knowledge to establish a solid foundation in their Chinese study, bringing their Chinese language proficiency 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 capable of understanding enough provided Chinese which is clearly and slowly articulated and expressing simple opinions or requirements orally in a familiar context such as making arrangement for daily activities, seeking help, talking about weather, holidays and hometown, also be able to use some basic time markers.
B. Be able to read and understand frequently used expressions, sentences and straightforward moderate-length texts within a known area.
C. Can write in simple terms about aspects of their backgrounds, living environment and personal needs.
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.