The module is intended for students who have some previous knowledge of the Chinese language (B1- or equivalent) and it will progress in the study the Chinese language and culture. The module will broadly achieve an outcome at level B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
• To consolidate and widen further the knowledge of the Chinese language, including grammar and lexis.
• To enhance communicative proficiency in Chinese, in both writing and oral (presentation and interaction).
• To develop further listening and reading skills.
• To broaden the knowledge of contemporary China
• To develop intercultural awareness of China and Chinese speaking cultures.
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 straightforward information spoken clearly in the target language about everyday and study-related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details.
B Be able to demonstrate a confident understanding of the main points in straightforward texts in the target language on subjects of personal or professional interest.
C Be able to use the target language to give a prepared presentation, answer clear questions, and express opinions on abstract topics, such as films and music, in the context of a discussion.
D Be able to use the target language to write about a variety of familiar subjects well enough for others to follow their narrative or argument.
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.