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 B2- 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 (presen-tation 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.
Students completing the module successfully should:
A. Be able to demonstrate understanding of the main ideas of complex speech on con-crete 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 ei-ther 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 disad-vantages of various options
This module includes 2*4 hours seminars plus 1 hour lecture per week. Students will have 8 hours per week of integrated skills class, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The seminars place emphasis on a task-based teaching philosophy, with tasks provided throughout the teaching process. The module advocates allowing students to learn and grasp the knowledge and skills of the language through the completion of assignments, and to improve their communication and comprehensive language abilities.
The lecture, which is a large group practice and review session, will be designed to support student learning in and after class.