Chinese Intermediate One (FLC2230)

StaffMs Ying Wang - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesCompletion of FLC1130 or equivalent
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is appropriate for students who either already have or may quickly regain a level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese broadly equivalent to that of GCSE Grade A-B (or equivalent). This module is between A2 Basic User and B1 Independent User of the Common European Framework and aims to:

Consolidate the essential structures of the target language, developing both vocabulary and range of language structures thus equipping students with the linguistic tools to enable them to communicate effectively in everyday situations

Further develop active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening, productive skills in speaking, reading and writing

Deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

Chinese Intermediate One can be taken towards achieving ‘with proficiency in Chinese”, see http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/flc/undergraduate/proficiency/

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend straightforward written and aural texts on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, study, leisure etc in the target language
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a broad range of general topics which are familiar or of personal interest, both orally and in writing, and produce short descriptive and narrative texts, formal and informal letters.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor.
  • 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Make a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in his/her field and hold a conversation in the target language which may involve expressing opinions and making value judgement
  • 7. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture

Syllabus plan

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics: Main Grammar Affirmative and negative sentences with special question words, Use of" hao" at the end of a sentence, Description of locations, Chinese geography, Ways to express certainty & uncertainty, Noun clauses signalled by "de", More complicated patterns, On "ba" sentence,What (shenme ) as an indefinite pronoun, "Hao"( good) as adverb, Chinese zodiac, Format and contents of a traditional Chinese New Year card, End of sentence "Le", Past and present continuous tenses: "zheng zai", Topic comment, Use of "dan shi"(but), Buguo, (however),que (whereas),etc. Complicated sentence structure:Bu dan...er qie , Bu jin ...er qie, Bu jin ...hai,( not only ...but also) Main Topics Chinese language and Chinese culture, Travelling in China, Health, exercises and traditional Chinese medicine, Get-together and food, Chinese food and Western food Tradition and customs of Chinese festivals, Interests and hobbies, Likes and dislikes Chinese education, Chinese and British universities

The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as pair / group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class (between 3-5 hours per week) and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. For this module, you will be asked to consolidate your class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Mandarin Chinese. You will also be expected to complete the exercise book/workbook on a self-study basis, prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write short assignments and generally acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from class activities, homework assignments and coursework items. You will also receive formal feedback on the In-Class Test, including suggestions for what and how to improve and identifying your own strategies for improvement.

 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
662340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities66Language classes
Guided independent study234Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Chinese. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension)VariableallWritten and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
06040

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In class test201.5 hours1-5, 7Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
Oral test2510-12 minutes1-3, 6-7Written Feedback Sheet
Written Examination401.5 hoursallWritten Feedback (upon request)
Listening test1545 MinutesallWritten Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.
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0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In class test, Written examination, In-Class ListeningWritten exam1 - 6, 7Referral/deferral period
Oral testOral test2, 4, 5, 7Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Oral Test = 25%,  Written Examination = 75%

 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course books:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Vol. 2 (2nd Ed.): Textbook (with MP3 CD) (English and Chinese Edition) by Liu Xun (2011)
  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Vol. 2 (2nd Ed): Workbook (with MP3 CD) (English and Chinese Edition)  by Liu Xun (2011)

Supplemental materials:

  • Kan Qian, Colloquial Chinese, The next step in language learning, Routledge ( 2007)

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2207

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2011

Last revision date

February 2016

Key words search

chinese, intermediate