Mandarin Chinese Advanced 2 (FLC3530)
|Staff||Dr Yan Wen-Thornton - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||Completion of FLC3415/3430 or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module is appropriate for students who have an A-level (Grade A-B) in the foreign language or equivalent, plus one year of study on an Advanced course or B2 of the Common European Framework for languages - CEFR. This module is between solid B2 - C1 (Exit level) Proficient User of the Common European Framework for languages, and aims to:
Review and consolidate the advanced 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 and academic situations and to further develop and embed active and passive language skills, including comprehension skills in listening and reading, with particular emphasis placed on the skills necessary for effective oral and written communication in the target language at an advanced level build on knowledge of the sociocultural aspects of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to continue to develop transferable skills necessary for studying and/or working abroad.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate competence in the use of a wide range of advanced grammatical structures of the target language.
- 2. Read and comprehend a wide range of demanding, longer written and aural texts in most registers, on both concrete and abstract topics in the target language, including articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and viewpoints.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Communicate fluently and effectively, orally or in writing, on complex and abstract topics and produce coherent, cohesive and accurate texts in a range of appropriate styles and genres.
- 4. Demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy in language learning, with minimal direction from the teacher.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, including an advanced reference grammar and specialist dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.
- 6. Make clear presentations on a range of concrete and abstract subjects and be able to express themselves confidently, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in more complex situations.
- 7. Work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team, reacting to situations as appropriate
- 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.
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: At this level, students are expected to demonstrate competence in the use of all advanced grammatical and complex structures. However, there may be remedial revision / consolidation of the following grammar during the module: Chinese measure words; modal words; formal and informal passive voices; tenses; complex conjunctions; compound sentences and various clauses; structural particles; pivotal sentences; the rhetorical question; The construction sentences; interrogative pronouns and comparisons.
Main topics: Chinese culture and customs; Chinese history and literature; China politics and economics; Chinese women; Chinese family and children; China reform and change.
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, listening comprehension and writing exercise.
You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class 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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||66||Language classes|
|Guided independent study||234||Preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|6 formative tasks per year (grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension||Variable||All||Oral and Written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|In class test||20||1.5 hours||1-6, 8||Written and oral|
|Oral test||25||17-18 minutes||2,4,5,7||Written and oral|
|Written Exam||40||2 hours||1-6, 8||Written and oral|
|In Class Listening and writing Task||15||45 Minutes||1-8||Written and oral|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|In Class Test, In Class Listening Test and Writing Task, Written Exam||Written Exam||1-5, 8||Ref/Def Period|
|Oral test||Oral test||1, 3-6, 8||Ref/Def Period|
Oral Test = 25%, Written Examination = 75%
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 5 (v. 5) (Chinese Edition) by Liu Xun
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/English dictionary.
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