Mandarin Chinese Beginners (PLM1130)

StaffMiss Amy Hopkins - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module is intended for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Chinese and offers an introduction to Chinese language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to:

  • Provide you with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus enabling you to communicate effectively across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at an elementary level on a variety of general topics
  • Enable you to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations
  • Provide an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop your awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
  • 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations
  • 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, both orally and in writing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise your 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 your learning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Communicate at a basic level in the target language
  • 7. Work productively with others as part of a team, within a set structure
  • 8. 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.

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Grammar:

  • Sentence order
  • Yes/No questions with ma
  • Sentences with and/or without shi (be)
  • Numbers and measure words
  • Present, past and future tenses
  • Sentences with question words
  • Structure of sentences of tai … le
  • Comparison with bi
  • Prepositions, modifying nouns by using de
  • Affirmative and negative statement with modal verbs

Main topics

  • Greetings
  • Name, nationality and age
  • Asking for permissions and directions
  • Making comments and talking about one’s major and family members
  • Celebrating birthday and dates/time
  • Shopping and likes/dislikes
  • Food and drinks
  • Talking about one’s health
  • Renting a house
  • Making a phone call and invitation
  • Holiday greetings

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.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
882120

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching88Language classes
Guided independent study212Consolidate 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
5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehensionVariable1-8Written and oral
In-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)1.5 hours1-5, 7Written and oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
05050

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral test3010-12 minutes1, 3-6, 8Written and oral
Written examination502 hours1-6, 8Written and oral
In-class listening test2045 minutes2, 4, 5, 8Written and oral
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0
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 listening test and written examinationWritten examination1-6, 8Referral/Deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1, 3-6, 8Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

For the re-assessment, there will be no in-class listening test, instead there will be an oral test (30%) and a written examination (70%). 

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Main course books: 

 Recommended materials:

  •  Dictionary: Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/English dictionary

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

12/02/2018

Last revision date

21/01/2019

Key words search

Chinese, beginners, Mandarin