Mandarin Chinese Intermediate One (PLM2230)
|Staff||Miss Amy Hopkins - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||Completion of PLM1130 or equivalent|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
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 you with the linguistic tools to enable you 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 your understanding and appreciation of 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.
- 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 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. Make a presentation on a topic pertinent to everyday occurrences in your 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
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. The following grammar / topics are typical of those covered, though exact content may vary from year to year:
- 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)
- 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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||66||Language classes|
|Guided Independent Study||234||Consolidate 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.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|5 formative tasks covering grammar and vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension||Variable||1-7||Written and oral|
|1 in-class formative task in week 12 (during the first two timetabled hours)||1.5 hours||1-5,7||Written and oral|
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|
|Oral Test||30||10-12 minutes||1-3,6,7||Written and oral|
|Written examination||50||2 hours||1-5,7||Written and oral|
|In-class listening test||20||45 minutes||1-5,7||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|
|Written Examination and In-Class Listening Test||Written Examination||1-5,7||Referral/deferral period|
|Oral Examination||Oral Examination||1,3,6,7||Referral/deferral period|
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
- 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)
- Dictionary: Collins Oxford English/Chinese and Chinese/.English dictionary
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