Mandarin Language and Society Level 1 (Beginner)
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Hua Xiang Pethick-Lawrence House, 601B
Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.
No previous knowledge of Mandarin is required; students with limited prior knowledge may be considered for the course subject to an interview with the course co-ordinator.
Beginners to intermediate study of the Mandarin language within the framework of social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness. In this level, the students are required to read and write up to 750 Chinese characters.
60 hours of classes in the MT. 60 hours of classes in the LT. 6 hours of classes in the ST.
Six hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practise; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials.
Structured activities in week 11 of both MT and LT.
The students will be required to complete weekly exercises. This includes grammar activities, writing Chinese characters and online communicative materials.
CH Xiang, 2010, Mastering Chinese, London. Palgrave Macmillan.
X Liu (ed.), 2006, New Practical Chinese Reader, Vol. 1, text book and workbook, Beijing. Beijing Language and Cultural University Press.
Y Po-Ching & D Rimmington, 2002, Beginners Chinese – A Grammar and Workbook, Routledge.
Oxford Chinese Dictionary, 2010, Oxford Dictionaries.
Exam (40%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (40%) in the MT and LT.
Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning. This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels. To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.
Student performance results
(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Language Studies
Total students 2017/18: 7
Average class size 2017/18: 5
Capped 2017/18: Yes (24)
Value: One Unit
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills