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Chinese 2 (LL227)

Summary

Level:

This module will be offered to students who have completed Learning Chinese 1 or who already have some basic knowledge of Chinese - equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 1 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To enable students to acquire simple and more complex sentence patterns and ways of expressions.
To develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a range of predictable everyday situations.
To continue to develop strategies for learning Chinese.
To achieve A2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Timetable:

The lesson will be fully online due to the new circumstance.

Our lesson will start from next Monday, 12th October. It will be 1.5 hours on Asynchronous lesson (mainly videos and works on Moodle) and 1.5 hours synchronous on Microsoft Teams. Please find the file of ‘Choose your synchronous lesson time.xlsx’ in Team LL227 Chinese 2 and put down your name whether you would like to have the asynchronous lesson in the morning or in the evening.

Teaching hours:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Tutors:

Yinghong Shang

Core Texts:

  • New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 1-2 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2012
    New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 1-2 (2nd Edition), Liu Xun. Beijing Language University Press, 2012

Additional Materials:

  • Oxford Starter Chinese Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2000. (ISBN: 0198602588)

  • Basic Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook (2nd Edition), Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington, Routledge, 2009. (ISBN:0-415-47215-6)

  • Yufa ! A practical guide to Mandarin Chinese.

Course Description:

Students will learn and reinforce the basics of the Chinese language. This module will offer an opportunity to continue to work on basic sentence patterns, grammar and ways of expressions, to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a range of predictable everyday tasks and to gain greater knowledge of Chinese society. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed. Successful completion of Chinese 2 qualifies students to progress to Chinese 3.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Exchange information orally on familiar topics and activities
  • Apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Gain an insight into everyday life in the Chinese speaking communities
  • Understand spoken language in areas of immediate personal relevance
  • Write simple texts, messages and emails, using simplified Chinese characters

Syllabus:

Communicative functions and grammar contents based on the textbooks used.

Communicative functions
  • talking about one's health and seeing a doctor
  • talking about past activities and experience
  • renting a house
  • making telephone calls
  • making invitations
  • changing money at the bank
  • borrowing and returning books
  • describing and comparing
  • at the post office
  • talking about hobbies
Grammatical content
  • optative verbs
  • sentences with serial verb phrases
  • pivotal sentences
  • the particle 'le'
  • subjective-predicate structures as attributives.
  • numeration from numbers from 100 to 10, 000
  • the 'ba' sentence
  • different types of complements
  • making comparisons with the preposition of 'bi'