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Chinese Advanced Literacy and Oracy (LL327)

Summary

Level:

This module will be offered to students who already have achieved basic and intermediate reading and writing skills, e.g. 2 years intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, those who have completed Chinese Foundational Reading Writing or any equivalent to these.

Main Objectives:

To further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in professional contexts
To enable students to live and work effectively in the native speaking countries
To achieve C1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

2 hours' language classes per week,

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

Timetable:

16:00-20:00, Wednesday, online

Core textbook

Reading Into a New China: Integrated Skills for Advanced Chinese. Duanduan Li and Irene Liu. Cheng & Tsui. 2016 (9781622911257)

Dictionary

  • New Age Chinese-English Dictionary. The Commercial Press, 2007 (ISBN:7-100-04345-X/H 1085)
  • Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary: English-Chinese, Chinese-English. The Commercial Press, 2003 (ISBN: 0-19-596458-6 0-19-596458-6 )

Course Description:

This module will focus on further developing communicative competence of Chinese to a higher level, improving fluency and accuracy in both oral and written performances. It will be offered to students who have already achieved intermediate reading and writing skills, e.g. those who have completed Chinese Foundational Literacy and Oracy or equivalent levels, or over a year of intensive study or work in the native speaking environment. The teaching will be based on textbooks as well as authentic materials from various media. It will also involve student presentation on certain chosen topics and group discussion. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese linguistic elements but also offers more insights into contemporary life in today's Chinese-speaking communities. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To further develop their oral fluency and accuracy in complex language tasks
  • To increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society
  • To understand longer texts on a wide range of subjects in the professional contexts
  • To produce clear and well-structured texts and persuasive essays on topical issues and complex topics

Syllabus:

Communicative functions and grammar contents based on the textbooks used.

Main Topics
  • education
  • employment
  • economics
  • popular culture
  • social changes
  • cultural traditions
Grammar/syntax/lexis
  • detached phrases
  • synonyms and their subtle difference
  • slang and colloquial expressions
  • set phrases and collocations