Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Chinese Language 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is suitable for people who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It is designed for beginners to develop and reinforce language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations. Pinyin as a pronunciation tool will be taught during the class.

The Chinese sentence structure, grammar and commonly used Chinese Characters (the simplified Chinese characters) will be introduced in the course of this unit. Essential vocabulary and conversations frequently encountered in everyday life will also be provided through typical everyday scenarios. Learners will also acquire essential skills in using Chinese and be ready to go on to the next level.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To familiarise students with the Chinese phonetic system (initials, finals and tones) with satisfactory pronunciation.
- To provide students with the practical knowledge and skills to recognise and reproduce a number of Chinese character.
- To introduce basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures.
- To enable students to understand modern Chinese related to topics of everyday life.
- To provide students with the essential skills to read and comprehend very short passages in elementary Chinese.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Master Pinyin, the Chinese phonetic system;
- Recognize and write up to 200 Chinese characters;
- Develop a vocabulary of about 200 words and frequently used phrases;
- Master the basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures;
- Understand simple Chinese etiquette and customs related to the course content;
- Achieve the level of HSK-1.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Make a close reading of texts;
- Develop a greater attention to detail;
- Learn to dialogue better;
- Appreciate better other cultures.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Liu, Xun. A New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. 1 (textbook & workbook). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2010.

Supplementary Readings:

Zhai Xun et al. Step by Step: Intensive Chinese Elementary, Volumes 1 & 2, Beijing: Sinolingua Press, 2007.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 No 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

Shaojuan Wan

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