Foreign Languages Centre, Unit Catalogue 2010/11
FL10233: Mandarin Chinese stage 2 semester 2 (3 credits)
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|Description:||NB. Students wishing to take this unit should apply via the Foreign Languages Centre website from August onwards.|
The course aims to consolidate language already acquired, for example in Stage 2 Semester 1, and encourages students to broaden the range of factual and expressive language functions required to communicate in a variety of situations, to acquire confidence in selecting appropriate language to achieve a range of everyday tasks and to understand the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area and to introduce them to colloquial expressions and informal and formal styles in the written language.
On completion of the course students will be able to
* Sustain a reasonably fluent straightforward description on one of a variety of subjects within his or her field of interest, presenting it as a linear sequence of points.
* Describe experiences and events, their dreams, hopes and ambitions.
* Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
* Understand straightforward factual information about common everyday or job related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details, provided speech is clearly articulated in a generally familiar accent.
* Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, leisure and education, including short narratives.
* Read notes and messages using familiar Chinese characters
* Write straightforward connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, using Pinyin and some characters.
Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing in the target language - all assessed
Interpersonal skills, communication, team skills - facilitated
IT skills - facilitated
Intercultural skills - facilitated and taught
Autonomous learning - facilitated
Research and organisational skills - facilitated
Cognitive - taught.
The course continues to build on the skill base achieved through the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course continues to reproduce real-life scenarios and introduces topics which present and practise the language of reporting, narrating and expressing opinions on topics of personal relevance. It follows a graded programme of study. Previous learning is consolidated and additional grammatical structures, specific to the target language, are introduced, which include conjugation of verbs to express a conjecture, a hypothesis or an obligation.