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Foreign Languages Centre, Unit Catalogue 2008/09

FL10232 Mandarin Chinese stage 2 semester 1 (3 credits)

Credits: 3
Level: Certificate
Semester: 1
Assessment: CW 100%
Aims: The course aims to further encourage 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 introduce them to some colloquial expressions. The course aims to extend the students' passive knowledge of Chinese characters. The course aims to increase students' awareness of cultural information and social conventions in countries where the target language is spoken.
Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course, students are able to
* Enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life.
* Give detailed information on personal experiences
* Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
* Understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters
* Understand text that consists of familiar Chinese characters
* Write short connected text, using Pinyin and some characters, on topics that are familiar or of personal interest using basic structures accurately.
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, for example in the two Stage 1 units, through the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course reproduces real-life scenarios and encourages the spontaneous use of language when talking about family, hobbies, work, travel and recent personal events. It follows a graded programme of study. Previous learning is consolidated and additional linguistic structures and phrases are introduced and practised enabling students to link a series of discrete elements into a linear sequence.