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Foreign Languages Centre, Unit Catalogue 2008/09

FL10264 Mandarin Chinese for Cantonese speakers (semester 1)

Credits: 3
Level: Certificate
Semester: 1
Assessment: CW 100%
Aims: The course aims to introduce Cantonese speakers, who are complete Beginners in spoken Mandarin and who are familiar with approximately 800 characters, to PinYin in order to learn and improve listening and speaking skills without interference from Cantonese. By introducing simplified characters the course aims to give students increasing confidence in accessing a range of written material. It aims to enable students to operate in the sphere of business.
Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course students will be able to:
* Interact with some degree of fluency and spontaneity in a variety of contexts, including business situations.
* Give a prepared straightforward presentation on a topic of personal interest or of general or cultural relevance.
* Take follow up questions and ask for clarification or repetition if necessary.
* Understand the gist of authentic audio material, such as news broadcasts and advertisements.
* Understand authentic texts on familiar topics without dependence on a dictionary.
* Express ideas and opinions and relate experiences in connected speech.
Speaking, Reading, Listening 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.
Intensive language work with emphasis on aural comprehension and oral communication. It also teaches simplified characters and grammatical structures. Reading a variety of general knowledge, cultural and business related texts provides a basis for discussions in Mandarin. In discussions, students learn to express and dispute opinions and are encouraged to use spontaneous responses.