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Unit information: Beginners Mandarin Chinese in 2020/21

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Unit name Beginners Mandarin Chinese
Unit code UWLP10013
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Foster
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

Students will normally be expected to have obtained the minimum of a GCSE grade C or above in at least one other foreign language

Co-requisites

none

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit provides a general introduction to the target language. It is intended:

  • To provide students with a solid foundation of the essential structures of the target language thus enabling them to communicate effectively across the four key language skills at an elementary level on a variety of general topics
  • To enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations
  • To introduce students to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language
  • To enable students to apply their developing language skills into areas related to their field of study

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  1. be able to communicate orally and in writing with a reasonable degree of accuracy and fluency.
  2. be able to work at a basic level with authentic material and retrieve necessary information.
  3. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language
  4. Be able to understand and interpret written texts at a basic level
  5. Be able to respond to written texts at a basic level

Overall, students will attain a level comparable with key elements of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 1

Teaching details

This unit will be taught online only in 2021-22. Learners will be involved in a variety of synchronous activities, mostly interactive with maximum use of the target language, but with attention devoted also to explaining the fundamentals of the target language’s structures. These activities will be supported and amplified by asynchronous e-learning opportunities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

  • Examination which includes Reading, Writing and Listening – 75% - assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5*In-class presentation / speaking exercise to assess oral – 25% - assesses ILOs 1, 2 and 3

Reading and References

A course book clearly identified by the Director of Foreign Language Teaching as suitable for this level. Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.

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