Chinese 101: Elementary Modern Chinese Language I
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 1
- Taught in:
- Full Year
This course is designed for ab initio learners as well as for beginners up to the GCSE Chinese (i.e. approx. 500 characters) level.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student (ab initio beginner) should achieve a working knowledge of 800-900 characters and of basic grammar and sentence patterns. Advanced beginners should have a working knowledge of 1200 characters. All students should be familiar with and be able to read those characters in both writing systems (traditional and simplified).
Total 22 weeks of teaching with 7 hours of class contact per week
Scope and syllabus
There are grammar introductory classes, tutorials, drill and conversation classes. The written language is first studied in the traditional full form characters, simplified forms being phased in during the second term.
Method of assessment
One three-hour written examination (70%) taken in May/June, two mid-term tests (5% each) and two end of term tests (5% each) total (20%) and homework (10%).
- Colloquial Chinese P C T’ung and D E Pollard (Routledge 1982)