SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese)

Module Code:
155901249
Credits:
30
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

This module introduces spoken elementary Hokkien, also known as Minnanyu or Taiwanese.

Prerequisites

At least one year of intensive Mandarin Chinese. The module is intended primarily for students with a good grasp of Mandarin grammar and pronunciation, and a reading ability of a minimum of 300 characters.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, the student should be able to hold a simple conversation in Hokkien and function adequately in standard social situations requiring the use of Hokkien.

Workload

Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One essay (2,500 words) 20% to be submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3; a mid-year oral (10 mins) held in week 2, term 2, 30%; a final oral (20 mins) held in week 3, term 3, 50%.

Language lifeboat

Year 1 students who are in danger of failing a language open option can be permitted to discontinue the module from the end of term 1 and enroll instead on an essay-based 'Studies' module. Students must have attended 80% of the open option classes to be eligible. The Studies module will be assessed by two 2500 word essays.

Suggested reading

  • Klöter, Henning: Written Taiwanese. Leiden: Universiteit Leiden, 2003. 
  • Li, Charles N., Sandra A. Thompson: Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1989. 
  • Lin, Shuang-fu: A Grammar of Disjunctive Questions in Taiwanese. Taipei: Student Book Co., 1975 
  • Ramsey, S. Robert: The Languages of China. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1987. 
  • Norman, Jerry: Chinese. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988. 
  • Weingartner, Frederic F.: Tones in Taiwanese. Taipei: Ching Hua Press, 1970.

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