SOAS University of London

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

Ch 501: Directed Readings in Advanced Modern Chinese Language

Module Code:
155903003
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
6
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year

This module is based on a tailor-made set of reading materials approved by the supervising tutor taking into account the students' personal interests and the specific linguistic skills they wish to develop. It is specifically designed for those final year students who have completed all available 400-level Chinese language modules in their pre-final years. Candidates will therefore need to be assessed prior to registering for this module. It will provide students with an opportunity to improve their overall reading, writing, and speaking skills through extensive reading on topics of interest and regular meetings with the supervising tutor.

Prerequisites

155901229:  Chinese 401: Advanced Modern Chinese Language

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to: 

  • reach C1 language proficiency
  • read extensively under the tutor's guidance
  • deploy advanced language skills
  • produce advanced-level written work in both Chinese and English

Workload

A maximum of ten hours’ supervision over the academic year.

Scope and syllabus

Reading and translation of selected Chinese literary works, newspaper articles, essays in business, finance, law, politics and other topics of interest. The mix of materials and the order in which they fall will vary from year to year according to pedagogical needs and individual students' interests. Topics can include current affairs, environmental issues, economics, politics, culture, literature, media, and others.

Method of assessment

An assignment in Chinese of 800-1000 Chinese characters to be submitted on day 1, week 6, term 1 (25%).  An assignment in English of 2500 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (25%).  An assignment in Chinese of 1000-1200 Chinese characters to be submitted on day 1, week 6, term 2 (25%).  An assignment in English of 2500 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (25%).

Suggested reading

Readings will be agreed by the student and the tutor on an individual basis according to the student's interests. These will be provided by the tutor and may include selected Chinese literary works, newspaper articles, essays in business, finance, law, politics, culture, media, and others.

Disclaimer

Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules