Ch 401: Advanced Modern Chinese Language (Listening and Speaking)
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
- Taught in:
- Full Year
The module is designed on the one hand to develop and consolidate the receptive and productive skills of students through using sound channels and their analytical abilities, and on the other hand to further develop their Chinese linguistic and cultural knowledge. By setting up situations and providing opportunities to use the target language to communicate in class, students will develop their communicative competence through completing practical tasks, such as describing, narrating, discussing, giving presentations and debating (speaking skill), together with summarizing and discussing the contents in the target language after watching or listening to artificial and authentic programmes (listening skill).
At the end of the module, students should be able to express themselves orally on various subjects in various language situations using the appropriate vocabulary, correct grammar and accurate sentence patterns, with reasonable pronunciation, control of tones and speaking speed. They should also be able to understand the key meaning while watching and listening to programmes made for Chinese native speakers.
Completion of any language modules in Year 3 or equivalent.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Express themselves orally on various subjects in various language situations using appropriate vocabulary, correct grammar and accurate sentence patterns, with reasonable pronunciation, control of tones and speaking speed
- Understand the key meaning while watching and listening to programmes made for Chinese native speakers.
Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The main teaching topics of the syllabus cover various areas including: health, architecture, looking for jobs, medicine, international transportations, sports, modern Chinese and culture, history, taking exams, current news, and the environment.
Method of assessment
In class oral presentations of approximately 10 minutes each on selected topics at the end of term 1 and term 2 (40%); one speaking examination (10 minutes duration) and two listening examinations in term 2 and term 3 (1 hour each) (60%).
Readings and other materials related to listening and speaking skills (e.g. recordings) will be sourced from various textbooks, social media and online on the topics specified under the syllabus and will be provided to the students in class. The module convenor will also provide recordings (via Moodle or DVD).