SOAS University of London

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

Chinese 2 (PG)

Module Code:
15PCHC011
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
7
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

The module provides students with a basic knowledge of Chinese and practice of using Chinese in a variety of everyday situations. It allows students to interact with Chinese speakers in Chinese.

Prerequisites

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate . . .

  1. knowledge and understanding of most of basic Chinese grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of more essential Chinese vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Chinese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics
  6. the ability to understand spoken Chinese and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  7. the ability to deliver short prepared verbal presentation on topics of general interest
  8. knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Chinese in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)     

Workload

This course will be taught over 20 weeks with 3 hours classroom contact per week consisting of 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial. 

Scope and syllabus

The module provides an introduction to Chinese language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Chinese. It covers phonetics and phonology (with special attention paid to tones), characters (including aspects of origin, structures, radicals, etc.). Communicative practice is established through learning language around dialogues dealing with a range of everyday situations, including travelling, making comparisons, etc.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); a language learning portfolio of 1500 characters consisting of a set of marked homework, short in- class tests, translation projects to be submitted throughout the year to the module convenor (30%); ); one 10 minute oral examination (10%); regular coursework (10%) a test at the end of term 1 (5%); a test at the end of term 2 (5%).

Suggested reading

P C T’ung and D E Pollard: Colloquial Chinese, lessons 9-14 (simplified version) plus supplementary texts or a companion workbook.

Disclaimer

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