SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG)

Module Code:
15PCHC012
Credits:
30
Taught in:
Full Year

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 formal texts, e.g. news items and reports
  2. knowledge and understanding of extensive Chinese vocabulary with some references to idioms and roots in classical Chinese
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of Chinese structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Chinese in relatively formal context as well as on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Chinese on everyday topics in the form of translation, summary, and written contribution to discussions
  6. the ability to understand spoken Chinese and to engage in spoken discourse on general topics and some formal exchanges
  7. the ability to deliver 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 module will be taught over 21 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week consisting of 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides an introduction to Chinese language with emphasis on practical written and spoken Chinese.  It covers some newspaper articles and internet texts. Communicative practice is established through interpreting facts, giving opinions, describing events, etc.

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

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); a 3000 character portfolio (translation, composition) to be submitted throughout the academic year to the module convenor (30%); one 15 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%). 

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