SOAS University of London

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

Advanced Modern Chinese Language: Listening and Speaking

Module Code:
15PCHH025
Credits:
15
Year of study:
Any
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 analylitical 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 artifical 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 pronounciation, 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.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. 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.
  2. understand the key meaning while watching and listening to programmes made for Chinese native speakers.

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour lecture.

Scope and syllabus

The main teaching topics of the syllabus include: health, architecture, looking for jobs, Chinese medicine, international transportations, current news and the environment.

Method of assessment

In class oral presentations, one in term 1 and one in term 2 (30%); written commentary of approximately 1000 Chinese characters (discussion and analysis) based on a 15-minutes oral presentation on an agreed topic to be submitted on day 4, week 1, term 3 (30%).

Suggested reading

Readings and other materials related to listening and speaking skills (e.g. recordings) will be sourced from various textbooks on the topics specified under the syllabus and will be provided to the students through Moodle. The  convenor will also provide their own recordings (via Moodle).

Disclaimer

Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules