SOAS University of London

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

Ch400: Advanced Chinese (PG)

Module Code:
15PCHH049
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
7
Taught in:
Term 1

This module aims to develop and consolidate students' advanced Chinese language knowledge and skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. It also aims to allow students to develop advanced mediation skills both from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English. The focus is on developing advanced transferable skills around language and communication that can be used in society and will increase students' employability.

The module content focuses on current issues in the Chinese-speaking region, including social, political and environmental, and places them in a global context. Students will be encouraged to develop their critical reading and thinking skills, as well as advanced cross-linguistic and cross-cultural mediation skills, through reading comprehension, summarisation, discussion and academic writing in Chinese.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  1. read and understand authentic Chinese materials, including newspaper articles, research articles, white papers, and statistical data with the help of dictionaries
  2. express themselves cogently and coherently in Chinese, both orally and in writing
  3. apply their knowledge and skills of Chinese, such as structures and registers, more naturally and appropriately
  4. demonstrate broad knowledge and critical understanding of the cultures and societies of the Chinese-speaking region
  5. further develop their mediation skills from English to Chinese, and from Chinese to English

Workload

Total taught hours: 30 hours. 3 hours of seminars per week.

Independent study: 120 hours

Total hours for module: 150 hours

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus content will vary from year to year, depending on which national and global issues are currently topical.

Method of assessment

Two-hour examination in May/June (50%)

Homework (30%)

Oral presentation 8 - 10 mins (20%)

Disclaimer

Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules