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MANDARIN

> Level 1
MN 1001
MANDARIN CHINESE FOR BEGINNERS 1
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Fennell

Pre-requisite(s): None. 

Note(s): Please note, this course is designed for beginners in Chinese and is not available to native speakers.

This course aims to familiarize students with the basics of spoken and written forms of Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis will be placed first on speaking and listening, particularly pronunciation and tones. The written form will be presented first through the medium of pinyin and gradually students will be introduced to a small number of the highest frequency characters. The emphasis will be on dialogue and role play.

3 one-hour classes per week; 1 tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: Examination (40%);
Course Work - Language exercises (60%).

Resit: Examination (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Course work (60%).

2 formative assessments on different aspects of written Chinese language; plus 1 formative assessment of aural Chinese language, and 1 formative assessment of oral Chinese language.

The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also provided.

Additional informal feedback on performance is also given in both written language classes and oral/aural classes.

MN 1501
MANDARIN CHINESE FOR BEGINNERS 2
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Fennell

Pre-requisite(s): Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1.

Note(s): Please note, this course is designed for beginners in Chinese and is not available to native speakers.

Building on Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1 this course will continue to familiarize students with the basics of spoken and written forms of Mandarin Chinese. Emphasis will be placed first on speaking and listening, particularly pronunciation and tones, and on aural comprehension. While students will continue to learn through the medium of pinyin they will be introduced to more of the highest frequency characters. The emphasis will be on dialogue and role play. Grammatical exercises, drills and simple reading, translation and writing exercises will be introduced.

3 one-hour classes per week; 1 tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: Course work - language exercises (60%); Examination (40%).

Examination (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Course work (60%)

2 formative assessments of different aspects of written Chinese language: plus 1 formative assessment of aural Chinese language, and 1 formative assessment of oral Chinese language.

The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance is also given in both written language classes and oral/aural classes.

 

> Level 2
MN 2001
MANDARIN FOR BEGINNERS 3
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Fennell

Pre-requisite(s): MN 1001 and MN 1501 or by permission of the Head of School.

Note(s): Please note, this course is designed for beginners in Chinese and is not available to native speakers.

Building on work done in MN 1501, the course will further develop all four basic language skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of these skills.

1 weekly one-hour written language and grammar class; 1 weekly one-hour oral practice class; 1 weekly one-hour aural comprehension class; 1 weekly reading and writing class.

1st attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (75%) and 1 oral examination (25%). A satisfactory level of performance in coursework covering a range of linguistic skills will exempt candidates from the examination. (A CAS of 12 overall in the formative in-course assessments).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (75%) and 1 oral examination (25%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

3 formative assessments of different aspects of written Chinese language; plus 1 formative assessment of aural Chinese language; and 1 formative assessment of oral Chinese language.

The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance is also given in written language classes; oral classes; aural classes; and reading comprehension/composition classes.

MN 2501
MN 2510: MANDARIN FOR BEGINNERS 4
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Fennell

Pre-requisite(s): Normally MN 2001 or permission of Head of School.

Note(s): Please note, this course is designed for beginners in Chinese and is not available to native speakers.

Written and spoken Chinese.
Introduction to very basic cultural phenomena.
Reading passages.
Writing exercises.
Translation exercises.
Role play.
Dialogue.
Readings and discussions about Chinese culture.

3 language classes and 1 oral class per week.

1st Attempt: Coursework (60%), Examination (40%), Oral (10%), written (30%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Four written assessments, in weeks 3, 6, 8 and 11.

The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and workshop participation is also given.