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MN1001: MANDARIN CHINESE FOR BEGINNERS 1 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

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.  It covers a good deal of ground in the four class hours a week, and requires considerable effort and self-study to consolidate new vocabulary, grammar and Chinese characters (hànzì).   

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
Co-ordinators
  • Mrs Fen Glover

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

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.

Further Information & Notes

Please note, this course is designed for beginners in Chinese and is not available to native speakers.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

60 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt
  • Two homework exercises (10% each)
  • Listening exercise (10%)
  • Examination (60%)
  • Attendance and participation (10%)
Resit
  • Examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

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

Feedback

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

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