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Chinese for Beginners 2

Chinese for Beginners 2

(中级汉语) 

Code: CHI8LE220 
Scope: 5 ECTS 
Timing: 2nd semester  
Language: English/Chinese 
Curriculum: Mubba 2016  
Course level: Basic Studies/Free-choice Studies 
Course type: Elective*

*but required of students who have chosen compulsory Chinese 

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Starting level: A1.1 
Chinese for Beginners 1, or one semester of beginning level Chinese

Contents

  • consonants and vowels of the Pinyin system
  • telling the time, hobbies and everyday routines
  • telling about one's family
  • survival level language skills in everyday life situations in a tee house, café, bar, restaurant, shop, etc.
  • survival level language skills in traveling situations such as buying train and plane tickets, asking for directions, etc.
  • grammar rules for creating different types of sentences
  • different kinds of question sentences and their answers

Learning methods

Interactive classroom activities 
Individual and pair work 
Internet learning 50%

Alternative ways to complete the course:
Not attending the contact hours but doing the assignments and taking the final exam.

Learning outcomes and assessment

Target level: A1.2

Students

  • master all the elements of Pinyin transliteration system
  • become proficient in the five tones
  • learn diversified vocabularies and grammar skills in spoken language expressions for everyday situations
  • master the basics of reading and writing Chinese characters

Assessment components and their respective weights:
Final examination: 100%

Passed courses are assessed on a scale of 1 to 5. The assessment criteria are presented for grades 1 - 3 - 5.

Grade 5 (Excellent)

Grade 3 (Good)

Grade 1 (Satisfactory)

The student:

  • is able to understand simple oral and written messages and transmit them successfully to the recipient. Speaking and writing skills are excellent as far as constructions and/or pronunciation is concerned.

  • knows how to apply the learned skills in practice on simple constructions in new situations.

The student:

  • is often able to understand simple oral and written messages and transmit them to the recipient. Speaking and writing skills are good as far as constructions and/or pronunciation is concerned.

  • has readiness to apply the learned skills in practice on simple constructions in new situations.

The student:

  • has limited capability to understand simple oral and written messages and transmit them to the recipient. Speaking and writing skills are passable as far as constructions and/or pronunciation is concerned.

  • is able to recognize simple constructions and frequently used expressions in different situations.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

A student can demonstrate his or her equivalent language skills relating to the course objectives and content. This must be agreed upon with the teacher no later than two weeks before the course begins. Each student may attempt this only once in the period prior to the giving of the course. Evaluation is on a scale of 1-5.

Course teacher

Hai Guo

Learning materials

Hai Guo & YLE 2009: BBC Real Chinese/Kiinaa matkailijoille, Finnlectura (lesson 5-10)  
Gu Feng 2009: Mandarin Teaching Toolbox, Volume 2, Confucius Institute at BCIT