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Chinese for Beginners 1

Chinese for Beginners 1

Code: CHI1HA001
Scope: 3 ECTS (78 h)
Timing: To be announced later
Language: English/Chinese
Level: Language studies
Type: Free elective*

Learning objectives
Upon successful completion of the course, the students should be able to
• know how to distinguish and pronounce the five tones in Mandarin Chinese
• get familiar with the Pinyin transliteration system
• can have a short small talk with a Chinese-speaking person
• get familiar with basic Chinese grammar
• learn the basics of reading and memorizing the most common Chinese characters

Contents
• The consonants and vowels of the Pinyin transliteration system
• Vocabulary and sentence types from everyday conversation
• Vocabulary and phrases from the hospitality industry
• Know how introduce oneself by states one’s name, nationality, and language skills, etc.
• Culture elements will be introduced during the contact hours

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Assessment
The course is evaluated on a scale excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), satisfactory (2), fair (1), fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on a scale 1 - 3 - 5.

Course assignment (homework)

Grade 1
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.

Grade 3
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.

Grade 5
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.

Working life connections

Internationality

Learning methods
The learning goals of this course can be reached in the following ways:
• Interactive classroom activities
• Individual and pair work
• Internet learning

Assessing one´s own learning is a compulsory part of the course.

Course materials
• BBC Real Chinese/Kiinaa matkailijoille, Finnlectura (lessons 1-3)
• Gu Feng 2009: Mandarin Teaching Toolbox, Volume 1, Confucius Institute at BCIT
• Gao Mingming & Cen Yuzhen 2012: Learning Chinese overseas

Teacher responsible
Hai Guo