The course will be delivered in Chinese and. English will be used only if necessary or requested by students in particular situations or grammar explanations. Students are expected to use the target language as a means of communication in the classroom. Each lesson will aim to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to deepen knowledge and understanding of the grammar and lexis of the Chinese language. Cultural aspects of the language that can help or hinder interaction with native speakers of Chinese will be explored.
In this module students will engage in a variety of activities and assignments such as:
- Communication and practice using vocabulary and grammar learned in oral and written modes
Reading activities and exercises
Writing activities ranging from short paragraphs to compositions
Integration of skills in tasks and activities, both in small groups and as a class
Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to practise the four skills outside the classroom. They will be expected to take advantage of the learning resources available in the LES to practise, revise and consolidate their learning of the Chinese language.
The module will consist of two contact hours per week.
A minimum of 2-3 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to Chinese outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.
Seminar - A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project - (20%)
Independent Study - might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc - (80%)