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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: CHIL001 Module Title: CHINESE (MANDARIN) STAGE 1
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LCC101
Level: L Module Co-ordinator: LEFEVRE S Ms (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Both semesters, two hours per week
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Coursework (written and oral tasks)
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
Modules in the Global Graduate Awards programme cover the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. They also offer an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aim to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communications in the target countries, and for work or study periods abroad.
No previous knowledge of Chinese required
Module Aims

By the end of the module students will be able to:
• understand the gist and detail of language spoken at basic level
• communicate and respond confidently to simple information orally
• understand the gist and detail of written language at a basic level
• write simple messages

Learning Outcomes
Linguistic and intercultural competence:
Students are equipped with the linguistic means to communicate successfully in the target language. Students achieve a high level of accuracy and fluency at a given level of proficiency and are able to
• understand and evaluate information
• present information
• communicate using appropriate registers
• produce texts at varying levels of formality

Students are encouraged to
• take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
• analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
• reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
• become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
• communicate with others using their ways of expression, both verbally and non-verbally

Study skills and transfer of skills and competencies:
The acquisition of language learning strategies and techniques is an integral part of GGA modules. Learning strategies also aim to support independent learning and to facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages.

Students are encouraged to self-assess their progress and to map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Languages.

The development of independent learning strategies, research skills and transferable skills is supported by the use of learning technology.
Module Content

Topic areas
• social introductions
• day and time
• shopping
• coming and going/visits/welcoming a guest
• existence of people and things
• place/location
• everyday life
• telephone 

• the Pinyin (phonetic system) and tones
• pronouns: he, she, it, this, that
• verb: shi (is, am, are, were, was)
• particles: ma, ba, ne
• possessive
• adverbs and their position in a sentence
• negatives: bu (no), meiyou (have not or had not)
• tense, present, past, in a process, future
• question words
• most common used verbs
• sentence structure

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Emphasis is placed on training in listening and speaking by means of group work, such as role play, and presentation in the language. Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible, and material drawn from a variety of sources, including audio and video tapes, CDs and DVDs, will be exploited. Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.
Selected Texts/Journals

Chinese in three months (Hugo)

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