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Undergraduate Course: Chinese 2A (ASST08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAs continuation of Chinese 1, the key aim of this course is to develop students' communicative competence in Chinese to intermediate level and to enable them to understand and use Chinese grammar in everyday conversations, read contemporary literary and journalistic texts without excessive use of the dictionary (in both simplified and traditional characters) and write simple letters and essays. The course will also help students prepare for their Year Abroad in China/Taiwan.
Please note this course is not available to native or near-native speakers of Chinese.
Course description The number of weekly contact teaching hours is 7. The course consists of 3 components:
1) New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. II and Vol. III (NPCR)
2) Newspaper Clippings & Composition and Idiomatic expressions
3) Oral tutorials

1. New Practical Chinese Reader (NPCR) tutorials
In small classes, students' language skills will be taken up to intermediate level in a series of graded steps, covering grammar, vocabulary and day-to-day knowledge of life in China. Students will be expected to work on their own and in groups on a selection of different exercises adapted to a variety of learning styles. Regular feedback will be provided.

2. Idiomatic Expressions
Authentic materials are selected and adapted to Chinese 2A language level, with the aim to build up students' skills in listening and speaking, while focusing on idiomatic expressions and paving a solid path leading to their Year Abroad in China/Taiwan.

3. Newspaper Clipping & Composition
22 contact class hours aim to develop students' competence in reading original Chinese language works (in simplified and traditional characters) to write compositions of up to 300 characters in simplified Chinese and to translate from English language works into Chinese of up to 300 characters. Students will get an opportunity to enlarge their vocabulary and enhance their understanding of the context of the Chinese language. Course material is selected and adapted to expand students' knowledge of Chinese language and culture and to develop students' language skills in reading, writing and translation.

4. Oral tutorials
In small groups, students will be encouraged to engage in communication and practise their listening and speaking skills. Common themes include: cultural comparison, university campus life, festivals and food, holiday and travel, and lifestyle.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Chinese 1 (ASST08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 66, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 257 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous assessment 50%; Degree examination 50%

Continuous Assessment:
Semester 1 Examination: 20% (December Exam Diet)
Semester 1 Oral Exam: 5% (December Exam Diet)
Semester 2 Oral Exam: 10% (April/May Exam Diet)
In-course assignments: 15%

Degree Examination (April/May Exam Diet)
Feedback Feedback will be offered regularly as part of learning process where appropriate, e.g. after an assignment or an assessment. Students are also encouraged to reflect upon their own learning, and make their own list of action points after each feedback session.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and understand short essays, fiction and select newspaper articles in simplified and traditional Chinese character forms to an intermediate level.
  2. Write summaries, essays and letters.
  3. Express their views and opinions on varied topics by participating in listening and speaking activities.
  4. Relate their knowledge to everyday contexts, using their skills to deal with straightforward tasks with some non-routine elements, and to prepare for familiar and routine tasks.
  5. Understand how Chinese grammar works and be able to apply these skills in reading and writing at intermediate level.
Learning Resources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to relate their knowledge of Chinese to everyday contexts, to use their skills and deal with straightforward tasks with some non-routine elements and to prepare for familiar and routine tasks.
Additional Class Delivery Information Students will have 7 class contact hours per week. They include:
NPCR tutorials (New Practical Chinese Reader, Books 2 and 3) x 3 hours
Oral tutorial x 1 hour
Newspaper clippings & Composition x 1 hour
Idiomatic Expressions x 1 hour
Grammar x 1 hour

KeywordsAS Chinese 2A,Chinese language,intermediate,simplified,traditional,grammar,writing,speaking
Course organiserMrs Min Yue
Tel: (0131 6)50 4231
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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