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Undergraduate Course: Chinese 2C (ASST08050)

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
SummaryThis course is aimed at students who began their studies at Edinburgh with prior knowledge of Chinese language and provides further intensive language work during the second year. As a continuation of Chinese 2A, this course aims to develop students' language competence in Chinese to upper intermediate level and to enable them to understand and use a fairly wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures in dealing with various topics orally and in writing from everyday life to specific topics that students are interested in. The course will also further students' autonomous learning skills and help them prepare for their year-abroad studies in the third year.

Students not taking Chinese honours who wish to take this course will be required to sit a Chinese language test during Welcome Week.
Course description Students will spend the bulk of the class time studying language, with grammar and oral classes. In addition they will read a range of modern literary texts. The Project aims to develop the Chinese language skills of intermediate students through fieldwork in the Chinese communities (salons, supermarkets, religious sites, etc.) in Edinburgh. Students will be expected to go into the field and engage with speakers of Chinese. This exercise will facilitate understandings of how Chinese communities function and also allow students to build on their existing knowledge of Chinese. Students will be expected to keep a journal of field notes as well as engage with ethnographic and other academic literature relevant to their project. Students will also be required to reflect on their experiences and present their findings to the class towards the end. Training for the project will be given before students enter the field.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chinese 2A (ASST08018)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesTo have a level of Chinese equivalent to a pass in Chinese 2A. Students will be required to sit a Chinese language test during Welcome Week.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 132, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 255 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam in December diet (20%)
Exam in April/May diet (40%)
Essay in Semester 1 (10%)
Essay in Semester 2 (10%)
Oral Presentation and fieldwork journal (20%)
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 S1 (December)2:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. apply intermediate grammar skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  2. complete oral communicative tasks ranging from everyday life conversations to those related to students┐ specific cultural and academic interests
  3. read and understand medium-length essays, fiction and newspaper articles in both simplified and traditional Chinese characters to an intermediate level
  4. complete writing exercises such as summaries, expository essays, narratives and argumentative essays
  5. demonstrate autonomous learning skills and be able to direct self-studies efficiently.
Reading List
New Practical Chinese Reader Books 3 and 4.
Blommaert, Jan and Dong Jie, Ethnographic Fieldwork: a beginner's guide, Bristol: Buffalo, 2010.
Kumar, Ranjit, Research Methodology: a step-by-step guide for beginners (Third Edition), Los Angeles: SAGE, 2011.
Lau, Joseph S.M. and Howard Goldblatt, eds., The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature, New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Essay writing, Critical thinking. Oral presentation Autonomous learning and project design Ethnographic fieldwork skills: participant observation and interviewing skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Christopher Rosenmeier
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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