Undergraduate Course: Chinese 1 (ASST08001)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course enables students to acquire a firm foundation in modern spoken (Mandarin) and written Chinese through interactive class work, tutorials and oral tutorial practice. Throughout the course, language learning is placed in the cultural context of the Chinese speaking world today.
This course will introduce beginners or near-beginners to the skills necessary for basic competence in Mandarin Chinese.
In it, you will be introduced the four basic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, with particular emphasis on the parts of the Chinese language that non-native speakers tend to find challenging, such as Chinese characters. The main textbook will be New Practical Chinese Reader, volumes 1 and 2, but teachers will supplement this with their own material when required.
Native or near-native speakers of Chinese are not allowed on this course.
Students with substantial prior knowledge of Chinese should consult the Course Organiser, who may direct them to courses better suited to their abilities.
This course is aimed primarily at students intending Honours, and requires considerable commitment in terms of both class time and private study. Students wishing to learn Chinese as an outside course should consider Introductory Chinese 1, and its follow-up course Introductory Chinese 2.
This course is taught in larger groups of about 40 for the core classes. You will also have separate oral tutorials of around 20, where you can practice speaking using the concepts learned in other classes; and writing tutorials, where you can practice your handwriting and written composition skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 87,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Continuous assessment 35%. This is made up of weekly assignments, 1 oral exam, and 2 class written exams (one per semester).
Degree exams 65%. This is made up of 1 oral exam (15%) and 1 written paper (50%).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- READING: to read simple texts in Chinese characters, and understand how Chinese characters are formed;
- WRITING: to write Chinese characters correctly, and convey their ideas in coherent sentences or short paragraphs of basic Chinese;
- SPEAKING & LISTENING: to hold simple conversations in Chinese on a variety of topics. They will understand the pinyin phonetic script, and the rules of Chinese pronunciation (including the four tones).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||4 one-hour lectures, 2 one-hour oral tutorials, 1 one-hour character writing tutorial.
|Keywords||AS Chinese 1
|Course organiser||Ms Esther Tyldesley
Tel: (0131 6)50 4225
|Course secretary||Mrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528