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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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)
Regular Written Exercises (textbook) 20%
Regular Grammar Exercises 20 %
Regular Character Writing Exercises 20%
3 short oral assignments (1 in semester 1; 2 in semester 2) 20%
End of year written assessment 20%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognise at least 350 Chinese characters, and read and understand simple texts in Chinese.
- recognise both the traditional and simplified forms of the Chinese writing system, and the pinyin phonetic alphabet.
- Write a short passage in Chinese characters.
- Make a short spoken presentation in Chinese, and answer simple questions.
- Use basic grammatical structures necessary to communicate in Chinese.
|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