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Undergraduate Course: Chinese 2A (ASST08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 course consists of 5 components:

1) New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. II and Vol. III (NPCR)
2) Listening
3) Reading & Composition
4) Grammar
5) Oral

New Practical Chinese Reader (NPCR, Books 2 and 3) tutorials
This class aims to help Students' language skills to achieve to intermediate level in a series of graded steps, covering grammar, vocabulary and day-to-day knowledge of life in China.

The class aims to build up skills in listening and speaking, while focussing on everyday life expression and paving a solid path to the Year Abroad in China/Taiwan.

Reading and Composition
The aim of this section of the course is to develop competence in reading original Chinese language works through simplified and traditional characters, and writing compositions in Chinese of up to 500 characters

The class content is to summarise and review grammatical structures from a broader view.

Oral tutorials
In class, students will be encouraged to engage in communication and practice their listening and speaking skills. Topics may vary depending on the interests of each tutorial group.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Chinese 1 (ASST08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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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.
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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 2 hours
Reading & Composition x 1 hour
Chinese for Year Abroad x 1 hour

KeywordsAS Chinese 2A,Chinese language,intermediate,simplified,traditional,grammar,writing,speaking
Course organiserMr Qiguo Cen
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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