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Undergraduate Course: Chinese 4 (ASST08080)

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) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is designed for students who began their studies at Edinburgh with prior knowledge of the Chinese language, offering further intensive language learning for their second year. The aim is to enhance and consolidate students' language competence in Chinese at an upper-intermediate level, enabling them to understand and use a fairly wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures in dealing with various topics, both orally and in writing. Students will develop an awareness of distinguishing the nuances and registers of the Chinese language, and cultivate the ability to use both formal and informal expressions for communicative purposes.
Course description The course consists of 5 components:

1) New Practical Chinese Reader
2) Translation to Chinese
3) Reading & Composition
4) Oral Tutorial 1
5) Oral Tutorial 2

NPCR textbook tutorials

Students will enhance their understanding of Chinese grammar and language skills through intensive reading using NPCR textbooks and workbooks. Additionally, students are expected to read and recognise traditional Chinese characters alongside their simplified forms. A substantial amount of self-study is anticipated.

Translation to Chinese

In the translation section, students will read and translate selected texts from the textbook, focusing on translation from English to Chinese across a wide range of topics.

Reading and Composition

In this section, students will concentrate on advancing their academic and professional writing skills by conducting a series of initial academic research projects in Chinese. Students will extensively read primary sources to develop a concept of how to conduct research through the medium of the Chinese language

Oral tutorials

In small groups, students will enhance their communication skills and practice their listening and speaking for various purposes at upper intermediate level.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chinese 3 (ASST08078)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 126, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 266 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous Assessment (60%): «br /»
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Composition 1 (10%) «br /»
Composition 2 (10%) «br /»
2 x Oral Test (20%)«br /»
Examination Semester 1 (20%) «br /»
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Degree Examination (40%): «br /»
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Examination Semester 2 (40%)
Feedback Feedback will be offered regularly as part of learning process where appropriate, e.g. after an assignment or an assessment. Students will expect to receive their feedback and mark in three working weeks after the submission. Students are further encouraged to take ownership of their learning journey by reflecting on their progress independently and devising their own list of action points following each feedback session.

Composition: Mark and feedback will be available on Learn and EUCLID.

Semester 1 Examination: Mark will be available via EUCLID. Viewing the exam paper will be available during specific weeks in the semester.

Semester 2 Examination: Mark will be available via EUCLID. Viewing the exam paper will be available during specific weeks in the semester.

Oral Tests: In-person test, recorded for internal and external assessments. Mark will be available via EUCLID. Feedback and audio record will be sent to your university email account upon your request.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Semester 1 Written Exam2:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Semester 2 Written Exam3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Confidently employ a variety of upper-intermediate grammatical structures in both spoken and written Chinese.
  2. Employ a wide range of vocabulary on topics related to contemporary and modern society, tradition, and culture.
  3. Analysis and identify the contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics and develop them to academic essays.
  4. Distinguish and compare cross-cultural differences, problems, and solutions.
  5. Discuss and present information with relative fluency and spontaneity in oral Chinese, suitable for both casual and formal purposes with native Chinese speakers.
Reading List
Essential reading:

Liu, X. (2010) New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume 4, 2nd Edition. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Liu, X. (2010) New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume 4 Workbook, 2nd Edition. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Liu, X. (2012) New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume 5, 2nd Edition. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

Liu, X. (2012) New Practical Chinese Reader, Volume 5 Workbook, 2nd Edition. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to comprehend the structure and grammar of modern Chinese language at an upper-intermediate level.

The ability to apply translation skills in the English-to-Chinese translation field.

The ability to effectively communicate complex information to diverse audiences for various purposes.

The ability to conduct primary research within defined areas of work and summarise academic works in the Chinese language.

The ability to adapt routine practices and self-direct one's learning in the subject of foreign language learning.

The ability to take managerial responsibility and work in a group with an awareness of cross-cultural issues and ethical codes or practices.
KeywordsUpper intermediate Chinese,Upper intermediate Mandarin,Chinese Language,Intensive Language Course
Course organiserDr Duo Luan
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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