Chinese Language I

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chinese Language I

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Chinese

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The aims of this course is to introduce students to Chinese language studies. It is primarily designed to train students in conversational Mandarin, but will involve other aspects of the language, such as vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading and writing. Students will be encouraged to draw on ideas they have been taught in other subjects. By the end of the course, they will develop the basic requirements for daily communication in Mandarin.
    Learning Outcomes:
    - Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and communicate orally and in writing in elementary Mandarin.
    - Recognize and distinguish the various uses of Chinese Mandarin in different language contexts.
    - Pacific Consciousness: understand the language and cultural perspectives and practices of Chinese Mandarin in the multilingual Pacific region.
    - Communication: express, through oral and written modes ideas with clarity.
    - Teamwork: acquisition of relevant skills for working in groups.
    - Obtain Chinese proficiency skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing; make significant gains in the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar.
    - Understand and correctly use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures in daily conversational dialogue.
    - Demonstrate the ability to use the language with clarity in discussion, pair work and presentation.
    - Understand the nature of languages and the process of total language learning, including the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components.
    - Identify and analyse the Chinese language phenomenon from the cultural view, and compare the cultural differences between the Pacific countries and China.
    Textbook:
    Jiang, Liping (Eds.).(2006). Experiencing Chinese Elementary Course (Vol.1). 1st Edition. Beijing: Higher Education Press. (9787040203134)
    Assessment:
    Weekly assignments: 20%
    Mid-term test: 10%
    Short essay: 10%
    Presentation: 10%
    Final exam: 50%

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