2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
EAST2016 Chinese 2B
20 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Ying Peng
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents who fail Chinese 2A may continue to Chinese 2B, but they cannot proceed to Level 3 until they have passed both Chinese 2A and 2B.
This module is mutually exclusive with
Module replacesEAST2012 and EAST2022
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is a comprehensive course of upper-intermediate language skills, which aims to improve students' practical language skills through intensive and extensive readings, writings, translation/interpretation between Chinese and English, listening comprehension and interpersonal communication. Topics covered may include literature, business, tourism, education, Taiwan and other cultural issues.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should have developed an enlarged range of vocabulary, idioms and collocations and be able to use them appropriately in different contexts; to read and understand original modern Chinese texts of various styles; to translate and interpret between English and Chinese; to understand normal spoken Chinese; and to use Chinese more accurately and naturally in spoken or written communication.
Building on Semester 1, at the end of this module students will:
1. Have significantly expanded their vocabulary, idioms and collocations;
2. Be better equipped to read and comprehend various discourses written in Chinese especially literary texts;
3. Be able to express themselves with more accuracy and confidence either in a written or spoken form;
4. Translate and interpret materials of intermediate level between Chinese and English;
5. Have a deeper understanding of the Chinese society or culture;
Translation and interpretation skills
Teaching and learning in this module will cover the following points:
Intensive reading which focuses on expanding vocabulary and idioms, improving knowledge and use of collocation and syntax, and developing reading and writing skills which are crucial to students’ academic or research work and future career
Extensive reading of literary materials which cover a number of short stories and essays by well-known modern Chinese writers
Listening and speaking covering a broader range of topics including culture, business, tourism, etc. Tailor-made and authentic audio or video materials will be used. Speaking skills are to be developed through presentations, discussion, role plays and debates. Oral interpretation is carried out bilaterally between English and Chinese.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||11.00|
|Private study hours||123.00|
|Total Contact hours||66.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPreviewing reading materials in advance to understand the gist of them;
Preparing oral presentations and interpreting tasks;
Completing translation, grammar or writing exercises in order to participate in class discussion;
Making use of online learning materials to improve vocabulary and reading skills;
Revising after class.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWeekly self-assessed homework (using model answers).
Weekly practical classes giving opportunities for students to ask questions and for teaching staff to give oral feedback.
Weekly speaking classes giving students opportunities to interpret or make oral presentations in a small group. Their performance will be monitored and comments provided by teachers and fellow students.
Twice a semester their translation or writing work will be handed in and checked by teaching staff. Written feedback will be given.
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||70.00|
|Practical Exam / OSCE||0 hr 20 mins||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 04/05/2021
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