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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST2012 Chinese 2A: Grammar and Readings

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Ying Peng

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

Year abroad Chinese or equivalent


EAST2022Chinese 2B: Media and Communication

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST2013Chinese 2C: Grammar and Readings

Module replaces

EAST2010 Chinese Language: Theory and Practice (2A), EAST2020 Chinese Language: Theory and Practice (2B)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is a course of advanced language skills, which provides students with the opportunity to improve their Chinese linguistic competence through a systematic study and reinforcement of the main features of Chinese grammar and literary readings. It will promote students' natural Chinese syntactic and stylistic sense and improve their intensive, extensive and skim reading skills.


On completion of this module, students should be able to have a good command of modern Chinese grammar, to read and understand original modern Chinese literary texts, and to translate and paraphrase between English and written Chinese.

Learning outcomes
To write Chinese fluently and accurately in all language tasks and, in translation between English and Chinese, to use both languages accurately, with correct spelling and grammar.

Skills outcomes
- Improved understanding and applying skills of main features of Chinese syntax;
- Improved English and Chinese translation skills including literal translation and paraphrasing;
- Improved Chinese text reading skills such as intensive reading, extensive reading, skim reading and topical sentence reading.


The course seeks to develop syntactic knowledge, linguistic and stylistic sense and reading skills of literary texts.
1. Syntactic knowledge will include systematic study of the main features of Chinese grammar such as potential complements, directional complements, modal verbs, measure words, the transposed object (ba) construction, pivot construction, verbal series, and passive voice, with student-centred exercises in English-Chinese translations.

For the English-Chinese translation, students will be guided to translate phrases and sentences which illustrate the grammatical features under discussion, and to paraphrase passages (covering narrative, corresponding, journalistic and argumentative discourses) from English to Chinese. Through these practices on Chinese grammar, the students will more consciously follow syntactic rules and their linguistic and stylistic sense in terms of intuitiveness and naturalness will be improved.

2. Literary reading will cover a number of popular short stories and essays by best-known modern Chinese writers such as Lu Xun, Zhu Ziqing and Lao She. The teaching will lay stress on linguistic and stylistic features but will also consider literary, cultural and social components presented in the literature.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours136.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

64 hours - class preparation (preview)
72 hours - coursework (post-view).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1. For grammar and translation, students will have quantities of class work and homework including phrase translation, sentence translation and passage translation. The students will compare their own translations with the answer translations presented by the tutor and bring their questions to the classes. There will be one unseen passage translation in Week 4 and one or two model tests in Weeks 6 - 10 in each semester for written feedback.

2. For literature, students will have reading and translation class work and homework. There will be one piece of homework during Weeks 6 - 8 (second semester) for tutor's written feedback.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/09/2014


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