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BA Chinese (Modern)

Year 3

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year, students should have provided evidence of being 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;
- 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;
- understand and apply the main features of Chinese syntax;
- demonstrate relatively advanced English/Chinese translation skills including literal translation and paraphrasing;
- demonstrate improved Chinese text reading skills such as intensive reading, extensive reading, skim reading and topical sentence reading;
- understand normal spoken Chinese, speak Chinese more fluently and naturally, and comprehend general media sources, both audio and written;
- demonstrate an awareness and critical understanding of approaches to the academic study of East Asia and China in particular;
- demonstrate a relatively sophisticated understanding of modern Chinese society and culture;
- demonstrate an awareness of issues in the Asia Pacific region as they affect contemporary China;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of spoken and written forms;
- exercise critical analytical abilities in respect of the disciplinary modules;
- draw clear and close connections between linguistic competence and insightful understanding of contemporary China;
- apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills related to the subject area(s) studied, valuable for employment, eg. be able to gather and analyse information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources, be able to use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
- the ability to appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the knowledge and application of a broad range of concepts, information and techniques relevant to the area of study;
- work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion and produce a reasoned argument on a topic confirmed in consultation with tutor (s).


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