CHIN 1001 - Chinese IA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 1001 Course Chinese IA Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge No previous knowledge of Chinese required Course Description Chinese IA is a course for beginners in the language, followed by Chinese IB in semester 2 to build up basic knowledge and skills in Chinese. Native speakers or heritage speakers of Mandarin Chinese are not eligible for this course. Students who have studied Chinese before should contact the lecturers concerned to decide the best level at which to place them. Chinese IA teaches the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of modern standard Chinese (formerly known as Mandarin). This is the educated speech of North China which is now the official national language. Simplified characters are taught. The vocabulary reflects usage in contemporary China. It is expected that at the end of the course students should be able to master the Chinese phonetic system (Hanyu Pinyin), and should have an active vocabulary of around 200 Chinese characters and associated compounds concentrating on vocabulary that relates to contemporary China.
Course Coordinator: Dr Delia Lin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 obtain a knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language and many aspects of Chinese culture and society 2 obtain the ability, independently, to use a variety of sources to further individual understanding of the Chinese language 3 demonstrate the ability to work to strict timelines on regular exercises and assessments 4 demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with peers 5 obtain an understanding of and respect for cultural difference and diversity combined with a knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in intercultural communication 6 demonstrate a heightened awareness and understanding of different ways of seeing the world, specifically the Chinese world views 7 demonstrate the ability to research, synthesise, analyse and present information related to Chinese language and culture and using appropriate technologies and resources 8 obtain increased critical and analytical thinking skills 9 obtain an understanding of, and commitment to, the importance of life-long learning through a passion for Chinese language and culture that will, we hope, encourage you to travel to, study or work in Chinese speaking countries in the future
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 4, A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 8, 9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
The textbook used for this course is Modern Chinese. The print material (a text book and a workbook) can be purchased from the Uni Bookshop at $120.
Recommended ResourcesMandarin Chinese: An Introduction, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2000, reprinted in 2003, Mobo C. F. Gao
A Reference to Mandarin Chinese, XACT Publications, Queensland, 2000, Mobo C F Gao
A Chinese-English and English-Chinese Dictionary
Online LearningSee MyUni. Please remember to check MyUni regularly because announcements and notices will be publicised on that.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures
The purpose of the lectures is to explain the grammar of each chapter, the structure of the characters and cultural background. Language lectures are not the same as that of many other courses and require active participation with your eyes, ears, mouths and hands as well as your brain. Therefore you cannot just get lecture notes to replace your participation in class. For that reason, we don’t have lectures recorded or notes to distribute.
Tutorials and seminars are not that different in a language course and they are designed to provide the all-important language practice and consolidation. In tutorials, students work individually, in pairs or in small groups to practice listening and speaking, reading and writing, under the guidance of their tutor who will assist them in overcoming any difficulties they may experience. Tutors will explain instructions for homework, collect, mark and return them with feedback. They will also administer and mark tests. Remember to bring the textbook as well as the workbook to all tutorials.
The Language Laboratory on the first floor of the Napier Building (Room 107) provides the computer-assisted language learning facilities that are crucial to achieving success in beginners’ Chinese. Much of the Language Laboratory work is devoted to exercises in listening and speaking taken from the textbook and workbook and its accompanying audio materials. The computers have headsets and a voice-recording device that enable students to record and listen to their spoken Chinese and compare it with the audio examples provided.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD HOURS 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThis course will cover units 1-5 of Modern Chinese
Schedule Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Unit 1 lesson 1: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 3 Unit 1 lesson 2: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 4 Unit 2 lesson 1: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 5 Unit 2 lesson 2: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 6 Review and mid-semester test Week 7 Unit 3 lesson 1: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 8 Unit 3 lesson 2: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 9 Unit 4 lesson 1: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 10 Unit 4 lesson 2: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 11 Unit 5 lesson 1: vocabulary and texts, language notes, structure notes and Cultural spotlight Week 12 Review
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance at all lectures, tutorials and seminars are strongly encouraged.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceClass activities including lecture activities will involve small groups.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Weekly Dictation Formative and Summative - Category A* 10% 1-5 Particpation Formative and Summative - Category B 10% 1-5 Mid-semester written test Formative and Summative - Category C 15% 1-5 Mid-semester oral test Formative and Summative - Category D 20% 1-5 Final exam Summative - Category E 45% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsRegular class and language laboratory participation is essential for students to succeed and it is in the student’s own interest not to miss any classes; students unable to attend must consult with the lecturer(s).
Assessment DetailWeekly dictation: weekly character dictations from week 2 to week 11, each worth 1% of the semester total - 10% weighting
Participation: attendance and participation in all lectures and tutorials - 10% weighting
Mid-semester written test: will include writing and reading - 15% weighting
Mid-semester oral test: will include comprehension, listening and speaking - 20% weighting
Final exam: exam on comprehension, listening, speaking, writing and reading - 45% weighting
SubmissionAll work must be submitted by the due date. In the event of a student being unable to submit on time, a request for extension must be submitted to the course coordinator no later than the close of business on Friday of the week of the deadline.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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