CHIN 3211 - Chinese IIISA: Practical Chinese

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

The course aims to extend students' language skills by using authentic Chinese language sources, including on-line materials. In this course, emphasis is placed on the application of students' language training developed so far, particularly in the areas of vocabulary, grammar and vocabulary, to the retrieval of information on a selection of issues and topics. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with the necessary language skills and linguistic knowledge for accessing a variety of websites written in Chinese, using search engines, on-line dictionaries, translation tools and so forth. At the same time, emphasis is also placed on developing students' language skills to be able to scan, skim and critically analyse Chinese language texts available on-line, whilst searching for relevant information. In order to develop students' ability to form and express their own opinions using appropriate register in Chinese, a selection of Chinese texts on issues and topics related to China and certain aspects of language use will be used as discussion materials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 3211
    Course Chinese IIISA: Practical Chinese
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CHIN 3008 or equivalent
    Incompatible CHIN 3011
    Course Description The course aims to extend students' language skills by using authentic Chinese language sources, including on-line materials. In this course, emphasis is placed on the application of students' language training developed so far, particularly in the areas of vocabulary, grammar and vocabulary, to the retrieval of information on a selection of issues and topics. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with the necessary language skills and linguistic knowledge for accessing a variety of websites written in Chinese, using search engines, on-line dictionaries, translation tools and so forth. At the same time, emphasis is also placed on developing students' language skills to be able to scan, skim and critically analyse Chinese language texts available on-line, whilst searching for relevant information. In order to develop students' ability to form and express their own opinions using appropriate register in Chinese, a selection of Chinese texts on issues and topics related to China and certain aspects of language use will be used as discussion materials.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Mobo Chang Fan Gao

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge and increased understanding of Chinese and aspects of Chinese culture and society
    2 Acquire enhanced ability to read, construct, write and comprehend more complex written Chinese
    3 Acquire enhanced ability to engage in extended conversations in Mandarin in a culturally appropriate manner with Chinese native speakers
    4 Demonstrate understanding of and respect for cultural differences and diversity combined with a knowledge and understanding of some key issues involved in intercultural communication
    5 Demonstrate ability to research, synthesise, analyse and present information related to Chinese language and culture and using appropriate technologies and resources;
    6 Demonstrate advanced critical and analytical thinking skills
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required resources will be circulated in class.
    Recommended Resources
    It is essential that students have a Chinese-English and English-Chinese Dictionary. Students are allowed to use dictionaries in the quizzes and the final examination.

    The most useful library sections for third-year Chinese work are:

    495.1 Chinese language
    Chinese grammar
    Dictionaries
    895.1 Chinese literature
    951 Chinese history
    Contemporary Chinese magazines
    Chinese studies

    Books in Chinese on particular subjects or in English on particular aspects of China can also be
    found catalogued according to subject area.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni site will be used to announce upcoming curricular and extra curricular events and host supplementary material. The site will help students and lecturers to communicate outside of class and help students prepare for lectures. Feedback will be given on MyUni Grade Centre.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Communicative skills will be developed through a task-oriented, activity-based approach. Students will be encouraged to participate actively at every stage of learning.

    Audio/visual materials presenting social situations and cultural settings will bring a degree of realism into the classroom. Learning strategies will be taught explicitly and linked to specific language-learning tasks.

    Whenever possible, the course will integrate linguistic learning with cultural learning to achieve the dual goal of language development and improvement in the four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening and intercultural understanding and mediation.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    4 hours reading/practise per week 48 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment work per week 48 hours per semester
    2 hours preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    The schedule is subject to change
    Schedule
    Week Topics
    Week 1 Introduction to the course

    Reading Literature
    Topic 1: Love (1)
    Popular Chinese literature
    Week 2 Reading Literature
    Topic 1: Love (2)
    Popular Chinese literature
    Week 3 Reading Literature
    Topic 2: Social problem (1)
    Popular Chinese literature
    Week 4 Reading Literature
    Topic 2: Social problem (2)
    Popular Chinese literature
    Week 5 Reading Literature
    Topic 3: Chinese and Western cultures (1)
    Popular Chinese literature
    Week 6 Reading Literature
    Topic 3: Chinese and Western cultures (2)
    Popular Chinese literature
    Week 7 Topic 4:Travel and Famous Places (1)
    Week 8 Topic 4:Travel and Famous Places (2)
    Week 9 Topic 5:Festivals and Customs (1)
    Week 10 Topic 5:Festivals and Customs (2)
    Week 11 Topic 6: National and Regional Cultures (1)
    Week 12 Topic 6: National and Regional Cultures (2)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery is an integral part of the learning process. Techniques such as small group discussion, role plays and Think-Pair-Share will be used regularly in lectures and tutorials.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes
    Reading and writing tests x 2 Formative & summative 30% 1-6
    Oral presentation Formative & summative 15% 1-6
    Tutorial activities & participation Formative & summative 10% 1-6
    Essay Formative & summative 15% 1-6
    Written exam Summative 30% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures/tutorials. Students must pass the reading and writing tests and final exam to complete the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Reading and writing tests: there will be two reading and writing test in Weeks 6 and 10; 15% assessment for each test - 30% total weighting

    Oral presentation: student will conduct a 5 minute presentation on a chosen topic - 15% weighting

    800 Chinese words essay: students submit one essay of 800 Chinese words - 15% weighting

    Activity participation: based on class participation and class discussion - 10% weighting

    Final Examination: written exam which covers all areas of the course - 30% weighting
    Submission
    Written tests and assignments are to submitted to your lecturer/tutor in class on the due date.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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