CHIN 2007 - Chinese In-Country Summer School

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2015

The Chinese In-Country Summer School is a 5 week intensive language study tour to China from early December to mid-January. The course is provided in conjunction with the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide and Shandong University, where the intensive Chinese language program is undertaken. Shandong University is one of China's leading universities. The course includes intensive studies in Mandarin Chinese, cultural activities and seminars, and visits to cultural and historical sites in Shanghai, Shandong and Beijing. It will greatly enhance students' linguistic abilities and their understanding of Chinese society and culture. The intensive language training consists of up to 20 hours per week of reading/grammar, oral/conversation and listening classes delivered by highly experienced staff at Shandong University's College of International Education. The study tour is accompanied by academic staff from the Centre for Asian Studies. Students will have access to individual tutors from Shandong University's after-class tutoring scheme. After completion students will be required to submit their academic transcript and graduation certificate from Shandong University and a 1,000 word reflection paper on their experience (in English). Students wishing to enrol in the Chinese In-Country Summer School must first register with the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, and also see the staff at the Faculty of Arts office before their departure if they wish to have the course counted towards their major/minor in Chinese or Diploma of Languages (Chinese).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 2007
    Course Chinese In-Country Summer School
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 20 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Successful completion of Chinese IB or equivalent or above
    Course Description The Chinese In-Country Summer School is a 5 week intensive language study tour to China from early December to mid-January. The course is provided in conjunction with the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide and Shandong University, where the intensive Chinese language program is undertaken. Shandong University is one of China's leading universities. The course includes intensive studies in Mandarin Chinese, cultural activities and seminars, and visits to cultural and historical sites in Shanghai, Shandong and Beijing. It will greatly enhance students' linguistic abilities and their understanding of Chinese society and culture.
    The intensive language training consists of up to 20 hours per week of reading/grammar, oral/conversation and listening classes delivered by highly experienced staff at Shandong University's College of International Education. The study tour is accompanied by academic staff from the Centre for Asian Studies. Students will have access to individual tutors from Shandong University's after-class tutoring scheme.
    After completion students will be required to submit their academic transcript and graduation certificate from Shandong University and a 1,000 word reflection paper on their experience (in English).
    Students wishing to enrol in the Chinese In-Country Summer School must first register with the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, and also see the staff at the Faculty of Arts office before their departure if they wish to have the course counted towards their major/minor in Chinese or Diploma of Languages (Chinese).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ning Zhang

    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 Obtain knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language and many aspects of Chinese culture and society
    2 Acquire the ability to use independently a variety of sources to further your own understanding of the Chinese language
    3 Acquire the ability to work to strict timelines on regular exercises and assessments
    4 Develop the ability to work collaboratively with peers
    5 Develop an understanding of and respect for cultural difference and diversity combined with a knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in intercultural communication;
    6 Develop a heightened awareness and understanding of different ways of seeing the world, specifically the Chinese world views
    7 Acquire the ability to research, synthesise, analyse and present information related to Chinese language and culture and using appropriate technologies and resources
    8 Develop increased critical and analytical thinking skills
    9 Gain 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. 1,6-9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 9
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Intensive learning classes, culture seminars and activities, visits to historical and cultural sites.
    Workload

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

    This intensive course will include a minimum of 4 contact hours per day for 4 weeks, plus 1 week full time historical and cultural tour, in addition to research, reading and assigmment preparation, for a total of 156 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The learning activities will be available upon enrolment. Students will do all study in China.
  • 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 Learning Outcome
    Class tests and final exam in China Formative and Summative

    80%

    1-9
    1000 word reflection paper Formative and Summative 20% 1-9
    Assessment Detail
    Students are expected to attend all classes and activities in China. Upon completion of the language classes and cultural programs in China, students are required to submit their reflection paper within 2 weeks from the end of the tour in China.

    Requirements and Criteria of Assessment on Reflection paper
    · Minimum 1,000 English words.
    · High level of English expression
    · This writing has to be succinct and to the point.
    · The writing has to say something about your understanding of yourself and what and how you change as a result of your experience. What did you learn?
    · The writing should reflect an effort to make the most effective use of the word limit to convey serious personal reflection
    · References to written works, websites, etc are welcome but these need to be properly referenced.
    Submission
    Students are required to submit their academic trnascript and graduation certificate from the Chinese university upon return to Adelaide.

    The English reflection paper is to be submitted via MyUni after the tour ends.
    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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