CHIN 3008 - Chinese IIIB

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course is designed for students who are non-native speakers of Mandarin. It aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed in Chinese IIIA through further, reading, writing as well as translation practice. The emphasis is on the application of student's language training to the study of Chinese source materials reflecting contemporary culture, society and everyday life in China. It is expected that by the end of the semester students should have an active vocabulary of around 1,500 Chinese characters and associate compounds, and should be able to read simple texts in modern Chinese using reference materials.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 3008
    Course Chinese IIIB
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Successful completion of Chinese IIIA or equivalent
    Assumed Knowledge Chinese IIIA or equivalent
    Course Description This course is designed for students who are non-native speakers of Mandarin. It aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed in Chinese IIIA through further, reading, writing as well as translation practice. The emphasis is on the application of student's language training to the study of Chinese source materials reflecting contemporary culture, society and everyday life in China. It is expected that by the end of the semester students should have an active vocabulary of around 1,500 Chinese characters and associate compounds, and should be able to read simple texts in modern Chinese using reference materials.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Baohui Xie

    Office: 639a Kenneth Wills Building, North Tce Campus
    Ph: 8313 4282
    Email: baohui.xie@adelaide.edu.au
    Consultation hours: Please see course information on MyUni
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. have the knowledge and understanding of the required vocabulary and grammar
    2. read and comprehend more complicated essays in Chinese on the topics covered in the course
    3. construct, write and type sentences and short essays in Chinese on the topics covered in the course
    4. engage in group discussions on political, social, and cultural topics related to the texts in the course in Mandarin
    5. consolidate skills in searching online resources and references as well as paper dictionaries
    6. develop competence in effective communication in Mandarin in a culturally appropriate manner with Chinese native speakers
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2-4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2-4,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5-6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4,6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2-4,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Boya Chinese: Semi-intermediate Speed-Up 2 (《博雅汉语》准中级, 加速篇 II), Beijing University Press, 2013.
    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
    905.1 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 the 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. 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 skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and intercultural understanding and mediation.
    Workload

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

    There are 3 contact hours each week. Apart from the 3 contact hours, students are expected to spend at least 10 hours out of class each week on average. These include going through textual materials before the new sessions, reviewing and practising the content covered each week, completing the homework, writing the essays and preparing for assessments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities are topic based.

    Week One                       Introduction
    Weeks Two & Three         Telling lies
    Weeks Four & Five           Jobs
    Week Six                        Revision
    Weeks Seven & Eight       Happiness
    Weeks Nine & Ten            Families
    Weeks Eleven & Twelve    Birthday and gifts
    Week Thirteen                 Final Exam
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. There are no supplementary tests for formative assessments. Students who have missed a formative assessment due to medical or compassionate reasons and who have notified the course coordinator prior to the assessment will be given an average mark based on the results of the other assessments. Those who do not turn up for
    formative assessments without medical or compassionate reasons will be given no marks for the assessments.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experience will occur in every seminar and tutorial, and will focus on inquiry-based learning in collaboration
    with peers and under the guidance of an expert tutor. Most activities will relate directly to your assessment, so attendance at
    seminars and tutorials is especially important. In addition, the oral presentation task is pair work and is sepcifcially designed as a Small-Group Discovery Experience. It is a good idea to try and build a strong realtionship with your team mates in
    the first half of the semester, as this makes it much easier to work effectively together in the second half.
  • 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
    Tasks                                                                                                      Weighting       Intended Learning Outcomes assessed

    A. Fortnightly sentence construction tasks     Formative                               10%              1
    B. Mid Semester Test                                   Formative & Summative           20%              1-3
    C. 1,000 Chinese characters Essay                Formative                               25%              1,3,5,6
    D. Group Oral Presentation                           Formative                               10%              1,4-6
    E. Active Class participation                          Formative                                5%               1,4-6
    F. Final Written Examination                          Summative                             30%              1-3,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials. In particular, attendance to and participation in tutorials will be counted towards the final grade.
    Students who have missed a formative assessment must lodge an application for extension/ replacement test in compliance with the University's MACA policy. The policy and forms can be found at https://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/ . All applications for extension of deadline or replacement test must submitted to the Faculty of Arts within the time limit required by the policy.
    Assessment Detail
    A. Fortnightly sentence construction tasks (10%)
        There will be four fortnightly sentence construction tasks throughout the semester, each worth 2.5% of the semester total. Students are asked to construct sentences with the words read by the tutor. The words are chosen from the key phrases listed in Section 4.3 during the previous two weeks. The purpose of the fortnightly task is to assess students’ ability to understand and use the new words to construct meaningful sentences. Dictionaries are not allowed for this task.

    B. Active Class Participation (5%)
        As part of the formative assessment, evaluation of the participation of the students is made upon tutorial attendance, classroom participation and contribution to teaching and learning activities. The students are required to attend all lectures and tutorials. Absence or lateness must be justified by evidence in WRITING. Absence or lateness without acceptable justification will considerably affect the assessment result. Each absence or being late without justification for twice will result in loss of 1 point.

    C. Group Oral Presentation (10%, 5 minutes, 2 students in one group)
        Students will give one oral presentation in group of 2 in Week 11 or 12. Topics will be on one of the texts covered in Semester 2. Students are to reflect the issues or themes presented in the texts and relate to the reality of Australian society or personal situation.

    D. Essay (25%, 1,000 characters)

    E. Mid-Semester written test (20%)

    F. Final written exam (30%)
    Submission
    Written assignments are to be submitted electronically via turnitin on MyUni before the prescribed deadlines. Submission by other means will not be marked.
    Late submission is not accepted unless otherwise exempted due to medical reasons supported by a doctor’s certificate or in compassionate circumstances approved by the Faculty of Arts. MACA form is required.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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