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CHIN9034 Chinese Language Stage 5

Module Overview

This module is designed to develop your communicative competence in your target language to the low- advanced level. Successful completion of this stage is approximately equivalent to reaching Levels C1 of the Common European Framework and Level 3/4 of the National Language Standards. You will develop both your understanding in the target language (Listening and Reading) and your production in the target language (Speaking and Writing). The content of the module is topic-based, with topics relating to the culture of the target language, dealing with issues of contemporary relevance. There will be an introduction to non- standard varieties of the language. Material is derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Classroom teaching activities will be comprehensive (text, listening, expression, translation, comprehension, oral, etc.) with strong emphasis on your own participation in those activities. Apart from learning in the classroom, you will be expected to spend time studying outside the class and you will be provided with guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language module at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the module aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken.

Syllabus

This Stage is topic-based, with topics relating to the specialist interests of the students and/or the culture of the target language, dealing with issues of contemporary relevance. There will be an introduction to non- standard varieties of the language. Material is derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Development of language proficiency is based on the most suitable grammar book available. Open-access material will be available in the relevant resources area. Inadequacies in your linguistic proficiency will begin to be addressed through discussion with the tutor, who will refer you to self-access material relevant to your particular needs available in the relevant resources area and help you to develop an individual learning programme

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Classes (text, listening, expression, translation, comprehension, oral) Learning activities include: Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks like small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. As much of the class as possible will be taught in the target language. Independent learning You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the Stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the facilities in the Centre for Language Study Resources Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University, including the Southampton Oceanography Centre, the Hartley Library and Winchester School of Art. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories and satellite TV, and self-access materials. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task44
Revision40
Lecture72
Wider reading or practice48
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Follow-up work48
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

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Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Creative writing 10%
Essay writing 10%
Examination 10%
In-class Test 5%
Oral presentation 10%
Take-away translation 5%
Written exam 40%
Written exam 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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