Placement Interview for Non-Chinese Language Background Students

  1. Placement Procedures

  2. Course Information

  3. Interview Schedule

  4. Online Application

  5. FAQs


Placement Procedures


Course Information

Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students

  • LANG 1120      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students I

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Hanyu Pinyin
    • Chinese Characters
    • Greeting people
    • Meeting people
    • Self-introduction
    • Family members/Kinship
    • Numerals/Notion of numbers
    • Notion of time
    • Date, month, year and week/Routine
    • Shopping and prices
    • Ordering food and drinks
    • Interests and leisure activities
    • On the phone
    • Chinese culture
    • Students can achieve basic communicative tasks in listening & speaking on the topics/conversations closely related to personal and school contexts for daily & social interactions.
    • Students understand basic Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective oral communication.
    • Students can recognize 70 frequently used Chinese characters and use 150 simple words and expressions related to personal and daily interactions.
    • Students master basic Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing simple and grammatically correct phrases and sentences in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate interest in and appreciation of Chinese culture, and write an essay in English on an aspect of Chinese culture to show cross-cultural awareness.
  • LANG 1121      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students II (Prerequisite: LANG1120)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Hanyu Pinyin Review (1)
    • Chinese characters Review (2)
    • Self-introduction
    • The weather
    • Four seasons
    • Traveling experiences
    • Transportation
    • My room
    • Directions and locations
    • Distance and time duration
    • Choosing presents
    • Invitation to gatherings
    • Future plans
    • Chinese culture
    • Students demonstrate good communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related to personal and school contexts for daily and social interactions.
    • Students consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 150 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 300 simple words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written communication. They can also write simple and common Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and simple texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master simple Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing simple and grammatically correct sentences and texts in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate sustained interest in and appreciation of Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
  • LANG 1122      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students III (Prerequisite: LANG1121)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Hanyu Pinyin Review (1)
    • Chinese characters Review (2)
    • Campus life: Arriving campus
    • Chinese proficiency: Abilities and “can”
    • Campus life: Living on campus
    • Real life activities: Renting an apartment
    • Real life activities: Shopping online
    • Real life activities: Booking air-tickets
    • Real life activities: Hotel reservation
    • Real life activities: Getting a visa, Action in progress
    • Life experiences: Dining and shopping experiences
    • Life experiences: Telling what’s happened
    • Life experiences: Asking for leave
    • Chinese culture
    • Students demonstrate strong communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related to school and social environment for personal, daily and social activities.
    • Students further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 300 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 600 words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions. They can also write more common Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master more complex grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing simple and grammatically correct messages and texts in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate increased interest in and appreciation of Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
  • LANG 1123      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students IV (Prerequisite: LANG1122)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Hanyu Pinyin Review (1):
    • Working experiences and expectations
    • Chinese characters Review (2):
    • Description of university and activities
    • Study in a new place: Course registration
    • Study and work in a new place
    • Work and study plan
    • Real life activities: Seeing a doctor
    • Real life activities: Health and sports
    • Life experiences: Telling what’s happened
    • Life experiences: Anecdotes about some celebrities
    • News and current issues
    • Chinese culture
    • Students demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related to school, social and working environment for social and professional activities.
    • Students further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective and fluent oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 450 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 900 words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions. They can also write more Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master more complex Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing grammatically correct passages and texts in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate sustained interest in Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
  • LANG 1124      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students V (Prerequisite: LANG1123)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Hanyu Pinyin Review (1)
    • Chinese characters Review (2)
    • People and Society: Being socially conscious
      • Students discuss current social issues in groups and make comments and summaries
    • Products and Culture: Introducing and comparing products
      • Students get involved in a business project simulation exercise by conducting market research, making a presentation in introducing and comparing two products
    • Working experience and Industry of profession: Succeeding in the job market
      • Students analyze personal strengths and weaknesses;
      • Students take part in mock recruitment interviews
    • Students demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related to school, social and working environment for social, cultural, business and professional activities.
    • Students further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective and fluent oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 600 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 1200 words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions. They can also write more Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master more complex Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing grammatically correct passages and essays in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate sustained interest in Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
    • Students can engage in group activities with sensitivity shown to group dynamics and teamwork.
    • Students take a proactive approach in meeting the demands of the job market by performing well in recruitment exercises conducted in Chinese.
  • LANG 1125      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VI (Prerequisite: LANG1124)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Hanyu Pinyin Review (1)
    • Chinese characters Review (2)
    • Industry and Profession: Getting ready professionally
      • Students discuss their specialties in groups and make description and comparison, discuss topics closely related to common professional setting
    • Different Cultures: Introducing Chinese culture and compare with own culture
      • Students get involved in a cultural project simulation exercise by conducting cultural research, devising resource strategies, making a presentation in Chinese culture and making comments and summaries
    • Climate and Environment: Comparing Climates and Reporting Natural Disasters
      • Students describe nature and weather, compare different climates and report natural disasters
      • Students express personal feelings, opinions on nature and environment protection
    • Students demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related toschool, social and working environment for social, cultural, business and professional activities.
    • Students further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective and fluent oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 800 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 1500 words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions. They can also write more Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master more complex Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing grammatically correct passages and essays in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate strong interest in Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
    • Students can engage in group activities with sensitivity shown to group dynamics and teamwork.
    • Students take a proactive approach in meeting the demands of the professional environment by performing well in job simulation exercises conducted in Chinese.
  • LANG 1126      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VII (Prerequisite: LANG1125)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Geographic Environment
    • Natural Resources
    • Characteristics of a Place
    • Introducing an Area
    • Urban Characteristics
    • Changes and Development of a City
    • Introducing Cities
    • Students demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related toschool, social and working environment for social, cultural, business and professional activities.
    • Students further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective and fluent oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 1500 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 3000 words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions. They can also write more Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master more complex Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing grammatically correct passages and essays in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate strong interest in Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
    • Students can engage in group activities with sensitivity shown to group dynamics and teamwork.
    • Students take a proactive approach in meeting the demands of the academic or professional environment by performing academic simulation exercises conducted in Chinese.
  • LANG 1127      Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VIII (Prerequisite: LANG1126)

    Contents Intended Learning Outcomes
    • Chinese literature reading
    • Chinese culture and convention
    • Chinese philosophy and religions
    • Introducing a Chinese: artist/philosopher/celebrity/politician
    • Science and Technology
    • Politics and Policies
    • Introducing and comparing countries
    • Students demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in listening and engaging in conversations related toschool, social and working environment for social, cultural, business and professional activities.
    • Students further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective and fluent oral communication.
    • Students can recognize up to 3000 frequently used Chinese characters and up to 5000 words and expressions related to daily and social interactions. They can use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions. They can also write more Chinese characters and input Chinese characters and texts with the help of Chinese computer applications.
    • Students master more complex Chinese grammar and demonstrate this in written tasks by composing grammatically correct passages and essays in Modern Standard Chinese.
    • Students demonstrate strong interest in Chinese culture, and show the understanding of the importance of cross-cultural awareness.
    • Students can engage in group activities with sensitivity shown to group dynamics and teamwork.
    • Students take a proactive approach in meeting the demands of the academic or professional environment by performing academic simulation exercises conducted in Chinese.

 


Interview Schedule

Date Time Registration Period Quota Venue
20 Jan 2017 (Fri) 14:30 – 16:30 17-19 Jan 20 per session Seminar Room3&6,
Language Commons
(Room 3019, Lift 2)
23 Jan 2017 (Mon) 14:30 – 16:30 20-22 Jan
24 Jan 2017(Tue) 10:00 – 12:00 21-23 Jan
12:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
25 Jan 2017 (Wed) 10:00 – 12:00 22-24 Jan
12:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
26 Jan 2017(Thu) 10:00 – 12:00 23-25 Jan
12:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 16:00
Date Time Registration Period Quota Venue
1 Feb 2017 (Wed) 10:30 – 12:00 29 Jan-31 Jan 14 per session Room 3023&3025
Language Commons
(Room 3019, Lift 2)
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:30
2 Feb 2017 (Thu) 10:30 – 12:00 30 Jan-1 Feb
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:30
3 Feb 2017 (Fri) 10:30 – 12:00 31 Jan-2 Feb
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:30
6 Feb 2017 (Mon) 10:30 – 12:00 3-5 Feb
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:30
7 Feb 2017 (Tue) 13:30 – 15:00 4-6 Feb
15:00 – 16:30
8 Feb 2017 (Wed) 13:30 – 15:00 5-7 Feb
15:00 – 16:30
9 Feb 2017 (Thu) 10:30 – 12:00 6-8 Feb
14 Feb 2017 (Tue) 10:30 – 12:00 11-13 Feb 7 per session Room 3023
Language Commons
(Room 3019, Lift 2)

Note: You are advised to reserve a time slot at your earliest convenience since the places of the Chinese courses offered are limited.


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Chinese Placement Interview FAQs

1. How can I know which Chinese course is most suitable for me? Can I seek advice from instructors?
You should visit http://cle.ust.hk/courses/chinese/ where you can find detailed descriptions about our courses. You will then have to fill in an online application form and book an interview timeslot at here. You will receive advice from instructors in the interview.
 
2. What should I do if I have already met the pre-requisite? Do I still have to attend an interview?
No, you don’t. Please add the course you plan to take in the Student Information System (SIS) directly. Please visit here for the relevant pre-requisite.
 
3. What procedure do I have to take to enroll in a Chinese language course?
Please refer to the flow chart here.
 
4. Can I apply for credit transfer if I can provide supporting documents e.g. transcripts from other tertiary institutions?
Yes, it is possible. The application should be made through ARRO directly. For details, please click here.
 
5. What should I do if all the interview time slots are fully booked?
Please send an email to clecpt@ust.hk to seek help.
 
6. Can I change my interview time slot if something unexpected happens?
Yes, you can cancel your original time slot and book a new one at here.
 
7. When will my request submitted on SIS be approved?
Usually after you have completed the placement procedures (i.e. online application and/or interview) and submitted your request on SIS, your case will be handled within 1 to 2 working days.
 
8. If I find the course I have enrolled in unsuitable for me after I have attended class, can I still make a switch to another class?
Yes, you can. But first of all, please talk to the instructor of your class. If necessary, you may have to attend another interview. Make sure you complete the necessary procedure before the end of the add/drop period.
 
9. How long will be the interview result valid period?
One semester. If you don’t really want to enroll a Chinese language course please take the placement interview before you enroll a course.
 
10. What if I fail to enroll into a course because of over-subscription?
You will have to go through the placement process again next term, but do indicate in the form that you have taken an interview before.
 
11. I have already met the Common Core Chinese Communication requirements by taking one of Chinese language courses, but would still like to take more language courses. What should I do?
You can take more than one Chinese language courses as free electives.
 
12. Is auditing allowed?
No, auditors are not allowed on Chinese language courses.
 
13. I am a student on a Taught Postgraduate (TPG) program. Am I eligible for taking credit-bearing Chinese courses?
TPG students are not eligible for taking Chinese language courses as TPG programs are self-financed programs (i.e. ones not funded by the UGC). If you wish to learn Chinese, you are welcome to join the “Language Courses for Students and Staff ” and iLANG activities.
 
14. I am an MBA student. Can I take Chinese courses?
We offer special Chinese courses to MBA students. Please contact the MBA office for information.
 
15. Can I drop a LANG course after the Add/Drop period?
Requests to add a course or to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period will not be accepted, except under extenuating circumstances, and require the approval of the relevant Dean, the Dean’s designate or the Director of IPO.