Putonghua I for English Speakers


Co-ordinator: Xin Liang
Xin Liang

Course Information

Objectives

This is a non-credit bearing elementary course for English speakers. The course aims:

  • to introduce Chinese language and culture to students through practice with particular emphasis on oral communication;
  • to help them develop confidence and competence in listening and speaking for daily Putonghua communication; and
  • to facilitate their vocabulary acquisition through learning activities incorporated with high frequency Chinese characters.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attribute
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
Competency-Building
Phonology:
  • acquire a basic knowledge of Putonghua phonology
  • identify the tones, initials and finals of Hanyu Pinyin
  • use Hanyu Pinyin to master Putonghua pronunciation
Vocabulary:
  • recognize around 100 most frequently used Chinese characters
  • understand a range of words and expressions commonly used in daily communication
Reading:
  • understand simple Chinese sentences
  • point out common grammatical mistakes and make corrections
Listening:
  • understand simple everyday conversations
Speaking:
  • conduct conversations in Putonghua for social purposes including :
    • greeting and getting to know each other
    • introducing oneself and others
    • asking for and giving personal information
  • use numbers in various contexts to achieve different purposes including :
    • asking for phone numbers and making phone calls
    • telling the time and date
    • talking about schedules and timetables
    • asking for prices and bargaining
  • talk about likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies
  • make appointments
  • order food and drinks when eating out
International Outlook
  • appreciate aspects of Chinese culture, such as:
    • Chinese traditional holidays
    • Chinese food and drinks
    • Chinese 12 zodiac animals

Course Contents

The following contents are covered:

  • Basic knowledge of Putonghua phonology
  • Greeting and getting to know each other
  • Introducing oneself and others
  • Asking for and giving personal information
  • Asking for phone numbers and making phone calls
  • Telling the time and date
  • Talking about schedules and timetables
  • Asking for prices and bargaining
  • Talking about likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies
  • Making appointments
  • Ordering food and drinks when eating out
  • Recognizing 60-70 most frequently used Chinese characters

Enrollment

Courses are usually held in the Spring semester.
Enrollment details can be found here.
Click here for registration.


Certificate

Students are expected to attend 80% classes, and on meeting the attendance requirement, each participant will be awarded an Attendance Certificate.


Course Instructors

Co-ordinator: LIANG XIN

Course Materials

The course uses materials developed by the Center for Language Education, the online part of which are shown below:


Supplementary Resources

http://www.mandarintools.com
http://www.zhongwen.com
http://eleaston.com/chinese.html
http://www.chinaknowledge.de
http://www.chinapage.com
http://chineseculture.about.com
http://www.sinosplice.com/lang/


Study in China

Beijing
Chongqing
Other places


Travel in China

http://www.hostelbeijing.com
http://www.chinainfotravel.com