Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students IV

Spring 2020 (3 credits)


Students who would like to enroll in this course in the Spring Semester 2020 must attend a placement interview. Click here for details . For enquiries, please email clechinese@ust.hk.

Course Description

This course follows on from LANG 1122 (Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students III), designed for UG and RPG students of non-Chinese language background, who have already learned Chinese for three our semesters or about 150 hours. Students who wish to take this course must satisfy the prerequisite of LANG 1122 or its equivalence.
Building on LANG1122, the course aims:

  • to further enhance students’ confidence and competence in Chinese communication through practice with particular emphasis on both oral and written communications involving reasonably demanding language structures, functions, and situations, and slightly advanced comprehensive listening, speaking, reading and writing skills training;
  • to help them further develop listening and speaking skills for communicating in Putonghua for social and professional purposes through a range of learning activities; and
  • to further enhance their reading and writing skills through different learning tasks and activities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Competency-building
Phonology:
  • further consolidate the knowledge on PTH phonology (master intonation and liaison, and use pinyin to learn new words)
  • use correct pronunciation, intonation and stress patterns in speaking PTH for social and professional interactions
Vocabulary:
  • recognize up to 600 most frequently used Chinese characters to develop proficiency in the four skills
  • acquire up to 600 words related to personal, school, social and work environments
  • use common noun and verbs; particles and adverbs; expression of describing, explaining, commenting, clarifying, and connotations via modifiers and limiters
  • use appropriate words, phrases and expressions in familiar oral and written interactions
Listening:
  • understand classroom instructions
  • demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in understanding conversations related to school, social and work environments for social, leisure and professional activities
Speaking:
  • further consolidate their learning of Putonghua phonology and grammar for effective and fluent oral communication
  • engage in conversations, simple discussion and presentation on topics related to school, work and social environment for effective and fluent communication with basic communicative strategies in social, leisure and professional settings
  • achieve communicative functions such as description, explanation, illustration and comparison with clarity and coherence
  • use grammatically correct sentences (such as, compound sentences, complements of time and action, co-verbal structures, etc.) in spoken discourses and tasks
Reading:
  • get the main points and key information of longer written materials on general, social and professional settings
    • retrieve key information from written materials on university life and studies
    • retrieve key information from written materials on social settings (such as travel brochure and itinerary, online information about room/flight booking and visa application)
Writing:
  • grasp more Chinese characters for writing and write descriptive and explanatory passages on familiar topics related to school, social and professional interactions with clarity and coherence
    • write paragraphs outlining their study plans using a wide range of vocabulary related to study and work with clarity and coherence.
    • write descriptive and explanatory passages related to traveling with clarity and coherence
    • achieve communicative functions such as description, explanation, illustration and comparison related to leisure activities and traveling with clarity and coherence
  • compose grammatically correct texts using compound sentences, complements of time and action, co-verbal structures, etc. in written discourses and tasks

Course Contents & Schedule

Week Unit Content
1-3 Unit 1: Settling down on campus
  • Inquiring and talking about new situations at university.
  • Getting to know and commenting on university life and studies
  • Comparing living on & off campus and describing an ideal place to stay
  • Talking about and commenting on course registration
  • Asking for and giving suggestions and advice
  • 4-6 Unit 2: Major and work
  • Stating personal preferences in studies and profession
  • Talking about interests and competences at university and at work
  • Evaluating and commenting on different subjects, majors and jobs
  • Comparing and describing different schools and universities
  • Sharing working experiences and expectations for future
  • Making plans for study and career
  • Week 7: Assessment One
    8-10 Unit 3: Outing and travel planning
  • Inquiring about and describing leisure activities and traveling in Hong Kong
  • Getting to know scenic spots in Hong Kong and local customs
  • Talking about and commenting on different life styles and cultures
  • Talking about and commenting on different life styles and cultures
  • Describing a travel itinerary clearly and orderly
  • Narrating and commenting on travel experiences
  • 11-12 Unit 4: Traveling and culture
    Week 13: Assessment Two

    For more course materials, please visit the link below:
    http://canvas.ust.hk

    Course Assessment

    Assessment Content Percentage
    Assessment 1 Oral presentation 20%
    Written test (Listening, Grammar, Reading, Writing) 25%
    Assessment 2 Oral presentation 20%
    Written test (Listening, Grammar, Reading, Writing) 25%
    Assignments Written practice 10%
    Total 100%

    Learning resources

    Free Chinese learning Apps

    Duolingo
    Chineseskill
    Pleco

    Study in China

    Beijing 北京

    Beijing Language and Culture University, 北京语言大学
    Beijinga Foreign Studies University, 北京外国语大学
    Peking University, 北京大学

    Shanghai 上海

    Shanghai International Studies University, 上海外国语大学
    Fudan University, 复旦大学
    Shanghai Jiaotong University, 上海交通大学

    Guangzhou 广州

    Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学)
    Jinan University (暨南大学)

    Travel in China

    China Travel Guide and Top Travel Destinations


    Attendance

    Students are expected to attend classes, and attendance will be taken. There is no need for students to provide any written documentation in case of your absence. Any student who is absent for 20% of total classroom contact hours will receive a fail grade (The attendance of add/drop period also count). Being late consistently will also negatively affect the final grade.

    Instructors

    Co-ordinator: Nuo Min
    Instructors: Nuo Min