Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VI

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 1124 (Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students V), designed for UG and RPG students of non-Chinese language background, who have already learned Chinese for five our semesters or about 250 hours. Students who wish to take this course must satisfy the prerequisite of LANG 1124 or its equivalence.
Building on LANG1124, 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 complex language structures, functions, and situations, and advanced comprehensive listening, speaking, reading and writing skills training;
  • to help them further develop listening and speaking skills for communicating in Putonghua for social, professional and business purposes through a range of learning activities; and
  • to further enhance their reading and writing skills through different learning tasks and learning activities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

Competency-building
Listening:
  • understand common words, dialogues and phrases about college majors
  • understand students’ learning experience and feelings
  • understand the dialogues and paragraphs between study and employment
  • understand the dialogue between climate change and environmental protection
  • understand the words of natural scenery of the four seasons.
Speaking:
  • describe customs and traditions in your hometown and give explanations
  • describe the climate change and natural scenery
  • articulating arguments in oral presentations: achieving and demonstrating communicative functions such as description, explanation, exposition, illustration with clarity and coherence
  • make suggestions and advice about environmental protection
Reading:
  • retrieve key information from a narrative text on overseas study experiences
  • retrieve key information from an expository text on environmental pollution
Writing:
  • recognize up to 1000 most frequently used Chinese characters toward proficiency in the four skills areas
  • write short passages about personal strengths and challenges in the job market
  • write an exposition on the review for garbage pollution in Hong Kong to the target readers

Course Contents & Schedule

Week Unit Content
1-2 Unit 1: Study abroad life in HK and career planning
  • Introducing about your life and study in Hong Kong, including: campus environment, making new friends, major, the reason of study life in HK or UST
  • 3-4
  • Offer opinions on learning Chinese
  • Explaining choice of job
  • Narrate personal strengths and challenges in the job market
  • Report personal future plan
  • 5-7 Unit 2: Different culture
  • Explain the cultural differences between East and West
  • Share experience of being a foreign student to be invited into a Chinese family’s home for a meal and to learn more about the Chinese traditions and enjoy food
  • 8 Assessment one
    9-12 Unit 3: Climate change and Environmental protection
  • Introduce the climate characteristics
  • Analysis of environmental problems and environmental protection methods
  • Describe the environmental protection in your everyday life and the environmental protection group that you have joined
  • 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%
    Participation Participation and Attendance 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: SUSAN WONG
    Instructors: SUSAN WONG