Chinese Beginners I
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This module aims to give you a grounding in Mandarin Chinese, so that you can communicate at a basic level in essential social and survival situations. You will learn some very useful language structures and Chinese Pinyin, and a few characters. You will have ample opportunities for training in speaking and listening.
The textbook of this course is Great Wall Chinese (I), a multimedia product that provides rich teaching resources, including on-line multimedia courseware, multimedia CD in addition to the traditional hard copies of textbook and workbook.
At this level, the functional expressions on focus would be: greetings, self-introduction (talking about name, family, nationality, occupation) and some mini talks at social meetings.
Who is this course for?
You do not have any previous knowledge of the Chinese language in order to join this course. Anyone who wishes to develop some basic skills of communication in Chinese, either for the purpose of career development or personal satisfaction, is welcomed to enrol.
Learning and Teaching
Apart from face-to-face teaching sessions, you will have access to on-line courseware, to review what you have learned. You will be encouraged to take an active part in dialogues, group discussions and other interactive language exercises in class.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
In this regard, there will be a written class test at the end of the course, to examine what you have learned, but the overall assessment result is also based on your classroom performance during the course. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the students.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will find a lot of Chinese books at Senghnnydd Library, on the first floor.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.