Chinese for Beginners – undergraduates only
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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This course is only open to Cardiff University undergraduates. However, please note: if you are looking to enrol on a Free Standing Module, this is not the right course for you. Please visit our Free Standing Module page for more information.
This is an elementary course to train learners via situational conversations to grasp the indispensible language and culture knowledge while visiting or living in China. The course also introduce substantial typical sights of China and the common sense of living in China to help students solve the problems concerning language, culture, transport, accommodation, etc, they may meet while in China. Students will also learn some very useful language structures and Chinese Pinyin, and characters. Upon completion of this course students can speak simple sentences, use Hanyu pinyin system and write 150 Chinese characters, and sit the Chinese proficiency exam —– HSK level I.
The textbook of this course is Experiencing Chinese: Living in China, a language book incorporates the concept of learning-through-experience and functional language learning and is aimed at daily communication. Multimedia CD is included.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for students who do not have enough time to learn Chinese systematically but are interested in being able to speak enough Chinese to communicate in daily life. Students do not have any previous knowledge of the Chinese language in order to join this course. Any student 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
The course offers diverse training methods such as role-substitution, language focus tips, interactive exercises, video watching, etc, to obtain excellent learning effect. Students will be encouraged to take an active part in dialogues, group discussions and other interactive language exercises in class. Supplementary materials will also be used.
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 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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.