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Students will further develop their ability to communicate and understand in simple Chinese by engaging with the key cultural situations in Chinese society including the norms and customs affecting interactions everyday life. Student expertise in the employment of both linguistic and cultural resources is further developed through reading short Chinese texts addressing each of the cultural situations, acquitting the literacies associated with these situations. The study of Chinese texts is supported by additional materials introducing the cultural topics. The texts’ study is also supplemented by students’ oral presentations, role plays and engaging in group discussions, as well as their conductions of written exercise. All this ensures that students’ acquisition of linguistic and cultural competence is further facilitated with the image of situated language through an explicit focus on a wider range of social and physical situations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
be familiar with certain key aspects of China, its culture, land, and society;
develop powers of self-expression using restricted communicative resources;
be able to use oral practice to gain practical command of a communicative code, and an understanding of a number of key registers;
be able to conduct a conversation in simple Chinese on a very limited range of topics, affiliated with key cultural situations.
Last updated: 21 February 2020