CHINE131-19A (HAM)

Chinese Language 1: Part A

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Chinese

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Convenor(s)

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: alexandra.cullen@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This is a beginner’s course in Modern Standard Chinese. It introduces the four skills of reading and writing (using both the Romanization system pinyin and Chinese characters), speaking and listening at an elementary level.

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Paper Structure

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3 lectures, plus one tutorial per week.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • utilise basic sentence structures in the Chinese language
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  • greet others, and convey simple information about themselves in Chinese
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  • write approximately 150 characters in simplified Chinese.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
18 Mar 2019
4:00 PM
5
2. Test 2
3 Apr 2019
4:00 PM
10
3. Test 3
6 May 2019
4:00 PM
15
4. Test 4
29 May 2019
4:00 PM
15
5. Test 5
31 May 2019
3:00 PM
25
6. Class participation
10
7. Written assignments
20
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Liu Xun (ed.), Practical Chinese Reader I (2nd edition), Textbook and Workbook

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Other Resources

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The “Yellow Bridge” website (www.yellowbridge.com) has useful written and pronunciation exercises, and lots of tips on learning Chinese, specifically for those students using the New Practical Chinese Reader resource materials.

Skritter (http://www.skritter.com/) helps you to learn how to write and remember Chinese characters. You do have to subscribe, however, and it is fairly expensive, but try out the free demo, and see what you think.

Pleco is a really useful app. The basic Chinese dictionary is free. You can also make up flash cards for memorization work, as well as do lots of other things. Draw characters on screen to bring up a definition/English translation. Anki is also a good app to make up flashcards for Chinese characters.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. The paper outline is available on this site. Important announcements will also be posted through Moodle.

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Workload

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3 lectures, plus one tutorial per week. You should aim to spend at least an additional eight hours per week (depending on how good your memory is!) on completing assignments and on character-learning.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: CHIN131

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