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2013/2014  BA-2LAN_C  Chinese 2

English Title
Chinese 2

Course information

Language Chinese
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Susan Aagaard Petersen - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Susan Aagaard Petersen
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-08-2013
Learning objectives
The learning objectives of this course are to enable the student to analyze and apply grammar patterns corresponding to a lower-intermediate level. The classes offer the student opportunities to practice speaking, reading and writing. We continuously expand the range of vocabulary and Chinese characters.
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book: no aids
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure
The end-of-course summer exam is a 4-hour written exam based on a non-syllabus text. Dictionaries (in the form of books and wordtanks) and grammar books are allowed
Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is applied language use to enable the students to communicate in elementary to lower intermediate Chinese about general topics related to culture and society. The course consists of three interrelated classes: 1) reading and translation of texts, 2) written exercises, and 3) speaking classes. We continuously expand the range of vocabulary and Chinese characters even further.

Chinese 2 is a lower-intermediate language course that builds upon the knowledge acquired from Chinese 1, while gradually increasing the level of difficulty. The course offers classes in various linguistic disciplines such as grammar, reading and translation, as well as conversation and writing with the goal of strengthening the student’s ability to read and communicate in Chinese. The focus of teaching is applied language use to enable the student to communicate in lower-intermediate Chinese on general topics related to culture and society. We continue to work with translation as a tool to ensure reading comprehension.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods are comprised of plenary sessions, group work monitored by the instructor, and individual writing and listening exercises. Teaching methods incorporates structures in line with cooperative learning which are designed to ensure equal participation and simultaneous interaction. Active involvement in class discussion and activities is expected of all participants, so students should come to class prepared to take part. We encourage the students to form study groups. Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio-visual input corresponding to a lower intermediate level. The languages of instruction are: Chinese to continuously stimulate and develop the student’s spoken fluency and listening comprehension, and English to talk about grammar and to translate texts. Active class participation is required.
Expected literature
  • Duanduan Li and Irene Liu, Reading Into a New China, Vol. 1 (Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2010)
Useful handbooks:
  • Hung-nin Samuel Cheung: A Practical Chinese Grammar (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2002 (org. 1994))
  • Claudia Ross & Jing-heng Sheng Ma: Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide (London and New York: Routledge, 2006)
  • On-line dictionary Chinese-English English-Chinese: www.nciku.com
Last updated on 14-08-2013