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2014/2015  BA-BALKO1001U  Chinese 1

English Title
Chinese 1

Course information

Language Chinese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Susan Aagaard Petersen - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 19-08-2014
Learning objectives
The students must demonstrate:
  • Fluency in reading a known text involving correct character pronunciation, recognition and suitable pausing
  • An understanding of the text through translation into English
  • The ability to grammatically analyze a sentence
  • A skill to engage in dialogue i.e. comprehend questions and respond in an intelligible, well-pronounced and appropriate way
  • The ability to understand and apply a variety of grammar patterns learnt so far
Course prerequisites
Students must have passed Chinese Intro 1 and 2 or the equivalent to enroll in this course.
Chinese 1:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Duration 30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The examination is based on the teaching material from Fall semester

The exam consists in 5 parts:
  1. Reading aloud a text excerpt from syllabus
  2. Translation into English
  3. Syntactical analysis of a Chinese sentence (in English)
  4. Talking about the text excerpt in Chinese
  5. Engaging in a dialogue about topics related to syllabus

The grade is based on an overall assessment of all 5 disciplines.

Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is applied language use in order to enable the student to communicate in elementary to lower intermediate Chinese about general topics related to culture and society. The course will provide a general introduction to appropriate language and formality level governing social interaction. We expand the range of vocabulary and Chinese characters according to syllabus. Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio input, and the student will practice through speaking, reading, translation and writing exercises.

Teaching methods
Teaching is student-centered with an emphasis on group work, which will be guided by cooperative learning principles that aim at engaging each student to a maximum extent. The languages of instruction are a combination of Chinese to continuously stimulate and develop the student’s spoken fluency and listening comprehension, and English when discussing grammar and translating texts. Active involvement in group discussions and activities is expected of all participants.
Student workload
Teaching 72 hours
Preparation 133 hours
Examination 1 hours
Expected literature
  • Liu Xun et al.: New Practical Chinese Reader (Xin shiyong hanyu keben)(NPCR), Vol. 4 (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2004). Vol.4: ISBN 7-5619-1319-2
  • Liu Xun et al.: New Practical Chinese Reader (Xin shiyong hanyu keben): Workbook, Vol. 4 (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2004). Vol 4: ISBN 978-7-5619-1331-4
  • Yang Jizhou: Hanyu jiaocheng (Chinese course), Vol. 3, 2nd part, (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2002). ISBN 7-5619-0765-6

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 19-08-2014