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2014/2015  BA-BALKO1002U  Chinese 2

English Title
Chinese 2

Course information

Language Chinese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
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)
Susan Aagaard Petersen
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 19-08-2014
Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate a solid understanding of a text of lower intermediate complexity through:
  • Translation into English
  • Grammatical sentence analysis
  • Formulating his/her own idea in simple writing using appropriate sentence connectors and accurate grammar patterns
  • Presenting a written argument coherently
Chinese 2:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Additional allowed aids
  • Allowed dictionaries
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 exam based on a non-syllabus text. Dictionaries (in the form of books and wordtanks) and grammar handbooks are allowed.

The exam consists of the following parts:
  1. Translation from Chinese into English
  2. Grammatical analysis of a sentence from the exam text
  3. Essay in Chinese of min. 300 characters
The grade is based on an overall assessment of all 3 disciplines.
Course content and structure

The focus of teaching is applied language use to enable the students to communicate in lower intermediate Chinese about general topics related to culture and society. We continue to work with translation as a tool to ensure reading comprehension, and continue to expand the range of vocabulary and Chinese characters even further.

The course consists of 3 interrelated classes:
1) translation and grammar
2) written exercises
3) speaking classes

Chinese 2 is a lower-intermediate language course that builds upon the knowledge acquired from Chinese 1 while gradually increasing the level of difficulty. 

Teaching methods
Learning methods involve plenary sessions, group work monitored by the instructor, and individual writing and listening exercises. Teaching methods incorporate 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 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.
Student workload
Teaching 62 hours
Preparation 140 hours
Examination 4 hours
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 19-08-2014