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2014/2015  BA-BAPKO1004U  Chinese Intro 1

English Title
Chinese Intro 1

Course information

Language Chinese
Course ECTS 30 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 17-08-2014
Learning objectives
After having completed the full year course the student should be able to:
  • Translate texts of the same level as curriculum from Chinese into English
  • Construct simple sentences applying the correct grammar and actively use vocabulary from curriculum
  • Engage in basic dialogue coping with straightforward questions related to everyday topics.
  • Pronounce without major errors
Course prerequisites
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP.
This course has two individual exams:
Mid-term exam:
Exam ECTS7,5
Examination formWritten sit-in exam
Individual or group examIndividual
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration2 hours
Grading scalePass / Fail
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter Term
Aids allowed to bring to the examClosed 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.
It is only possible to take the Chinese Intro 1 exams in the Winter.
End-of-course exam:
Exam ECTS22,5
Examination formOral Exam
Individual or group examIndividual
Duration20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation timeNo preparation
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam periodWinter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The curriculum corresponds to the entire textbook material from Fall semester. The exam consists of 4 parts:

  1. Dictation using the characters studied during the semester
  2. Reading aloud and translating a text excerpt from syllabus
  3. Grammatical questions
  4. Talking about a picture and conversing in Chinese

The grade is based on an overall assessment of all 4 disciplines.

Course content and structure
This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP.

The intro course is an intensive course that provides students with knowledge of the basic elements with regards to syntax, grammar, and colloquial speech. The course will help the student build a basic vocabulary enabling him/her to communicate in basic everyday Chinese.

The course offers classes in various linguistic disciplines such as grammar, speaking, listening, writing, reading, and will give the student the best prerequisite to start on Year 1 at ASP.Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio inputs corresponding to a beginner's level.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods are a mix of lectures and group work guided by cooperative learning principles that engage each student to a maximum extent. Some classes take place in the multimedia lab where each student is able train listening comprehension and practise pronunciation.

The introductory course is a demanding full-time study. Active class participation as well as the submission of a number of home assignments are expected. We warmly encourage the students to form smaller study groups.
Student workload
Teaching 180 hours
Preparation 640 hours
Examination 3 hours
Further Information

This course is part of the propaedeutic year at ASP. Both Chinese Intro 1 & Chinese Intro 2 must be passed before matriculation to Year 1 at ASP.

Expected literature
  • Liu Xun et al.: New Practical Chinese Reader (新实用汉语课本): Textbook, Vol. 1-2 (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2004). Vol. 1: ISBN 7-5619-1040-1; Vol. 2: ISBN 7-5619-1129- 7; Vol. 3: ISBN 7-5619-1251-X; Vol.4: ISBN 7-5619-1319-2
  • Liu Xun et al.: New Practical Chinese Reader (Xin shiyong hanyu keben): Workbook, Vol. 1-2 (Beijing: Beijing yuyan wenhua daxue, 2004). Vol 1: ISBN 7-5619-1042-8; Vol 2: ISBN 7-5619-1145-9; Vol 3: ISBN 7-5619-1252-8

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 17-08-2014