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2018/2019  BA-BALKO1001U  Chinese 1

English Title
Chinese 1

Course information

Language Chinese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Susan Aagaard Petersen - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 28-06-2018

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Learning objectives
At the exam the student must demonstrate that s/he can live up to the following learning objectives:
  • Relative reading fluency with regard to pronunciation, speed, suitable pausing while allowing for occasional misreadings and tonal and intonational flaws.
  • Oral delivery of a faithful translation into English.
  • The ability to grammatically analyze a sentence, identifying main components and their mutual relationship.
  • A skill to engage in dialogue with examiner, comprehending questions and responding appropriately although occasional hesitations, repetitions and restarts may be needed and may have pronunciation, intonation, tonal, and stress issues that require listener adjustment, but on the overall level (s)he is intelligible.
  • The ability to understand and respond in a coherent, well pronounced and appropriate way with minor errors.
  • Variety (i.e. use of familiar vocabulary, grammatical expressions and collocations etc).
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 exam
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 external examiner
Exam period Winter
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 the semester

The exam consists in 3 parts:

  1. Reading aloud a text excerpt from syllabus
  2. Translation into English
  3. Oral interaction in Chinese


The grade is based on a holistic assessment.

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.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching is student-centered with an emphasis on pair and 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 class activities as well as timely preparation for class are expected.
Feedback during the teaching period
Weekly tests and assignments provide the students with regular feedback and with opportunities to in a timely fashion to realize whether they have gaps in their knowledge of Chinese language.

Feedback is further offered in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Lectures 72 hours
Preparation (i.e. hours spent for reading, group work, etc.) 134 hours
Examination 1 hours
Further Information

Please note that this course will be discontinued and will be offered for the last time in autumn 2018. The last exam in the course will be offered in winter 2019/20.

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 dictionaries Chinese-English English-Chinese:

  • dict.youdao.com  
  • www.mdbg.net  
  • linedict.com


Please note: these reading materials are only tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on LEARN before the course begins. 

Last updated on 28-06-2018