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2018/2019  BA-BALKO1002U  Chinese 2

English Title
Chinese 2

Course information

Language Chinese
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
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 15-01-2019

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Learning objectives
At the written exam the student should demonstrate that s/he:
  • Can provide an accurate English translation of a written Chinese text with regard to syntax, genre, audience and function (providing explanatory footnotes when deviating considerably from the original syntax).
  • Can make a syntax analysis down to word level, identify the different sentence elements and define their mutual function in the sentence.
  • Can write with a minimal competence on the rhetorical and syntactical level. This requirement can be met by submitting 2 smaller compositions during the course.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 2
Compulsory home assignments
Submission of 2 small compositions in Chinese on CBS Learn during the semester according to announced deadlines. Both assignments must be deemed approved by the instructor.
In case the student does not achieve the assessment “approved” for the required mandatory assignments during the course, s/he must deliver and have approved an essay before the exam or else the student is not eligible to attend the exam. The topic of the essay will be set by the instructor. The length of the essay depends on the number of mandatory assignments missed during the course:
max 350 characters per mandatory assignments missed
(Max 700 characters for 2 mandatory assignments missed)
Chinese 2:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Spring
Aids Closed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
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 is based on an unknown text.

The exam consists of the following parts:

  1. Translation from Chinese into English
  2. Grammatical analysis of a sentence from the exam text


The grade is based on a holistic assessment.

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. 

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching methods involve pair/ group work monitored by the instructor, and individual writing and listening exercises. Learning is based on cooperative learning principles which are designed to facilitate equal participation and simultaneous interaction to ensure each student's maximum output during class time. Teaching methods also involve e-tivities (online activities) to support the development of translation skills.

Teaching is based on textbooks as well as audio input corresponding to an intermediate level. The languages of instruction are Chinese to continuously stimulate and develop spoken fluency and listening comprehension, and English to talk about grammar and to translate texts.
Feedback during the teaching period
The instructors will provide students with feedback on their mandatory assignments.

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
Teaching 62 hours
Preparation (i.e. hours spent for reading, group work, etc.) 141 hours
Examination 4 hours
Further Information

Please note that this course will be discontinued and will be offered for the last time in spring 2019. The last exam in the course will be offered in summer 2020.

Expected literature

Textbook: TBA


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 15-01-2019