OPAL Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary Prerequisites This accelerated course is designed for students who have learned some Mandarin Chinese and wish to further their study to a higher level. Students who register for this course are expected to have learnt the basics of the language such as the pronunciation, the writing system and fundamental grammar and are able to recognise no less than 180 characters. The course adopts a communicative approach for teaching and learning the language with emphasis on grammar and oral skills. Participants are expected to do a substantial amount of homework and preparation for each lesson, which will amount to at least an additional two hours’ work per week. Regular attendance is essential. A high level of commitment and dedication will be appreciated. Course material: Kuai Le Han Yu Vol 2. Student Book. People’s Education Press + Kuai Le Han Yu Vol 2. Workbook. People’s Education Press. The course book will be supplemented as necessary by handouts provided by the tutor. - Students are encouraged to use internet websites for self study. - Materials and reference grammars for beginners are available in the Language centre library and students are encouraged to self-access these, seeking advice from the Librarian if they wish. Course description: Please note that OPAL tutors will provide a detailed ‘week-by-week’ course syllabus and a self-study guide at the beginning of each term. Structural content: -Pronunciation: Pinyin (Chinese Romanisation) Tones -Characters: Character learning strategies Character knowledge -Grammar: Comparison More on modal verbs More on time phrase More on location phrase Adverbs More on measure words Particle LE Particle BA More on co-verbs Negation of the past Structure SHI---DE— Particle GUO Affirmative and negative questions Communicative content: Describing a day Describing location Talking about likes and dislikes Buying and selling Talking about sports Talking about the weather Describing illness Talking about colour Talking about festivals Making a date arrangement Talking about hobbies and TV programmes Chinese Mandarin Elementary Assessment Framework: Continuous Exam: Michaelmas Term Test 15% Participation and course work 15% Final exam: Trinity Term test 35% Project presentation 35% Final marks & recommendation: 50 – 69 Pass 70 – 79 Pass with merit 80 + Distinction Learning outcomes: ALTE LEVEL 1 (CEFR A2) Reading: CAN understand Writing: CAN complete Listening/Speaking: CAN straightforward information within forms and write short express simple opinions or a known area, such as on products simple letters or requirements in a familiar and signs and simple textbooks or postcards related to context. reports on familiar matters. personal information.
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