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CHI4908 - Chinese 8 (Incountry Program)

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Lijian Hong

Offered

Overseas Summer semester A 2009 (Off-campus Day)

Synopsis

This unit is offered in China as part of the Chinese Incountry Program. It introduces students to a range of primarily literary texts in contemporary Chinese. Students' ability to understand contemporary China and their skills in speaking, listening and writing will be further developed through various classroom activities of reading, translations and discussions and through essay-writing.

Objectives

The unit aims to provide students with:

  1. General knowledge that will enhance their understanding of contemporary Chinese culture and society.
  2. The ability to comprehend and express complex ideas in both spoken and written forms, consolidating skills already acquired at the Advanced Intermediate level.
  3. Strategies of cross-cultural conceptualisation, incorporating translation skills, crucial to critical thinking on a range of cultural and social topics concerning contemporary China. Translation and reading exercises developed for this part of the course are based primarily on texts in standard Chinese from the People's Republic of China.

Assessment

Seminar participation, presentation and paper: 40%
Written work: 30%
Exam: 30%

Off-campus attendance requirements

60 hours over three weeks

Prerequisites

Chinese 7 language level proficiency or by permission

Prohibitions

CHI1080, CHI1908, CHI2080, CHI2908, CHI3080, CHI3908, CHI4080, CHI4089, CHI5080

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