What is the course about?
The course aims to:
- build on the skills/languages acquired in levels 1 and 2
- extend your range of spoken vocabulary and written characters
- increase your communicative competence and familiarise you with variations of voice/accent (male and female).
What will we cover?
Topics from Elementary Chinese Readers 2 (Revised Edition) by Sinolingue, Beijing, chapters 32-33.
Pronunciation practice, more Chinese grammar and character writing, plus daily conversational topics.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make a phone call and write emails
- Describe your home
- Be a guest in a Chinese family
- Write an informal letter to a Chinese friend
- Use more characters (60-80).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students will need to have attended Stages 1 and 2 lower, have completed stage 1 module 2 or have an equivalent intermediate level of Chinese. A working knowledge of 300 characters would be an advantage.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g using money, telling the time, etc). It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic (such as nouns and verbs) and more intermediate grammar terminology.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Chinmese 3 lower: module 1 in September.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details