What is the course about?
The course aims to build on the language and skills that you have acquired in the previous three years and to extend your range of vocabulary and communicative competence. It also aims to consolidate your reading and writing of Chinese characters.
What will we cover?
Contents: actions related to direction; personal interests related to daily life such as hobbies, health and traditional food, likes and dislikes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Pass on a message.
-Talk about your hobbies: the books you like to read, the style clothes you like, etc.
-Talk about the food you like and dislike.
-Recognise 120 new characters.
-Use different sentence patterns within spoken and written forms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable if you have completed Chinese 3 module 1 or have an equivalent intermediate level of Chinese. A working knowledge of 400-500 characters would be an advantage.
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will also need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g using money, telling the time, reading timetables). It is essential that you have a knowledge of basic 9such 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 used in class are provided by the tutor. You will not be working with a particular textbook.You will not be working with a particular textbook. However, you can purchase the following course book for self-study: Chinese in Steps. (3)
This book can be bought in: Grant and Cutler - www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) or the European Bookshop
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Chinese 3 lower: module 3.
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