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?
Topics: The home; employment; health; travelling information and lost property.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Describe your home.
-Talk about your job.
-Describe your symptoms at the doctor's.
-Discuss travelling information.
-Report lost property.
-Recognise 130 new characters.
-Increase ability in using active vocabulary in both spoken and written forms.
-Use more complex 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 2 or have an equivalent intermediate level of Chinese. A working knowledge of 400-500 characters would be an advantage.
You will need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will 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 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 used in class are provided by the tutor. 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).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Chinese 3 upper: 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