Chinese 2 - 3rd Term

Course summary

  • Tue 18 Apr 2017 to Tue 20 Jun 2017
  • 7:30-9:30pm 10 meetings
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA
  • From £180.00
  • 5 CATS points
  • Course code O16P648XCW
  • ppweekly@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • In progress - closed to new applications

Chinese 2 - 3rd Term



Overview

This 10-week consolidation course is based on the syllabus of the previous two terms and is primarily tailored to meet the needs of students who completed the weekly class, but new students who are at the appropriate level of proficiency are also welcome. Students who missed some classes during the first two terms and wish to catch up for the next level up in the next academic year are encouraged to join.

This interactive course further develops the participants'language skills and understanding of the culture, society and daily life in China. To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:
* completed Chinese 1 or equivalent
* gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in Chinese
* achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in Chinese.

This elementary/lower intermediate level course is equivalent to level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese in a range of predictable situations and familiarize students with a wider range of simple grammar structures. Through the exploration of Chinese culture, students will broaden their understanding of Chinese society and daily life . The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and cultural awareness; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities, discussions, and role-plays.

Programme details

The programme will be tailored to suit the specific needs of the group to enhance all language skills and grammar. Students are encouraged to express their needs to the tutor who will aim to address these during the ten weeks.

Course Books;
Chen Xin, Jing Lili. Discover China Book 1  Student Book including Audio CD. ISBN 9780230405950

Recommended Websites;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/Chinese
http://www.cultural-china.com
http://www.digitaldialects.com/Chinese
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIWFv4mkJGE

Certification

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)

Libraries

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information. 

Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.

Fees

Course Fee: £180.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00

Funding

If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Mrs Zhao Huiqui Godfrey

Tutor

Born in the city of Tangshan in North China, Huiqiu Zhao studied English at the University of Shandong. She has been working as a freelance translator, interpreter, teacher and examiner in the UK since 1995.

Course aims

The aim of the third term is to:

  • consolidate what has been learnt throughout the first two terms, and
  • revise more challenging aspects of the language that are appropriate for the level


Course Objectives:
* To enable students to communicate in Chinese in simple routine tasks and on familiar topics and activities
* To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write short simple personal letters and messages
* To develop the reading comprehension skills for finding simple information in everyday material such as advertisements and menus
* To help develop an insight into the Chinese culture and daily life

Teaching methods

All the Departments language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on practising listening, speaking, and grammar structures as well as exploring the culture. Students are encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills in their own time.

Teaching outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills
Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:

STAGE 2
S Participate in simple prepared discussions in familiar contexts
L Understand simple conversation or spoken material in familiar situations
R Understand the gist of simple texts on familiar topics
W Write simple informal letters and descriptive paragraphs

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students'progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.
Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)