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Third Year Chinese Courses and Major

(picture above: students of the first year class are writting a test in 2013)

General Introduction of third year Chinese:

Third year Chinese courses are designed for students who have completed two years of Chinese at UCT to develop their language proficiency to the upper intermediate level. It will help students improve and solidify their ability to understand face-to-face conversations, give factual accounts, read texts related to a wide range of topics and write simple essays in Chinese. Focus will also be given to reading literary texts in all genres, including a selective reading of poetry, drama and prose in classic and modern Chinese. Discussion of the readings will be conducted in class, oral presentation and response essays are assigned.

This course is designed to help students 1) to continue to improve their modern Chinese skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and 2) to develop the skill to read authentic texts related to the students' topics of interests. For general modern Chinese proficiency improvement, students will read rigorously both literary and non-literally texts on a wide range of topic areas related to current events, social sciences, and the humanities. Discussions of the reading materials will be conducted regularly to develop students' skills in modern Chinese at a professional level. There will be a bi-weekly writing assignment based on materials covered in class. The course is conducted in Chinese, while English may be used in explanation.

The main objective is to further develop the skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. At the functional level, this course aims at helping students improve their ability to use the language as a means of communication both in spoken and written forms.

In this course, reading will be used as an integrated skill for other skills. Students will read rigorously both literary and non-literary texts on a wide range of topic areas related to current events, social sciences, history, and literature. Elaborate discussions on the reading materials will be conducted regularly to develop students' skills of abstract reasoning, narration and description. Grammatical points, sentence patterns and pragmatic uses are introduced and practiced through exercises. There will be a weekly writing assignment based on materials covered in class.

Third year and beyond

Before the third year courses are offered, we'll develop courses for individual students who have studied in China and attained a certain level of proficiency in Chinese, for example, passed HSK level 3 or 4. Such courses may not bear credits at the moment, yet would meet the needs of individual students who would like to keep up their Chinese and prepare for further studies in China. Students may talk to Prof. Shengyong Qin​ at the Confucius Institute in person.

When third-year courses begin to be offered at UCT, students may choose to study in Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China in the second semester. They will have to apply for the Confucius Institute Scholarship at the beginning of the year. The semester will begin in September and end by December in China. The scholarship will cover the tuition and living expenses for the semester, while students are responsible for their round trip air-ticket to China. The Confucius Institute will help the students to get the scholarship. Those who intend to do so also have to contact Prof. Shengyong Qin​ beforehand.

SLL31xxF Mandarin III A (offered from 2017)

NQF credits: 30

Third-year, first-semester course, five meetings per week plus tutorial

Convenor: Dr Yue Ma, Director of Chinese section at School of Language.

Entrance requirements

SLL2122S; or passing the Chinese languages test in NSC; or having studied in China for at least a semester of intensive Chinese; or HSK test level 3 and above.

Course Aims

This course is designed for students who have completed two years of Chinese to continue to develop their language proficiency to the upper intermediate level. It will help students improve solidify their ability to understand face-to-face conversations, give factual accounts, read texts related to a wide range of topics and write simple essays in Chinese. Focus will also be given to reading literary texts in all genres, including a selective readings of poetry, drama and prose by some ancient and modern Chinese writers. Discussion of the readings will be conducted in class, oral presentation and response essays are assigned.

Course outcomes

The students will have acquired, and be tested on, 500 new Chinese characters. They will read selections of literary texts by about 20 ancient and modern writers, appreciate them and respond to critical questions about the readings.

Textbooks

  1. New New Practical Chinese Reader, Book V

Lecture times: 3th period

DP requirements

Students are required to attend lectures, tutorials and lab work, to prepare adequately for the lectures, to complete the weekly assignments, and to take scheduled class tests. The DP certificate ma be refused to any student who falls short of performing the work of the course as so defined.

Assessment

The semester's work (assignments, oral and written tests and attendance) counts for 40%; a final written exam counts for 40%; and a final oral exam counts for 20%.

SLL31xxF Mandarin III B (offered from 2017)

NQF credits: 30

Third-year, second-semester course, five meetings per week plus tutorial

Convenor: Dr Yue Ma, Director of Chinese section at School of Language.

Entrance requirements

SLL31xxF or passing the Chinese languages test in NSC; or having studied in China for at least a semester of intensive Chinese; or HSK level 4 and above.

Course Aims

This course is designed for students who have completed two years of Chinese to continue to develop their language proficiency to the upper intermediate level. It will help students improve solidify their ability to understand face-to-face conversations, give factual accounts, read texts related to a wide range of topics and write simple essays in Chinese. Focus will also be given to reading literary texts in all genres, including a selective readings of poetry, drama and prose by some ancient and modern Chinese writers. Discussion of the readings will be conducted in class, oral presentation and response essays are assigned.

Course outcomes

The students will have acquired, and be tested on, 500 new Chinese characters. They will read selections of literary texts by about 20 ancient and modern writers, appreciate them and respond to critical questions about the readings.

Textbooks

  1. New New Practical Chinese Reader, Book VI

Lecture times: 3th period

DP requirements

Students are required to attend lectures, tutorials and lab work, to prepare adequately for the lectures, to complete the weekly assignments, and to take scheduled class tests. The DP certificate ma be refused to any student who falls short of performing the work of the course as so defined.

Assessment

The semester's work (assignments, oral and written tests and attendance) counts for 40%; a final written exam counts for 40%; and a final oral exam counts for 20%.