Course Title: Chinese Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1245

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

LANG1246

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Lynne Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3749

Course Coordinator Email: lynne.li@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.24


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Chinese 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

Chinese language and Society (LANG1245) builds communicative competence of Chinese language at an advanced level in topics of vocational interest. Based on the knowledge and skills acquired in Chinese 1 – 6, or through similar learning experience, it provides students with skills in oral and written communication through Chinese language and popular culture through different learning, teaching and research strategies through an introduction of language translation and interpreting skills.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims at further enhancing students’ skills of the Chinese language in four modes of skills for vocational purposes. Students will obtain an understanding of the contemporary Chinese society through the learning experience of translation and interpreting skills. The course will as well equip students with knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication.


This course is more than just about listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language; it also involves learning a second culture. Knowledge in cross-cultural communication and research skills in building up that knowledge are an integral and essential part of the course.
By the completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Communicate in both oral and written Chinese fluently and effectively for vocational needs;
  • Recognize and reproduce fairly fluently characters which are more vocationally orientated;
  • Discuss on issues, through using the Chinese language skills, around history, social, economic and political aspects of China with native-Chinese speakers;
  • Express one’s opinions and wishes using appropriate and accurate expressions;
  • Conduct various situational conversations proficiently at an advanced level;
  • Read and appreciate Chinese modern and classic literature;
  • Understanding basic knowledge around the area and industry of translation and interpreting;
  • Conduct simple translation and interpreting activities for daily life situations;

Cultural Knowledge and Research Skills:
The capability on research in areas of cultural values and norms, in connection with those of the other cultures, is interwoven with the language teaching and learning. The learning outcome is achieved through course materials and learning experiences, including class activities, watching Chinese movies, field excursions, etc.

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Communicate effectively in Chinese in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
• Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
• Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Chinese
• Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication
 


Overview of Learning Activities

Classes are conducted in a tutorial-seminar type format. Cultural understanding is used to further enhance the ideas of language and behaviour and their interrelationship as expressed in the aims of the course. Various role-plays, exercises, games and translating and interpreting activities are employed for students to enhance cross-cultural communication skills.


Overview of Learning Resources

References and resources will be accessible through the RMIT library. Other resources such as videos, guest speakers, and excursions are sought as appropriate.


Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc 

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.