Course Title: Chinese 2 (Intensive)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese 2 (Intensive)

Credit Points: 36


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1271

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Xiaowen Fan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4402

Course Coordinator Email: xiaowen.fan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Chinese 1 (Intensive) before you commence this course.

OR

You may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge to enrol in Chinese 2 (Intensive). If uncertain, before you start this course contact the Course Coordinator to determine the appropriate level of Chinese study for you.

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c
 


Course Description

This course is the second of two full-time intensive mode courses in Chinese offered at RMIT University.

This course continues to develop your communicative competence, and aims to consolidate your reading, writing, oral and comprehension in Chinese through a range of activities including class presentation, expository writing and translation.

You will develop advanced skills in oral and written communication skills through interactive class activities using authentic materials, such as a Chinese TV series or a feature film. You will critically reflect on contemporary Chinese society, literature and language use, and consider the relationships between behaviour, language and literature.

This course will prepare you for further study in the field of either Chinese language studies or translation studies, thus broadening your career opportunities in multicultural environments.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following Diploma of Languages program capabilities:

  • 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 life long learning of languages


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written Chinese using a variety of registers in different social and professional contexts.
  • Evaluate and debate contemporary social issues in China and be able to discuss these issues in intermediate level Chinese language with native Chinese speakers.
  • Analyse and appreciate a range of authentic spoken, written and multimedia materials in Chinese, including film, multimedia and Chinese classic literature.
  • Apply a range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning as an autonomous and spontaneous language learner.
  • Critically examine areas of historical, economic political and cultural values and norms in China, and using Chinese language contrast them with the Australian context.
     


Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations.
Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only Chinese. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended language dictionary. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through MyRMIT Studies.


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.

  • 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 the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment