Chinese Language and Culture Courses

 

CHIN9501 - 9508: Mandarin

CHIN9511 - 9512: Cantonese

CHIN21-22: Chinese culture course

Mandarin Course Orientation

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Mandarin Orientation

Students applying for CHIN9501-06  should:

(i) register through the Student Internet by the deadline of the add-drop period,

(ii) SEND THE CLASS TEACHER** a completed Statement of Current Level of Proficiency in Chinese Language and pre-course test answer sheet before the first lesson.  Click here to download Question paper.  (Note: Applications will not be considered unless the above procedures are followed.)

Timetable

1. CHIN9501 Chinese as a Foreign Language I (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1501)

This course is for foreign students who DO NOT have previous knowledge of Chinese. It covers five main areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and typing which will require pinyin-word processing and actual writing of Chinese characters.

Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9501 Course Outline

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2. CHIN9502 Chinese as a Foreign Language II (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1502)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9501 or who can demonstrate equivalent competence in the placement test. A greater emphasis will be placed on oral drills and listening comprehension. Upon the completion of the course, students should be able to write an essay of 300 characters.

Students will also be exposed to various aspects of Chinese culture and history in learning the origins of Chinese characters and idioms.

Prerequisite: CHIN9501 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9502 Course Outline

3. CHIN9503 Chinese as a Foreign Language III (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN2501)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9502 or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) Level 2. It aims to further develop students’ audio-lingual proficiency as well as raise their reading and writing ability. Students can use information obtained from the course to converse with Chinese people, and present speeches based on the assigned topics. Emphasis will be placed on everyday topics and common patterns so that students can experience communication in Chinese.

Prerequisite: CHIN9502 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9503 Course Outline

4. CHIN9504 Chinese as a Foreign Language IV (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN2502)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9503 or have attained an equivalent level of competency. It aims to develop the student’s overall language skills through reading and discussion of contemporary affairs. Students will not only distinguish the difference between written language and spoken language, but will also gain the ability to understand and speak Chinese in a variety of situations.

Prerequisite: CHIN9503 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9504 Course Outline

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5. CHIN9505 Chinese as a Foreign Language V (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN3501)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9504 or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) Level 3. It aims to increase students’ communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating. It also provides in-depth study of Chinese culture and society. It familiarizes students with 150 core sentences, 450 new words, and 200 most frequently used Chinese characters in addition to 1400 Chinese characters acquired from previous levels.

Prerequisite: CHIN9504 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9505 Course Outline

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6. CHIN9506 Chinese as a Foreign Language VI (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN3502)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9505 or have attained an equivalent level of competency. It aims to increase students’ communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating. It also provides in-depth study of Chinese culture and society. It familiarizes students with another 600 new words, 200 most frequently used Chinese characters, in addition to 1600 Chinese characters and 150 core sentences learnt. The course will be conducted mainly in Chinese.

Prerequisite: CHIN9505 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9506 Course Outline

7. CHIN9507 Chinese as a Foreign Language VII (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN4501/ CHIN3503)  --> to be offered in the 2nd semester, 2020/21

This intensive course is for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9506 or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) level 4.  It aims to enhance students’ communicative competence, specifically targeting at speaking, reading and writing.  Students will be exposed to Chinese society and culture through a greater variety of topical presentations and discussions.  The course will teach 400 new characters and phrases on top of about 1800 characters accumulated in previous levels.  Students are required to write compositions of 750 or more characters.

Prerequisite: CHIN9506 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9507 Course Outline  (to be updated)

8. CHIN9508 Chinese as a Foreign Language VIII (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN4502/ CHIN3504) --> to be offered in the 2nd semester, 2020/21

This intensive course is for those foreign students who have completed CHIN9507 or CHIN9506, or attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 4-5. The Students will be exposed to some hot topics on Chinese society and culture through the study of the textbook and Chinese news articles. Students will write a topical report and express opinions on some selected social and media topics to strengthen comprehension and writing abilities. Presentation and in-class discussion are designed for students to improve speaking and listening skills. This course will teach 300 new phrases on top of about 2000 characters accumulated in previous levels, with the focus on Chinese news words.

Prerequisite: CHIN9507 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9508 Course Outline  (to be updated)

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9. CHIN9511 Cantonese as a Foreign Language I (6 credits) (old course title: CLDC0001/ CHIN1511)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have no prior knowledge of Cantonese. The course introduces students to present-day Cantonese, with an emphasis on learning correct pronunciation through the Jyutping phonetic romanization transcription system and basic structure. It aims to develop fundamental oral communication skills through a variety of situational conversations in a highly interactive classroom.

Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9511 Course Outline

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10. CHIN9512 Cantonese as a Foreign Language II (6 credits)

This intensive course is designed for international undergraduate students, exchange and visiting students (Non‐Heritage Learners) who have completed CHIN9511 or who can demonstrate equivalent competence in the placement test. It aims at strengthening students’ mastery of the phonetic romanization transcription, the Jyutping system, and at enhancing their competence in expressing themselves in the language. A greater emphasis will be placed on oral drills and listening comprehension. More practical sentence patterns and a large range of useful words and expressions related to various aspects of life will be introduced as well.

Prerequisite: CHIN9511 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9512 Course Outline

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11. CHIN9521 The Fundamentals of Chinese Characters (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1521)

This intensive course is intended for international students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. It is designed to introduce the origins and evolution of Chinese characters. The formation and the structure of Chinese characters will be emphasized to help students to break the puzzles of Chinese written form. This course also familiarizes students with the distinctive features of the Chinese characters as a means to introduce them to the unique characteristics of the Chinese language and culture. Students will be equipped with the writing skills to copy any Chinese characters in correct stroke-order and will be familiar with the commonly used components of combined characters after this course. The course will teach up to 220 Chinese characters and about 350 compound words. Students are taught how to use Chinese dictionaries in order to continue learning Chinese characters by themselves.

Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9521 Course Outline

12. CHIN9522 Exploration of Major Cultural Themes across Chinese History (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1522)

A history and culture course that familiarizes students with China and its past, approached from non-traditional perspectives. The course introduces international students to Chinese history, schools of thoughts, cultural themes and achievements in Chinese civilization; highlights differences and similarities between Chinese and other cultures; stimulates students’ interest in deeper understanding of China, its people, its history and its culture in the global context.  Students are required to make presentations on assigned topics.

Assessment: 100% coursework

 

CHIN9522 Course Outline

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