Chinese Language 2

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This course offers students a further introduction to modern Mandarin. Students will develop practical writing and speaking skills in modern Mandarin as well as an expanded vocabulary, and will learn a number of Chinese characters. They will practice writing and using simple and common Chinese characters. The course also gives a practical review of the basic elements of grammar.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to read and write simple texts and have conversations about everyday topics in Mandarin.

The students- Will have acquired basic vocabulary and grammatical understanding- Will have acquired approximately 300 words connected with daily life and 160 new characters.

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Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good skills in English. KIN101 or equivalent.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
15 credits reduction if combined with KIN622 or KIN624
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Instruction is organized as a series of lectures and seminars. There will be 10-12 hours of teaching a week, for 6 weeks during the second half of the semester.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

This course has 5 at-home assignments. In order to be eligible to take the exam, students must turn in and have 4 of these assignments approved, and attend 75 % of the classes. In addition, the students must give and pass minimum one oral presentation in class in order to qualify for the exam.

The compulsory course assignments are valid for one semester after the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment
A four-hour written exam in grammar and reading and writing skills.
Grading Scale
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.
Assessment Semester
The exam is offered in the same semester as the course as well as in the following semester for those who have completed the compulsory course assignments.
Reading List
A textbook for new beginners, workbook, and multimedia tools.
Course Evaluation
The teaching will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Course Administrator
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.