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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Chinese Language and Culture 1 (A1.1)
Module Code ZH3001
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mengdi Wang
Semester 2: Mengdi Wang
Autumn: Mengdi Wang
Module TeachersElena Lopez
Mengdi Wang
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module is designed for students who are interested in learning Chinese but have no prior knowledge of the language. It encompasses both language and cultural aspects. The primary goal of this module is to create an interactive language environment that fosters learning through engaging in pair and group communicative tasks both inside and outside the classroom. By actively participating in these tasks, students will not only enhance their language skills but also develop their intercultural communication competence. Students will develop understanding of both the shared elements and the unique characteristics of Chinese culture in comparison to their own cultures. By the end of this module, students are expected to achieve proficiency at the A1.1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate basic proficiency in spoken Mandarin Chinese, including asking and responding to simple questions in everyday situations, such as greeting, self-introduction, food ordering.
2. Understand basic structures of the Chinese writing system-Characters. Be able to produce simple texts in writing on matters of personal relevance as well as personal online postings using short sentences about e.g personal information, hobbies, likes and dislikes.
3. Understand the basic principles of pronunciation-Pinyin and some simple grammar structures.
4. Appreciate and demonstrate basic knowledge of Chinese culture and customs, including festivals, number superstitions, Chinese diet and cuisine differences.
5. Begin building an awareness of social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland (or their own country) and Chinese-speaking countries.
6. Critically reflect on their own learning to identify future progression in Chinese through e-portfolio.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Class contact hours
Assignment Completion25Completion of prescribed homework and assigments required to monitor the progress of the student
Independent Study33Autonomously learning outside the classroom will foster student's language competence. For example, participation in activities in the Language Culture Space or the use of online resources to support language learning.
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, creation, design and final submission of the E-Portfolio (E-Reflect) in Loop for assessment to show evidence of individual and directed learning.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioProgress based on the completion of a number of entries in the E-Portfolio, that show evidence of independent learning and completion of activities during the semester.50%n/a
ParticipationAttendance to at least 50% of seminars.10%n/a
Performance evaluationParticipation and engagement in the development of a project.40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
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