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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Chinese Language and Culture 2 (A1.2)
Module Code ZH3002
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mengdi Wang
Semester 2: Mengdi Wang
Autumn: Mengdi Wang
Module TeachersMengdi Wang
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The ZH3002 module is designed for students who have a basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese and wish to further develop their language skills. This module aims to consolidate the students' foundation in Chinese language and expand their communicative abilities in everyday situations (such as daily routine, direction inquiries, taking taxi, hotel bookings). Through interactive activities and cultural exploration, students will enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students learn to read and write Chinese characters, and be able to reflect on how culture and language interact in China. By the end of this module, students are expected to achieve proficiency at the A1.2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand a variety of texts that follow a predictable pattern such as advertisements, menus, maps, and timetables, demonstrating comprehension of basic information and key details.
2. Demonstrate effective oral skills in a range of social situations such as engaging in conversations about daily routines, making direction inquiries, and expressing personal preferences.
3. Produce simple and coherent texts in writing on matters of personal relevance using simple words and basic expressions. Engage in basic online social communication, such as writing simple messages for special occasions and sending texts in Chinese on instant messaging apps.
4. Develop accurate pronunciation of Chinese sounds and tones with increasing awareness of common errors and strategies for improvement.
5. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of basic Chinese cultural customs, traditions, and etiquette. Recognise cultural differences and similarities between Chinese culture and the students' own culture.
6. Develop strategies for self-directed language learning, including using language learning resources, practicing outside of class, and seeking opportunities for language immersion.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Class contact hours
Independent Study33Autonomously learning outside the classroom aiming to foster student's language competence. For example, participation in the activities organised in the Language Culture Space.
Assignment Completion25Completion of prescribed homework and assigments required to monitor the progress of the student.
Portfolio Preparation45Preparation, creation and final submission of the portfolio.
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 is based on completion of a learning portfolio, which show evidence of independent learning and completion of the learning outcomes of the module.50%n/a
ParticipationAttendance to at least 50% of seminars10%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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