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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Chinese Language and Culture 3 (A2.1)
Module Code ZH3003
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

This module is designed for students who have completed the elementary level or possess a basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese. This module aims to further develop students' language skills, focusing on expanding vocabulary, improving grammatical accuracy, and enhancing their ability to communicate effectively in Chinese. It will enable students to acquire the necessary language skills to carry out practical tasks in real-life situations, such as seeking medical assistance, obtaining public transportation information, and making requests for refunds or returns etc. Through engaging activities and cultural exploration, students will deepen their understanding of Chinese language and culture. By the end of this module, students are expected to achieve proficiency at the A2.1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to understand and use specialised vocabulary in real-life situations, such as medical consultations, transportation inquiries, and customer service interactions. Be able to extract information from a variety of basic authentic texts.
2. Engage in conversations and discussions on a wide range of topics, expressing ideas, giving explanations, and making requests with confidence.
3. Produce short texts on matters of personal relevance e.g. write short basic descriptions of events, activities and personal experiences. Confidently engage in basic social communication online, including sharing news, seeking medical advice, obtaining public transportation information, and making requests for refunds or returns.
4. Improve grammatical accuracy by mastering more complex sentence structures and sentence patterns.
5. Continue identifying economic, social and cultural similarities and differences between Ireland and Chinese-speaking countries.
6. Utilise language-specific resources, such as dictionaries, online tools, and multimedia materials, to support independent language learning and research. Critically reflect on their own learning path in the future progression.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22Class contact hours
Independent Study33Autonomous learning outside the classroom aiming to foster student's language and cultural 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
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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