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Basic Chinese I (Mandarin)

Course Code: MODL 1191
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Modern Languages
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lab, Seminar
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Chinese. It is designed to provide them with basic oral and written communicative skills through the study of vocabulary, grammar and culture. Chinese is used in class as much as possible

Course Content

Systematic introduction of:

  1. Basic syntactic structures (daily expressions and some idiomatic phrases)
  2. Basic lexicon (to a minimum of 200 lexical items)
  3. Basic strokes and components of Chinese characters
  4. The phonological system of Mandarin (Pinyin or romanized Chinese phonetic transcription, including tones)
  5. Some aspects of the Chinese culture

Methods of Instruction

The functional and communicative approach is used where appropriate. Classroom activities include:

  • presentation of material by the instructor, practice in pairs and small groups, listening comprehension, audiovisual presentations, on-line materials and conversation labs in small groups with a Native Language Assistant.

Means of Assessment

Written Evaluations
(May include but not limited to writing and reading exercises, chapter tests, paragraph writing, written homework, preparation, Final Written Exam)
60%
Oral Evaluations
(May include but not limited to oral tests, oral presentations, listening comprehension, conversation lab, attendance, preparation, class participation, Final Oral Exam)
40%

No single evaluation will be worth more than 20%.

Learning Outcomes

The student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in Mandarin at the basic level in:

  1. Aural comprehension of simple discourse
  2. Reading comprehension of simplified texts, in both Pinyin and Chinese letters
  3. Speech delivery: extend greetings, express needs, ask questions and give replies
  4. Written expression: simple sentences and short dialogues, in Chinese characters
  5. Understanding target cultures

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.