Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VIII

Fall 2021 (3 credits)

Co-ordinator: Dr. Xin Liang
Dr. Xin Liang

Students who would like to enroll in this course should refer to the Guidelines for Chinese Course Selection. For enquiries, please email

Course Description

This course follows on from LANG 1126 (Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VII), designed for UG and RPG students of non-Chinese language background, who have already learned Chinese for seven our semesters or about 350 hours. Students who wish to take this course must satisfy the prerequisite of LANG 1126 or its equivalence.
Building on LANG1126, the course aims:

  • to further enhance students’ confidence and competence in Chinese communication through practice with particular emphasis on both oral and written communications involving very complex language structures, functions, and situations, and very advanced comprehensive listening, speaking, reading and writing skills training;
  • to help them further develop listening and speaking skills for communicating in Putonghua for social, cultural, and professional purposes through project–based learning; and
  • to further enhance their reading and writing skills through learning activities incorporated with project-related texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand Putonghua with a variety of accents
  • understand other person’s self-introduction and grasp the key information
  • understand speeches related to familiar research topics and can ask questions on content or give comments
  • introduce oneself in a clear and organized manner
  • present the research background, questions, methods and findings clearly and precisely
  • use transition language and connectives accurately and naturally
  • get the gist, locate important facts and details from a research paper
  • understand accurately narrative compositions, get the gist, locate specific details and understand the intention of the writer
Writing ability:
  • master the basics of paragraph writing
  • write a narrative description of oneself
  • compose an author’s introduction for an academic paper
  • write a research proposal
  • work with team members and collaboratively produce a research report
Leadership and teamwork
  • collaborate with team-members to finish a project
International outlook
  • form an opinion on current topic about China
  • express ideas comparing of the similarities and differences about various cultures

Course Contents & Schedule

Week Unit
1-2 Unit 1: Self-introduction
3-4 Unit 2: Project proposal
5-6 Unit 3: Oral presentation skill
6 Assessment One
7-8 Unit 4: Research method
9-10 Unit 5: Research findings
11 Unit 6: Research conclusion
12 Assessment Two
13 Assessment Three, Four & Five

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Course Assessment

Assessment Content Percentage
1 Oral presentation of project proposal 20%
2 Oral presentation of project findings 20%
3 Project final paper 25%
4 Study reflection 20%
5 Peer evaluation + Online learning platform discussion contribution 10%+5%

Learning resources

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Study in China

Beijing 北京

Beijing Language and Culture University, 北京语言大学
Beijinga Foreign Studies University, 北京外国语大学
Peking University, 北京大学

Shanghai 上海

Shanghai International Studies University, 上海外国语大学
Fudan University, 复旦大学
Shanghai Jiaotong University, 上海交通大学

Guangzhou 广州

Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学)
Jinan University (暨南大学)

Travel in China

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Students are expected to attend classes, and attendance will be taken. There is no need for students to provide any written documentation in case of your absence. Any student who is absent for 20% of total classroom contact hours will receive a fail grade (The attendance of add/drop period also count). Being late consistently will also negatively affect the final grade.

Other information

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Co-ordinator: Xin Liang
Instructors: Xin Liang

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