LANG 5101

Basic Chinese for International Management

This is a course restricted to students in the MSc in International Management program with no previous knowledge of Chinese. It aims to offer them a foundation in language so that they can communicate effectively and appropriately in spoken Putonghua and written Chinese in undemanding contexts. Basic mastery of the Chinese phonological and syntactic systems by students is also expected.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Pronounce and produce words or sentences with a fair degree of accuracy.

2. Achieve communicative tasks relevant to business contexts in relatively simple terms.

3. Understand simple, familiar, brief and clear discourse related to personal or everyday life.

4. Produce simple sentence structures, provide descriptions, and exchange some ideas on familiar and common topics.

5. Develop confidence and interest in learning the Chinese language.

6. Gain basic Chinese cultural knowledge and acquire a degree of cultural awareness.

7. Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs of business professionals.

8. Introduce themselves and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have.

9. Interact in a simple way provided the interlocutor talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.