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This unit introduces students who have little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin to the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through an integrated communicative approach to teaching. Content will include: the Mandarin sound and tonal systems; the Pinyin Romanisation system; introduction to Chinese character writing, greetings and introductions; expression of family relations, and talking about nationalities, places, objects, locations and directions.
Mandarin Chinese is the Modern Standard Chinese spoken as the national language in China. It is also spoken by people in Taiwan, Singapore and in many Chinese communities outside China. This unit is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and who will be instructed in the four macro-skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the language through an integrated communicative approach. Australia-born students of native Chinese parents who have some facility in Mandarin or another Chinese dialect will be considered on a case-by-case basis for enrolment. This subject is not for native speakers of other Chinese dialects who have undergone education in Chinese outside Australia and who can read and write Chinese character script. In this unit, both Pinyin (the Chinese phonetic spelling system) and Chinese characters are introduced with an increasing attention paid to reading and writing Chinese characters. An introduction to aspects of Chinese culture is an integral part of the language learning process.
This unit is aimed to help students lay a solid foundation in the use of Mandarin, i.e. Modern Standard Chinese.
Course Assurance of Learning Goals (Undergraduate)
The QUT Business School has established the Assurance of Learning (AoL) Goals to meet contemporary industry needs and standards. Achieving these learning outcomes will assist you to meet the desired graduate outcomes set at QUT - aligned with other internationally renowned business schools.
Knowledge and Technological Skills (KS)
1.1 Demonstrate and apply integrated discipline (including technical) knowledge across the broad field of business with depth in one or more core business disciplines
1.2 Apply technical and technological skills appropriate and effective for real world business purposes and contexts.
Higher Order Thinking (HO)
2.1 Investigate real world business issues and situations through the effective analysis, evaluation and synthesis of theory and practice
2.2 Exercise independent judgment and initiative in adapting and applying knowledge and skills for effective planning, problem solving and decision making in diverse contexts.
Professional Communication (PC)
3.1 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in written forms and using media appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts
3.2 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in oral forms, appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts.
Teamwork and Self (TS)
4.1 Exercise self-reflection, responsibility and accountability in relation to own learning and professional practice.
4.2 Apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration across diverse purposes and contexts
Social, Ethical and Global Understanding (SE)
5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and practices in analysing and responding to business issues
5.2 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of socially responsible behaviour in analysing and addressing business issues in national and international business contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes
The specific course learning goals that apply to this unit are shown in the assessment section of this unit outline.
Upon completion of this unit, students should:
1. Have acquired a basic working knowledge of the Mandarin sound system, which enables students to speak and read Chinese words and texts written in Chinese pinyin/phonetic spelling system;
2. Have learned a range of basic Mandarin language forms and structures, which enables students to conduct everyday exchanges within the range of topics studied;
3. Have developed a basic understanding of the Chinese writing system and have acquired the basic skills in reading and writing Chinese characters;
4. Have gained a preliminary understanding of some characteristics of Chinese society and culture.
Topics to be covered will include:
1. General introduction to Chinese language;
2. Mandarin Pinyin system (Mandarin pronunciation and tones)
3. Introduction to Chinese character writing;
4. Everyday formulaic social expressions, i.e. greetings, farewell, etc;
5. Chinese currency system and changing currencies
6. Buying food, drinks and other things;
7. Talking about nationalities, people, places and objects;
8. Asking for and telling about the location of things and people.
There will be two 2-hour sessions each week. An eclectic approach will be employed to the delivery of the unit contents - communicative skills will be developed through a wide range of tasks and activities, which includes pair-work, group work and individual homework on a regular basis.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
Textbooks & other resources
Short-Term Spoken Chinese Book 1
Short-Term Spoken Chinese CDs1x2
Hanyu Xiezuo Jiaocheng
(A Coursebook in Chinese Writing: Elementary Book 1, Type A)
Textbooks are available from QUT Bookstore, Gardens Point Campus.
Textbooks are to be purchased prior to commencement of the subject.
There are no out-of-the-ordinary risks associated with lectures or tutorials in this unit. You should, however, familiarise yourself with evacuation procedures operating in the buildings in which you attend classes and take the time to
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