At the end of the course the course participants will be able to:
- describe the characteristics of the Chinese language;
- apply basic grammar rules and 150 words to construct simple sentences;
- carry out 15 thematic dialogues;
- recognize the meaning and Pinyin transcriptions of phrases and sentences based on the combination of the 200 Chinese characters;
- write phrases and sentences based on the combination of 200 given Chinese characters (thus reproduction is not required);
- recognize some of the differences and similarities between the culture of Chinese-speaking countries and your own culture in terms of values, beliefs and behavior.
The intended end level is Level 1 of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF
- The target language of this course is Mandarin Chinese.
- The final grade will be determined through writing tests (20%), weekly assignments (30%), speaking performance assessments (30%), and final HSK 1 evaluation (20%).
- Native speakers of any Chinese languages (for example Mandarin or Cantonese) may not take this course. Please contact the teacher.
- An attendance of 80% is required (3 lectures absent maximally).
- Learning a language takes time. This course consists of 13 lectures. In total, students will spend about 8 hours per week on this course: 3 hours for lectures and 5 hours for self-study (to prepare the weekly tests and to work on the writing and recording assignments). In addition, students will spend 12 hours to prepare the speaking assessments.
- This course is for students who have NEVER learned Chinese. If you have any prior learning experiences of the Chinese language, please contact the teacher to make sure whether this course suits your level.
- The intended end level is Level 1 of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).
- The classroom language is mostly Chinese, but the explanation will be in English.
- In case of low enrolment numbers, the Language Center remains the right to cancel a course.
Basic computer skills and experience with the digital learning environments of CANVAS
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This beginners' course focuses on 15 topics from every day and school life. The attention is drawn to the topics in the field of social communication: greeting each other, family, jobs, food & drinks, expressing numbers, time, place words (at home and school), activities & hobbies, invitation of going out and weather, etc.
13 x 3 hours lectures
Type of instructions
Written Tests (20%), weekly assignments (30%), speaking assessments (30%) and HSK 1 evaluation (20%).
Type of exams