2020 Chinese Seminar: Culture and Society 2

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Second foreign language courses
Liu Anwei 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed for the graduate students who have learnt the Chinese phonological system, basic conversational topics, vocabulary and grammar. The main course objective for Chinese culture and society is to refine and further develop students’ abilities with spoken and written communication in Chinese, at same time, this course also expands what students know about Chinese culture and provides them with an introduction to modern Chinese society, and help them to have a better understanding of the relationship between China and Japan.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will have increased their knowledge about Chinese culture and society, develop students’ abilities with spoken and written communication in Chinese. This course also encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including: the ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication, a positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilizations


practical Chinese abilities Chinese Culture and Society relationship between China and Japan

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, the instructor will explain the essential points of the class, students are required to read the articles of Chinese and translate it into Japanese,. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day., The instructor shows solutions to the exercise problems, and give students homework to write compositions, will check it every other week.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The Chinese tea 1 Review of complex sentence 1
Class 2 The Chinese tea 2 Review of complex sentence 2
Class 3 The Chese food 1 Optative verbs 1
Class 4 The Chese food 2 Optative verbs 2
Class 5 The story of the Yangzi River 1 Coordinative complex sentence 1
Class 6 The story of the Yangzi Rive 2 Coordinative complex sentence 2
Class 7 A topic about Chinese character 1 Final exam Rhetorical question

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Text book specified by the instructor

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required

Assessment criteria and methods

Final exam

Related courses

  • LAL.C361 : Chinese Conversation: Advanced Course 1
  • LAL.C362 : Chinese Conversation: Advanced Course 2
  • LAL.C363 : Chinese Conversation: Advanced Course 3
  • LAL.C364 : Chinese Conversation: Advanced Course 4

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have completed basic Chinese courses.

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