2020 Chinese Seminar: Culture and Society 3

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Academic unit or major
Second foreign language courses
Instructor(s)
Zhan Xiaomei 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed5-6(Zoom)  
Group
-
Course number
LAL.C433
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course is designed for the graduate students who have learned 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 civilisations

Keywords

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 Confirm the Chinese level of the students, get the field where the students’ interested in about Chinese culture and society, and discuss the class plan. To be announced during classes.
Class 2 Read articles:on Chinese History 1 To be announced during classes.
Class 3 Read articles:on Chinese History 2 To be announced during classes.
Class 4 Read articles:on Chinese customs To be announced during classes.
Class 5 Read articles:on Chinese society To be announced during classes.
Class 6 Read masterpieces on Chinese Literature 1 To be announced during classes.
Class 7 Read masterpieces on Chinese Literature 2 To be announced during classes.

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.

Textbook(s)

None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on ordinary exercises (60%) and report (40%).

Related courses

  • LAL.C331 : Chinese: Intermediate Course 1
  • LAL.C332 : Chinese: Intermediate Course 2

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

This course is designed for the graduate students who have learned the Chinese phonological system, basic conversational topics, vocabulary and grammar.

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