Modern Chinese - Elementary level I

lchin1100  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Modern Chinese - Elementary level I
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
9 credits
120.0 h
Q1 and Q2
Teacher(s)
Du Xiaofei (coordinator);
Language
French
Prerequisites
None, as it is a course for beginners. Together with the course LCHIN1300, it makes up the elementary level of Chinese at the ILV.
Main themes
The course covers every day and familiar topics such as: introducing oneself, talking about family, shopping, telephoning, telling the time, talking about the weather.
Course activities cover the following:
  • Identification and reproduction of the tones of the Chinese language and pronunciation exercises
  • Introduction to pinyin and the transcription of tones
  • Introduction to writing Chinese ideograms
  • Learning a reasonable number of everyday words
  • Construction of simple sentences (orally and in writing)
  • Learning a first series of classifiers
  • Question/answer exercises
  • Reading leant texts aloud
  • Dictation
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

By the end of the course, the student should have acquired:
  • the rules of Chinese writing: the direction of strokes, the roots; how to break down an unknown ideogram, determine the number of strokes and the root
  • pinyin with its tones, pronunciation
  • basic grammatical structures
  • basic vocabulary
  • comprehension of messages relating to simple and familiar situations
  • the ideograms (simplified) taught during the course (+/- 250)
  • the ability to construct simple sentences
  • the ability to ask simple questions and answer them
  • the ability to read simple sentences using the vocabulary learned
 
Content
This course aims to teach the basics of the Chinese language: pronunciation, the tones, basic sentence structure, writing, its alphabetic transcription, called 'pinyin' (internationally recognised official transcription). Right from the first lesson, the students start to speak and interact in simple and familiar situations, and read and write ideograms
Explanatory note
As the Chinese language does not belong to the family of Indo-European languages, it is not easy to put the course specification information in such a way that fits into the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The learner of Chinese is confronted with a particular situation throughout the learning process: he/she is looking at a language which seldom has any equivalence with a European language as regards pronunciation ' in addition, Chinese is a tonal language ' and as regards writing, which is not alphabetic but ideographic. This automatically involves learning and memorising each ideogram one by one.   Learning to write is a life-long process for Chinese people too and explains why this is a slow process compared to alphabet-based writing systems. In addition, the learner is faced with a completely different type of grammar, Chinese being invariable. Its grammar, which is nevertheless complex, is unlike the grammar of any European language. These points mean that a different type of teaching and learning method is necessary to overcome the difficulties inherent in learning a language of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Audiovisual method
Each lesson comprises a mini-scenario presenting the theme of the lesson
The visual support allows vocabulary to be introduced directly in Chinese, without the need to translate.
Each 4-hour lesson is made up as follows: 40% oral, 60% written work. In additional, there is homework.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

  1. General revision at the end of the year.
  2. Q1 test (partial written exam) represents 2 points of the final mark.
  3. Final exam:
    7 points (oral),
    11 points (written)

    Exceptional case: if the student can not take the Q1 test, with a valid justification, the written part will correspond to 11 points of the final mark.
     
  4. Continuous assessment : 2 points of the final mark.
  5. Learners have to obtain 10/20 to be admitted to the elementary level II
Other information
  • The teacher can be consulted during her office hours during the whole academic year.
  • Non-UCL students who take the end-of-year exam may ask for an ILV certificate.
  • A1 Level of the 'Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Bibliography
Deux syllabus accompagnent le cours:
  1. Un syllabus reprenant les idéogrammes du cours
  2. Un syllabus de cours, comprenant
    Le vocabulaire et les idéogrammes de la semaine
    Des exercices de vocabulaire
    Des exercices de grammaire
    Des exercices d'écriture
    Des exercices de lecture
    Les textes étudiés
    Les devoirs hebdomadaires
    Fiches culturelles
Des exercices audio de révision sont disponibles sur Moodle.
Faculty or entity


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Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelor in Information and Communication

Minor in Chinese studies