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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 24/06/2021 17:01:37

Title of Module: INTRODUCTION TO MANDARIN 1

Code: MAND07005 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:FERNANDO  LEON SOLIS

Summary of Module

This module is aimed at total beginners of Mandarin. No prior knowledge is required.  Students will be introduced to fundamentals of Mandarin: for example phonetics, characters, and some basic grammatical points. There will be a systematic approach to explanations of sentence structures in communicative scenarios and to vocabulary development.

Classes will be a mixture of lecture and seminar. In the lecture session of the class the main grammar points will be introduced. In the seminar section the grammar will be practised through grammatical exercises to make students aware of the workings of the language; presentations; role plays; pair-work exercises; and other interactive activities.

The topical content of these activities will include: greeting, asking for names, asking about the nationalities, numbers, asking about the address, family etc.. The students will also be introduced to some basic cultural conventions of China.

Mandarin will be the working vehicle of the class, where all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be developed. Students will be expected to practice outside class time by means of written assignments and other pieces of homework. Learning will also be supported by the use of on-line learning environments.

The level of success of the students will be evaluated by means of a mixture of written and oral tests.

The mode of delivery will typically be  2- hour classes per week for 12 weeks.


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Face-To-Face
Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Blended
A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations


Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Communicate orally at a basic level in situations involving personal information and daily activities at approximately the lower band of A1 level of the CEFR

L2. Demonstrate basic competence in listening skills in Mandarin at approximately the lower band of A1 level of the CEFR

L3. Extract a gist and some specified detail of uncomplicated texts relating to greetings, names, etc. at approximately the lower band of A1 level of the CEFR

L4. Write short texts in Mandarin regarding personal information, basic daily routines and describing people and places, at approximately the lower band of A1 level of the CEFR

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Understanding grammatical and syntactic concepts and elements of the Mandarin language

Demonstrating understanding of social conventions of Chinese-speaking cultures

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use of language skills relevant to everyday situations;

Understanding of written and recorded texts based on everyday situations;

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Giving personal information and information about the environment

Addressing day to day problems in Mandarin

Gathering information from a variety of sources

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Communicating in routine situations and in everyday problem situations.

Interpreting uncomplicated written and aural texts

Use of the Library and other virtual learning resources

Use of IT to present documents in an appropriate form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working individually or in teams, demonstrating initiative and decision-making skills

Managing basic resources and being able to address own learning needs.

Managing time in order to meet deadlines.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Other:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is a practical language class which offers the opportunity to students to develop their formal knowledge of the language and of prescribed topics. Students engage in a variety of activities in class and in independent study to practice their language skills. The four skills are developed through class activities: listening to audio/video recordings; working in pairs or in small groups to work on speaking skills, engaging in a variety of reading exercises to develop. Grammatical work is consolidated through related speaking tasks and homework exercises. The module is supported by the use of virtual learning environments.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study56
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity4
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Learning core textbook will be Experiencing Chinese Elementary Course (Volume 1) Higher Education Press. 2006

Additional materials: Hau-Yoon, Lucia. 1997. Practical Mandarin for beginners : a self study guide. Pretoria : University of South Africa/

Abraham, A. 2005 Chinese for Dummies Wiley Publishing Inc. Book/CD pack (or similar)

Meek, C. and Mao, Y. 1999 Breakthrough Chinese Macmillan Book/cassette pack (or similar)

Elementary/intermediate learner’s bilingual or monolingual dictionary (e.g. Cambridge, Oxford, Macmillan, Collins).

Discover China, Level 1. MacMmillan. 2014.

Extra class and homework material will be provided by the lecturer

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Attendance Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link: http://www.uws.ac.uk/current-students/rights-and-regulations/regulatory-framework/

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelLanguages
ModeratorPaul Pilger
External ExaminerF Lin
Accreditation Details
Version Number

1.03

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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
CLASS TEST 65%
COURSEWORK 35%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical work  check markcheck mark350
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

Footnotes
A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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Note(s):
  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity

Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link: http://www.uws.ac.uk/equality/

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.