Advanced Practical Chinese
|At least a B4 in the GCE ‘O’ Level Chinese or its equivalent (except students in the Division of Chinese and citizens of Mainland China and Taiwan)
This course is designed for students who are already able to speak Mandarin in everyday life situations but are seeking to improve their practical language skills in formal settings, including public, business and professional situations. Through lively authentic teaching materials (print/non-print), such as newspapers, media reports, web resources, and clips of interviews, TV shows and movies, etc, students will be extensively exposed to advanced Chinese language and multiple topics reflecting society, culture and economics. The course will be conducted in a highly interactive mode. Students will be motivated to take active participation in carefully designed activities including forum-like tutorials, group discussions, presentations, debates, group project, etc. The course is aimed not only to train students to be professional in Mandarin listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, but also to cultivate a higher degree of social and cultural sensitivity.
Based on an opinion survey conducted among undergraduate students at NTU, the content of the course is organized around the following topics:
- Interpersonal relationship
- Sports and entertainment
- Job applications
- Investment & doing business
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to master the following abilities in Chinese:
- Master sufficient specialized words and terms in their interested areas (education, career development, business environment) and appropriately use them in structures required for formal style;
- Prepare scripts for public speaking/ summaries of discussion sessions or meetings in a given period of time;
- Engage in formal discussions on various topics;
- Give public speeches and presentations to the class and receive on-spot feedback for discussion and improvements;
- Be able to read newspaper articles, blogs and official documents and correspondence;
- Be able to take message and write brief summary in Chinese; and write basic business communications including meeting minutes, emails, letters, reports etc.