Module title: Intercultural Competence through Mandarin

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LNG08124
Module leader: Vivien Xiaowei Zhou
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Vivien Xiaowei Zhou
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Classes for this module are in tutorial form and are highly interactive. Participants will continuously practise their speaking, listening, reading and writing (LO1, LO2) skills in Mandarin, using the resources of the language laboratories and the languages server. Participants will work on simple research tasks to critically engage with sociocultural topics in both English and Mandarin. These tasks require the participants to find authentic materials written in Mandarin (LO4) and guide themselves in exploring their meanings by using appropriate references (LO3). They are also encouraged to draw on bilingual resources and analyse topics of their interest from a critical cross-cultural perspective (LO5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills:
Enhanced oral and written communication skills in another language and expanded intercultural perspectives contribute to employability. Good time management is encouraged and reflection on learning is promoted.

Assessment (formative or summative)
Frequent opportunities for revision and consolidation of earlier learning occur in every class. Formative and summative assessments targeting at students’ speaking, listening, writing skills and intercultural competence take place according to a timetable issued at the beginning of the module.
The assessment portfolio will include a range of tasks which will test the students’ linguistic and cultural knowledge.


Formative Assessment:
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Summative Assessment:
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Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 All 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module draws on the Can-do Statements for Level A1+ recommended by The European Benchmarking Chinese Language Project (EBCL) and incorporates elements of Byram’s (2003) five Savoirs for intercultural competence. It covers the following content:

1. essential characters for articulating interests and opinions
2. practice in initiating and responding to simple statements in areas of immediate need or on familiar topics in both spoken and written forms (with the aid of electronic devices)
3. basic introduction to multiple aspects of contemporary Chinese cultures
4. the development of basic independent research skills and critical cultural awareness

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: maintain a dialogue in Mandarin on a prepared topic using simple but correct language
LO2: write simple sentences and longer texts accurately in Mandarin with a computer using the Hanyu Pinyin input method
LO3: ascertain the meaning of unfamiliar characters using a dictionary
LO4: retrieve textual materials produced in Mandarin on chosen topics
LO5: make simple cross-cultural comparisons by relating to English-medium and Mandarin-medium materials on the same topic

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

YAN, T., FU, Y., TAN, M., HUANG, Y. AND WANG, H (2006) CONFIDENCE CHINESE: VOL 1 GETTING STARTED: CYPRESS BOOK CO. UK LTD Vol. 1, 1st ed.
HSUEH, S (2014) CHINEASY: THE NEW WAY TO READ CHINESE: LONDON: THAMES & HUDSON LTD, 1st ed.
CHINA DAILY - WWW.CHINADAILY.COM.CN
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