Chinese 3

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSGA1GS2014

Semester and Year Offered: Semester 3 Monsoon 2019 onwards

Course Coordinator and Team: Severin Kuok

Email of course coordinator:

Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives/Description:

By the end of two semesters the students would have a strong grasp of the new pronunciations and unique tonal nature of the Chinese language. In this semester, the aim is to further strengthen oral tonal skills, increase vocabulary and deal with newer structures of Chinese grammar. While ‘Pinyin’, which is the Romanization of the Chinese characters, will continue to part of the learning process, the idea is to wean the learner away from this. This will help the student to grasp new characters and vocabulary directly from the characters which is the ultimate goal. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be reinforced in a regular manner.

Course Outcomes:

  • The most general objectives of the course are to introduce China, its language and culture. Specific objectives are to help students develop an informed understanding of Chinese linguistic behaviour, society and culture. Concrete objectives include:
  • Further increase the students grasp on the grammatical structure and vocabulary in Chinese.
  • Reduce dependency of ‘pinyin’ ie Romanization of the Chinese characters.
  • Increase the use of the most basic and frequently used everyday expressions in Chinese.
  • Gaining fluency in speaking and increasing listening ability for everyday use of the language.
  • The students should be able to read and write over 250 characters and comprehend more than 500 words.


Expected learning outcomes:

  • Ability to understand and use a larger vocabulary corpus.
  • Gain fluency in speaking and use of complex grammatical structures.


Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Week 1: Prespositional phrases.

Week 2: Complement of degree. Preposed objects. Names of some sports.

Week 3: Words of location. Verbs indicating existence. Names of places of utility.

Week 4: Usage of auxiliary verbs such as 要,会,能,可以.

Week 5: Modal particle 了.

Week 6: Negative form of sentences with modal particle 了. Names of food and drink.

Week 7:The aspectual particle 了. Negative form of sentences with aspectual particle 了. Usage of 就 and 才.

Week 8:The complex attributive. Vocabulary for travel requirements.

Week 9:Multi-verbal sentence.Names of some Chinese cities.

Week 10:The structural particle 的,得 and 地.

Week 11:The structural particle 的,得 and 地 continued. More vocabulary for travel.

Week 12: The complement of result.Vocabulary on weather.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Class performance 10%
  • Test 1 10%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Mid-semester 20%
  • Final examination 40%


Reading List

  1. Elementary Chinese Reader (Revised Edition) Part 1 with Audio CDs , published by Sinolingua, Beijing, China
  2. Elementary Chinese Reader (Revised Edition) Part 2 with Audio CDs, published by Sinolingua, Beijing, China