School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Languages and Grammatical Concepts 3A: ChineseWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101710.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 20

Assumed Knowledge
Successful completion of 40 credit points of Chinese Language at Level 2.

Equivalent Units
101951 - Chinese 301

Incompatible Units
100062 - Chinese 301, 101269 - Languages 303: Grammatical Concepts Across Languages

About this Unit
In 2013 this unit replaced by 101951 - Chinese 301. This is an advanced Level 3 language and linguistics unit for students of modern Chinese. Lectures for the grammatical concepts component are held in English for students of all languages while other activities are language-specific. The aim of the unit is twofold. On the one hand it aims, to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the ways in which major concepts used in everyday speech and writing are mapped and organized in the lexicon and the grammar of human languages, and how these forms develop in learners and users. On the other hand, it aims to develop advanced comprehension and production skills in Chinese language, including higher stages optional structures, through critical examination of contemporary and historical text and discourse samples from a variety of registers. An understanding of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture and society is also fostered through comparative research projects on specific cultural, social and/or linguistic, aspects that are of interest to students. A range of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) activities are utilised for this unit.

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