Chinese Language and Culture
Courses in the form of classroom lectures and/or small group seminars
Putonghua (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese
The subject syllabus is divided into elementary, intermediate and advanced I & II levels to suit different levels of ability. Students will be required to take 1 language course,
The first two levels (CBS 240 & CBS 241) will give you an introductory training in fundamental pronunciation in Putonghua through classroom contact and co-curricular activities. Topics covered include basic greetings, introducing yourself, asking directions, asking prices, talking about time and numbers etc. You will be able to handle simple everyday communication in Putonghua upon completion.
The two advanced courses (CBS 339 & 340) are intended for students who are already in possession of some basic Putonghua training focus on further enhancing oral communication skill and daily conversation skills.
Elementary Putonghua (for Non-Chinese speaking students)
Intermediate Putonghua (for Non-Chinese speaking students)
Chinese Communication Skills I (for Non-Chinese speaking students) I
Chinese Communication Skills I (for Non-Chinese speaking students) II
All language courses will be conducted in the form of small group seminars. To supplement classroom teaching, the course will also organize talks on Chinese language and culture. Expert speakers will be invited to talk on the subjects like Chinese customs, Chinese literature and art to enable you to gain a better understanding of the traditional and contemporary Chinese culture and values.
(Note: Depending on the resources available, alternative choices may be provided if you want to concentrate on language training. Please put forth your request at the time of application.
Introduction to Chinese Language, Literature and Culture
This course provides you with a basic understanding of the Chinese language and culture. You will learn about the fundamentals of Chinese language, poetry, Chinese calligraphy and painting, Chinese opera, Chinese food culture and living style. Moreover, you will gain a better understanding of the underlying aesthetic and cultural values, particularly with a reference to the fundamental values of Confucianism and Daoism. Field trips have been included as part of the curriculum so you can relate your theoretical knowledge with existing sites that are a legacy of Chinese culture and civilisation. For example, you will visit The Chongsheng Temple And The Three-Pagoda Culture Tourist Area and the Guanyintang place.
The Chinese language and script
Characteristics of the Chinese language vis-à-vis other languages
Varieties of Chinese
Introduction to major genres of the Chinese literature (Shi, Ci, Qu, novels, etc)
Inter-relationship between Chinese poetry, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting
Introduction to Chinese operas
Basic spirits of Confucianism and Daoism
Manifestation of philosophical thought in Chinese food culture and living style