LGE830 - Chinese Language Skills 3

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Subject Title
Chinese Language Skills 3

Subject Description
A continuation of LGE820, this course also stresses language acquisition through student listening activities, involvement in pattern/structure practice and role-playing in skits based on everyday situations; students are also encouraged to express themselves more freely. More complex structures and more involved situations are introduced, while previously learned content is reinforced. By the end of this course all students should be able to read about 300 Chinese characters and write up to 90 Chinese characters. 

Credit Status
One credit in the Chinese Language Skills Certificate. Not applicable as a general education credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. use language for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts.
2. use language to think and learn in a variety of curriculum areas.
3. use language to make sense of their own experiences and to share experiences with others.
4. use the conventions of language appropriately for the purpose, audience, and context.
5. use language to develop collaborative and independent thinking and learning strategies.
6. create practical and imaginative works, both as individuals and as members of a group.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

LGE820 or permission of the instructor. 

Topic Outline

Although the outcomes that follow are listed under the headings Listening Skills, Speaking Skills, Reading Skills and Cultural Understanding, they represent the result of an integrated and balanced language course.  As the student progresses, the acquired skills will be developed gradually and naturally, each at various levels of competence, through communicative interactions.  This Chinese course will enhance skills in the following areas:

Listening Skills
Students will be able to:

recognize sound patterns (e.g. phonemes, intonation, stress and/or tone)
listen critically and interpret spoken language in order to communicate with peers and the teacher on familiar topics
interpret the main idea from spoken Chinese instruction and infer meaning through some available clues
demonstrate an ability to listen critically for the purpose of acquiring a new language
discriminate between the subtle differences in pronunciation and vocabulary in different  Chinese-speaking areas

Speaking Skills
Students will be able to:

speak clearly and use appropriate gestures
use clear and accurate pronunciation and intonation
respond appropriately to questions on familiar topics
communicate their own ideas, thoughts and feelings on familiar topics using vocabulary appropriate to their level
demonstrate confidence and willingness to take risks when expressing ideas, thoughts and feelings
use Chinese to work collaboratively with peers and the instructor

Reading  and Writing Skills
Students will be able to:

read 40 new words in Chinese characters
write 30  new Chinese characters

Cultural Understanding
Students will be able to:

express themselves and behave in a manner that reflects respect for Chinese-speaking cultures within our pluralistic society
identify cultural similarities and differences in customs, foods, education, family life and values
recognize and explain the contributions of Chinese speakers to Canada and the world


  • talk about travel arrangements to and from various countries
  • give and respond to instructions and suggestions
  • express clearly their needs, wishes and duties
  • discuss future events, activities and resolutions more extensively
  • discuss health problems, medical emergencies and common medical procedures and treatments
  • accept and refuse advice

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 

Attendance in all classes is crucial to being successful in this course. There will be weekly assignments and quizzes which require full class participation. Students are responsible for all materials given out or assigned in class. Being absent from class is not an excuse for not having the materials or knowledge.  

Prescribed Texts
2) Yao, Tao-chung and Yuehua Liu. Integrated Chinese, Volume 2. 4th Edition. Boston: Cheng and Tsui, 2009. (These texts are used for Level Three, Four & Five). ISBN 9781622911417.

Reference Material
Suggested Materials
Chinese Breeze Series,  Yuehua Liu, Chengzhi Chu, et al
1)    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! - ISBN: 9787301079041
2)    Can I Dance With You? - ISBN: 9787301137147
3)    Left and Right: The Conjoined Brothers -  ISBN: 9787301137130

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Ongoing  Evaluation 25%
Culture/Oral/Aural 30%
Written 30%
Final Exam 15%

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at www.senecac.on.ca/ce/ad-academic_info.

Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.
Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.  

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood