LGE860 - Chinese Language Skills 6

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Subject Title
Chinese Language Skills 6

Subject Description
Chinese Language Skills 5 continues to stress language acquisition through student listening activities, involvement in pattern/structure practice and role-playing in skits based on everyday situations where students can express themselves more freely. More complex structures and situations are introduced, while previously learned content is reinforced. By the end of this course all students should be able to read and write up to 450 Chinese characters. Chinese culture is explored throughout the course. By the end of this course students should be able to read and write up to 700 Chinese characters.

Credit Status
One credit. Not applicable as a general education credit.

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

1.initiate and maintain a conversation in the Chinese language for a greater variety of purposes
2.use the Chinese language as a medium for learning in a greater variety of contexts
3.communicate meaningfully in Chinese to share experiences, and express opinions, feelings and observations
4.use Chinese in the thinking process as a reaction to hearing it
5.use Chinese in practical contexts as individuals and in a group setting
6.read and write 700(traditional and simplified) Chinese characters

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.

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.

 LGE850 or permission of the instructor 

Topic Outline

The outcomes that follow represent the result of an integrated and balanced language course.  As the student progresses, the acquired skills will be developed gradually and naturally through communicative interactions, each at various levels of competence. This Chinese subject 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 to communicate with peers and the teacher on familiar topics
interpret the main idea from spoken Chinese instruction and infer meaning through 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:

use clear pronunciation and accurate intonation, with appropriate gestures
respond appropriately to questions on familiar topics
communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings on familiar topics using vocabulary appropriate to the 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 and write 700 simplified 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


  • describe shopping preferences and criteria in greater detail
  • disagree tactfully and express perspective politely
  • talk about plans after graduation
  • talk about ways to enhance future job prospects
  • show concern and investigate further


Lesson 4: Shopping
Lesson 5: Course Registration
Lesson 6: Boyfriend/Girlfriend

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. 

Prescribed Texts
2) Yao, Tao-chung and Yuehua Liu. Integrated Chinese, Volume 3. 4th Edition. Boston: Cheng and Tsui, 2009. (These texts are used for Level Six, Seven & Eight). ISBN 9781622911561.

Reference Material
Collins Chinese Dictionary (student buys independently) .
Ross, Claudia and Jing-Heng Ma, Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: Practical Guide. NY: Routledge, 2006 (order on your own if interested)
Suggested Materials
Chinese Breeze Series.
Yuehua Liu, Chengzhi Chu, et al. The Third Eye - ISBN: 9787301189498

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
To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral/Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success:
Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success in the course.

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