Language Modules - Chinese

Modules offered under the centre are as follows
Semester I, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAC1201 Chinese 1
LAC2201 Chinese 2
LAC3201 Chinese 3
LAC3202 Chinese 4
LAC3203 Chinese for Science & Technology
LAC4201 Chinese 5
Semester II, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAC1201 Chinese 1
LAC2201 Chinese 2
LAC3201 Chinese 3
LAC3202 Chinese 4
LAC3204 Chinese for Business & Social Sciences
LAC4202 Chinese 6

There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.

Students may face disciplinary action by the University for making a false declaration.

Pre-requisites / Preclusions
Module Code Module Name Credit Student Requires
Pre-requisite Preclusion
LAC1201 Chinese 1 4 For beginners who do not have any formal and informal education in Chinese and have no proficiency in spoken Chinese. LAC2202
LAC2201 Chinese 2 4 Passed LAC1201 or placement test NIL
LAC2202 Chinese Characters Writing & Composition 4 For students with no formal education in Chinese language but are able to speak the language. A placement test and an oral interview are required for enrolment. LAC1201 and LAC2201.
LAC3201 Chinese 3 4 Passed LAC2201 or LAC2202 or placement test NIL
LAC3202 Chinese 4 4 Passed LAC3201 or placement test NIL
LAC3203 Chinese for Science and Technology 4 Higher Chinese at ‘O' Level, GCE ‘AO' Level Chinese or equivalent NIL
LAC3204 Chinese for Business & Social Sciences 4 Higher Chinese at ‘O' Level, ‘AO' Level Chinese or equivalent NIL
LAC4201 Chinese 5 5 Passed LAC3202 or placement test NIL
LAC4202 Chinese 6 5 Passed LAC4201 or placement test NIL

LAC1201 Chinese 1

This module is meant for students with no prior knowledge of the target language. Students with prior knowledge (including spoken proficiency) must contact CLS to take a placement test.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-2-2 For beginners who do not have any formal and informal education in Chinese and have no proficiency in spoken Chinese. LAC2202 NIL

LAC2201 Chinese 2

This module is a continuation of Chinese 1. It consists of three main components: conversation, grammar and Chinese character learning. Another 280 Chinese characters and 250 phrases will be introduced. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, reading and the writing of Chinese characters. Students are required to give short speeches and to conduct projects in tutorials.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-2-2 Passed LAC1201 or placement test LAC2202 NIL

LAC2202 Chinese Characters Writing & Composition

This module is for students who already possess some proficiency in spoken Chinese. It focuses on the teaching of Chinese characters, reading and writing skills in Chinese. It thus consists of two main components: Chinese character writing and composition. About 460 Chinese characters and 400 phrases will be taught. Students will also be introduced to short texts to develop their reading and writing skills.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-2-0-2-2 For students with no formal education in Chinese but are able to speak the language. A placement test and an oral interview are required for enrolment. LAC1201 and LAC2201. NIL

LAC3201 Chinese 3

This is an intermediate Chinese module which is a continuation of Chinese 2. It consists of three main components; conversation, grammar and Chinese character learning. Another 160 Chinese characters and 260 phrases will be introduced. Students are also required to give short speeches and project presentation in the tutorials. Students' language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing are further strengthened.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-2-0-2-4 Passed LAC2201 or LAC2202 or placement test NIL NIL

LAC3202 Chinese 4

This module is a continuation of Chinese 3. Based on the 620 Chinese characters they have already learned from Chinese 1 to 3, students will be taught another 130 new characters and 300 phrases at this stage. New words, phrases and idioms will be strengthening for the usage of the language. Short stories and articles will be used in teaching. Students will also be trained in listening to broadcast materials, speech skills as well as short essay writing.

Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-2-0-2-4 Passed LAC3201 or placement test NIL NIL

LAC3203 Chinese for Science and Technology

Chinese for Science & Technology is is special module for students who plan to do an exchange semester at Chinese universities. It focuses on an understanding of the forms of Chinese and Chinese usage appropriate to the fields of science, technology and computing. The course aims to enhance students' Chinese proficiency in the academic context of Science, Technology, and related fields.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-2-0-2-4 Higher Chinese at GCE ‘O' Level, GCE ‘AO' Level Chinese or equivalent NIL NIL

LAC3204 Chinese for Business & Social Sciences

Chinese for Business & Social Sciences is a module designed for students to understand the forms of Chinese and Chinese usage appropriate to business, law, the social sciences, public relations and industrial relations. Students will be trained in writing business correspondence, legal writing and business report. Public relations techniques such as advocacy, presentations and debating will be taught. Students' mother tongue should be Chinese.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 2-2-0-2-4 Higher Chinese at 'O' level, GCE 'AO' Level or equivalent NIL NIL

LAC4201 Chinese 5

Cross-listing(s): NIL This module is a continuation of Chinese 4. Based on the 750 Chinese characters and 960 phrases they have learned, students will acquire new words, phrases and idioms to strengthen the usage of the language. Short stories and articles will be taught in this module. Students will also do projects related to Chinese culture and history. Essay writing skills will be strengthened.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 2-2-0-2-6.5 Passed LAC3202 or placement test NIL NIL

LAC4202 Chinese 6

This module is a continuation of Chinese 5. It will emphasize the communicative function and the training of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading & writing). A systematic way of introducing drills and exercises will allow students to master the necessary grammatical knowledge and rules for word and sentence formation. The students will also do projects related to Chinese culture and history. Essay writing skills will be strengthened.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 2-2-0-2-6.5 Passed LAC4201 or placement test NIL NIL
* Workload: A-B-C-D-E, F
The components are as follow:
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C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week