What you will study
This short course is designed to continue giving you a solid introduction to the Chinese language. You’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese. You’ll also develop key skills that will enhance your future study of the language.
Delivered through user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ blocks, in each unit you’ll discover useful words and set phrases. Audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of Chinese, and a wide variety of speaking activities will aid your pronunciation. Throughout the course you’ll build up your own Chinese phrase book covering varied topics such as:
- describing people and places
- talking about the weather
- Chinese New Year
- how to get to places
- asking for prices
- doing shopping
- making comparisons.
By the end of the course you’ll have practised using key verbs such as ‘to go’, ‘to come’, ‘to buy’, ‘to take’; you’ll have studied that the Chinese word order in questions and comparisons is different from English; and you’ll have discovered some strategies you can use to memorise Chinese characters. Along with completing the activities and quiz in each unit to strengthen your learning, you’ll have built your own language notebook, and gained a solid foundation of basic Chinese to move onto the next level.
Please note that although this course is non-accredited, it can be used towards the module Making your learning count (YXM130) to gain OU credits.
You will learn
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- communicate with speakers of Chinese in a range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday life
- use Hanyu pinyin confidently to indicate the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese
- recognise 150–200 of the most frequently used words in pinyin or/and characters and be able to Word-process or handwrite them
- better understand the cultural differences and customs between Chinese-speaking cultures and your own.
The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
You will have access to discussion forums that you are strongly encouraged to participate in as these forums combine self-help from fellow students with input from a language-specialist learning adviser. Other support is available via the StudentHome website and Computing Helpdesk.
If you have a disability
The course is delivered online and makes use of a variety of online resources. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying LGXC003 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.