The course contributes to develop language-communicative competencies related to receptive and productive abilities involved in Chinese language learning. Particular attention will be attributed both to the dimension of formal accuracy (grammar, multi-functional lexical items, translation) and to that of communicative efficacy (oral reception and production, interaction). Besides that, a series of useful notions to understand the socio-cultural models of contemporary China will be provided.
Masini, F. et al., Il cinese per gli italiani. Corso avanzato, Hoepli, Milano, 2014.
Different multimodal materials provided by the professor (also through the Moodle platform).
Knowledge and competences: the course aims at allowing students to develop harmoniously competences regarding the different receptive, productive, translation-related and interactional abilities in Chinese. Moreover, useful interuments in order to use the language in different domains of use (personal, interpersonal, educational and professional), as well as in different interactional contexts, will be provided. A further aim is to contribute to develop a general knowledge concerning the socio-cultural dimensions of contemporary China.
As concerns the expected competencies at the end of the course, the expected level is compatible with HSK HSK 4 descriptors, which can be compared with the descriptors of the CEFR B2 - level .
Making judgements: By the end of the course, students should be able to comprehend text register (written or oral) and to draw information on lexicon, syntax and cultural contexts.
Communicative skills: At the end of the course, students are expectied to read and comprehend texts at an intermediate level; to translate sentences and brief texts (belonging to different text genres) from and to Chinese; to carry out a conversation on topics concerning the four main domains of language use (personal, interpersonal, educational and professional), as well as concerning cultural contents, in contexts in which specific cognitive and metalinguistic tasks are required.
Learning skills: At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to use bilingual dictionaries in autonomy, as well as to put into practice metalinguistic and metacognitive strategies in order to be able to study Chinese independently. Furthermore, students are expected to be able to reflect critically on the dimension of the complex socio-cultural reality in contemporary China.
This course is designed for students who have completed at least two years of Chinese language courses/ whose competence can be compared to a full A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Multimodal lectures, classroom exercises (both at an individual and at a cooperative level), exercises which can be carried out independently.
Besides the classes with the appointed professor, students are required to attend the classes with the Chinese native speaking instructor, which have to be considered as part of the course.
Type of Assessment
Written and oral test. The written test consists of quizzes on grammar and vocabulary, close and open questions, translation from Chinese to Italian and vice versa. Each session includes only one written text. Once the written text is passed, students have access to the oral test. Students who pass the written test must take the oral test in the same session, as written and oral tests are two parts of the same exam. The oral test consists of reading, translating and commenting one of the texts explored in class during the course, as well as of a brief conversation in Chinese on the topics discussed in class.
Different socio-cultural and institutional aspects in China: the State and its institutions, physical and political geography, information about the history of thought, information about the artistic heritage, history of relations between Italy and China, information about Chinese food traditions, men and women rights, information about the professional domain etc. Translation to and from Chinese: specificities, difficulties, methods and techniques.