17 July 2020
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Chinese Language and Culture Level 1
The course provides Mandarin Chinese language tuition, which develops the ability to operate practically and effectively in the target language.
Language learning is integral to the ability to develop an international perspective on life and learning and enhances personal development and employability. The challenge of learning a language develops the empathy necessary for greater cultural and political awareness, which is a crucial aspect of being an educated ‘global citizen’.
This course emphasises the growing importance globally of the Chinese world through the study of the language.
Learners are exposed to listening and reading items to develop their understanding, and participate in speaking and writing activities designed to develop their fluency and accuracy in both media. The overall desired outcome is for learners to deal comfortably, confidently and competently at a basic level with the language required to cope effectively with a range of circumstances and situations.
The overall aims are for learners to develop a sound foundation in Mandarin Chinese alongside an ability to approach communication in the language in a confident and competent manner.
The first aim is for learners to move from no knowledge, or very rudimentary knowledge, to a basic but competent level in language occurring in everyday situations and to be able to understand and analyse basic texts, such as signs. In brief, the course lays a solid foundation from which the learner is able to progress to higher levels fairly independently and to provide the tools to be able to communicate in everyday situations relating to practical matters.
The second aim is develop learners’ ability to operate practically and effectively in the target language in each of the four main skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Learners are exposed to real language samples, both audio and textual, and have the opportunity to produce language through tasks designed to build confidence and competence at every stage. Both accuracy and fluency are valued, and so grammar and structure are an integral part of the course. These elements are not taught in isolation, but within an overall framework which trains learners to use appropriate grammar and structure for the specific language purpose and function required.
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.
Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.
GBP 1700: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,700 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2019.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £670 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
GBP 50: There is a non-refundable application fee of £50.
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