Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 15. Grading scale: UG. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. EXTA35 overlap following cours/es: GEMA65. Compulsory for: C2, D2, E2. Course coordinator: Marita Ljungqvist, Centre for Language and Literature,, Kinesiska. The number of participants is limited to 40 Selection criteria: Credits achieved within study programme. Assessment: Written and oral examination.

The aim with the course is to get elementary knowledge in modern Mandarin

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

show elementary knowledge about basic features in the syntax, pronounciation, and character system of Mandarin

be able to give a broad outline of the Chinese character system

be able to identify central phonetic phenomena in Mandarin Chinese

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· show ability to use central grammatical constructions in Mandarin in both speech and writing

· be able to understand and be understood during basic everyday conversations in Mandarin

· be able to identify and write approx. 300 characters

The course studies Mandarin phonetics, phonology, basic grammar, and character system through reading of simpler texts. The students practice in auditative comprehension, written and oral presentation. The course is based on lectures, group exercises, and internet based education via a course home page containing texts from lessons, sound files, grammatical modules as well as exercises that develop the students vocabulary and knowledge in Mandarin structure and pronounciation.

Material on the home page and handouts from seminars.