MANDARIN FOR BUSINESS

KPT/JPT(R/340/3/0245)05/23 MQA(FA2354)

MANDARIN FOR BUSINESS

OVERVIEW OF MANDARIN FOR BUSINESS SYLLABUS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is designed for learners who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Mandarin Chinese is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.

 

 

AIMS

The aims are to:

  • develop the language proficiency required to communicate effectively in Mandarin Chinese
  • offer insights into the culture and society of countries and communities where Chinese is spoken
  • develop awareness of the nature of language and language learning
  • encourage positive attitudes towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures
  • provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • develop transferable skills (e.g. memorising, drawing of inferences) to complement other areas of the curriculum
  • form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for progression to work or further study, either in Chinese or another subject area.

LEVELS OF THE PROGRAMME

 

There are 9 levels in this Chinese course. The details of each levels are listed below:

  1. Level 1 – 3: Certified elementary level
  2. Level 4 – 6: Certified advance level
  3. Level 7 – 9: Certified master level

 

DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME:

 

  • The duration of the programme depends on the degree of certified level students aimed to achieve (Minimum duration: 3 months)
  • Hours of teaching: 2 to 4 hours per day

 

SYLLABUS OF MANDARIN FOR BUSINESS SYLLABUS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

Part 1 Certified Elementary Mandarin for Business: Level 1-3

 

Level 1 is a beginner course of Mandarin Chinese. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 150 words
  • 20 language points
  • handling 5 real-life situations

This is a beginner’s course and no prerequisites are required.

 

Level 2 is a beginner course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 1. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 300 words
  • 40 language points
  • handling 10 real-life situations

Completing “Part 1 Certified Elementary Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 1” or obtaining a score of at least 20% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Level 3 is a beginner course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 2. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 500 words
  • 60 language points
  • handling 15 real-life situations.

Completing “Part 1 Certified Elementary Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 2” or obtaining a score of at least 30% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Part 2 Certified Advanced Mandarin for Business: Level 4-6

Level 4 is an intermediate course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 3. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 650 words
  • 80 language points
  • handling 20 real-life situations.

Completing “Part 1 Certified Elementary Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 3” or obtaining a score of at least 40% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Level 5 is an intermediate course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 4. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 800 words
  • 100 language points
  • handling 25 real-life situations.

Completing “Part 2 Certified Intermediate Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 4” or obtaining a score of at least 50% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Level 6 is an intermediate course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 5. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 1000 words
  • 120 language points
  • handling 30 real-life situations.

Completing “Part 2 Certified Intermediate Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 5” or obtaining a score of at least 60% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Part 3 Certified Master Mandarin for Business: Level 7-9

Level 7 is an advanced course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 6. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 1150 words
  • 140 language points
  • handling 35 real-life situations.

Completing “Part 2 Intermediate Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 6” or obtaining a score of at least 70% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Level 8 is an advanced course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 7. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 1300 words
  • 160 language points
  • handling 40 real-life situations.

Completing “Part 3 Certified Intermediate Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 7” or obtaining a score of at least 80% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

Level 9 is an advanced course of Mandarin Chinese in continuation of Level 9. It uses lectures, short plays, interactive exercises and cultural tips to help learners build a fundamental capability of oral Chinese in real-life situations. At the end of the course, the learners will reach the following proficiency:

  • 1500 words
  • 180 language points
  • handling 45 real-life situations.

Completing ” Part 3 Certified Intermediate Mandarin Professional for Business: Level 8 and 9” or obtaining a score of at least 90% in the placement test is the prerequisite.

 LevelLearning outcomes
Language1
  1. Greet others appropriately in a formal and informal setting. (你好,您好,早上好,下午好,晚上好,亲, etc)
  2. Understand numbers in Mandarin (1-10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000, etc)
  3. Understand various topics and details related to everyday topics ((e.g. personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment, school, leisure activities).
  4. Know how to introduce themself formally. (名字,年龄,etc)
  5. Make statements verbally and in written form.
  6. Understand using connectors in Mandarin, and be able to write a series of simple phrases and sentences linked with simple connectors, relating to personal life, immediate environment and everyday topics
  7. Able to form simple questions with simple sentence structure.
  8. Recognises countries in Mandarin.
  9. Able to require information about another person formally and appropriately
  10. Understand time and date.
  11. Able to express conditions related to the five senses.
  12. Able to express their dislikes and likes.
  13. Able to make and respond (invitations, apologies, etc) and communicate on familiar topics to meet simple needs (e.g. order food and drink, simple transactions in shops, use public transport, ask and give directions, request information).
  14. Able to communicate simple factual information in writing using everyday vocabulary and expressions
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Business and culture4
  1. Understand different types of careers in Mandarin, and be able to convey what their occupation is, and what will their job scope be about.
  2. Able to express a command, an order, or a request verbally and in through writing appropriately.
  3. Able to use features of pronunciation and intonation to convey meaning and attitude.
  4. Able to answer an interview and conduct an interview
  5. Able to express opinions and give plans appropriately, and give brief reasons for opinions and plans.
  6. Able to use appropriate strategies to maintain interaction.
  7. Able know how to negotiate and use business strategies when communicating in Mandarin verbally and in written form
  8. Able to respond appropriately in Mandarin to different case scenarios in a business and cultural setting.
  9. Can understand factual information and ideas from a range of sources (announcements, phone messages, news items, interviews, dialogues, etc) on familiar topics.
  10. Identify main points, themes, specific information and details in predictable texts (e.g. advertisements, brochures, menus, timetables, instructions, messages).
  11. Can write simple connected texts and produce simple documents (email messages, articles, report, contract, etc)
  12. Able to understand Chinese culture, festivals, taboo and so on, and share their own culture in Mandarin.
  13. Understand the differences between Chinese culture and other culture
  14. Have adequate vocabulary and grammar in relation to business (seeking business suppliers, sale agents, etc)
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History and philosophy7
  1. Understand the use of tenses in Mandarin and be able to describe past events and experiences, and hopes and ambitions.
  2. Have an in-depth comprehension about the history of China.
  3. Understand the history of how Mandarin language is formed (what are the changes, and what are the variation of Mandarin language that is currently used now)
  4. Have comprehensive vocabulary related to daily life, business, history and philosophy in Mandarin
  5. Be able to express their own country’s history in Mandarin
  6. Understand main philosophies and religions of ancient China (Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, etc)
  7. Understand relevant ideas of famous or relevant thinkers from different historical periods in their perspectives in terms of business, life, moral and social issues.
  8. Able to engage in discussing philosophical topics and certain issues in depth
  9. Able to express opinions smartly without being offensive
  10. Able to write an analytical essay
  11. Understand in terms of concepts, issues, and themes of Chinese philosophy that involve language in view of its relation to reality, thought, and logic
  12. Able to differentiate the difference between authentic sources of China’s history, philosophy, culture and so on, and sources that are translated.
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