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University‘s Centre for Applied linguistics focuses in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes, language teacher education and intercultural communication. We are proud of our highly qualified teachers with experience of working overseas.
We offer wide range of courses which meet various needs and requirements of our students.
Our English language courses include:
• A 6 or 10 week summer Pre-sessional academic English programme, with two streams designed to prepare students for their undergraduate and postgraduate degree studies.
• A one-year Pre-Masters programme (Programme in English for Postgraduate Studies) consisting of 3 x 10-week terms. Depending on their English language level, students can study for 1, 2 or 3 terms, entering in either autumn, spring or summer.
• A 10 week Undergraduate Diploma in English Language, Media and Intercultural Communication.
• Short courses: tailor-made courses individually negotiated and designed for clients and partners from all over the world. 
We are glad to have cultural and linguistic diversity of the students on our courses as it gives them opportunity to use English as the medium of communication. We make sure that our classes are highly interactive and we also provide numerous social and educational activities so that our students can practice their English language skills.
The University has excellent facilities that can be used by our English language courses students: the library, swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts and sports halls. Students can also find shops, restaurants, bars and banks on campus.
The University is located in a beautiful region and surrounded by historical and picturesque destinations. Furthermore it is close to London and has fast rail services to all other major towns.


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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
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French beginners accelerated (LL262)

Summary
Level:

Absolute Beginners only. This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of French. Due to the 'accelerated' aspect of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a GCSE A* grade in another European language) is desirable.

Main Objectives:

To develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks acquiring essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and insight into French society.

Credits:

This is a 30 CREDIT module.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks. Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:

understand the essentials of grammar and syntax;
demonstrate a competence in basic writing
understand short texts in the target language
demonstrate a reasonable standard of pronunciation and be able to communicate orally in basic situations
understand spoken language
show a range of vocabulary and strategies for dealing with unknown vocabulary
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the Common European Framework.

Syllabus
Communicative skills

including introductions;
describing places and people;
asking and ordering;
giving and understanding directions;
telling the time;
describing pastimes;
making appointments;
simple phone messages;
likes and dislikes;
expressing choices;
comparing;
talking about the past;
sports and leisure activities;
giving advice.


Topics may include:

the environment;
employment;
tourism and travelling;
housing;
different aspects of French life; etc.
Grammar:

simple sentence construction;
gender/plurals of nouns;
definite and indefinite articles;
numbers,
dates and times;
adjectives;
affirmatives;
negatives and interrogatives;
demonstratives;
possessives;
adverbs;
pronouns (personal, object, direct and indirect, relative);
comparatives;
verbs in the present, perfect, imperfect, future, conditional and imperative;
pronominal verbs;
modal verbs;
expressing time and place;
expressing wishes and wants; etc.
Course Description
A general foundation in language, extending across the four main skills areas (speaking, writing, listening and reading), with an emphasis upon the acquisition of an essential grammatical basis and development of both receptive and productive skills.

Successful completion of 'French beginners accelerated' qualifies students to progress to French 3.

French 1 (LL113)

Summary
Level:

This module is offered to students with no prior knowledge of French.

Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Main Objectives:

To provide a general foundation in the language, extending across the four main skill areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into French society.


Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS


Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


French 2 (LL234)

Summary
Level:

Requirements: some prior knowledge of French: 2-3 years evening course or GCSE level - grade B or below (any number of years ago) or equivalent. Also for students having successfully completed French 1.

Main Objectives:

To enable students to develop competence in a range of language tasks performed in familiar work and social contexts, to extend skills in reading and listening comprehension and to consolidate and extend the knowledge and use of French grammar and syntax.

Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.
Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


Summary
Level:

These modules are offered to undergraduates who have some prior knowledge of French: 3-5 years at school and a good O or GCSE level (or equivalent) or who have successfully completed French 2.

Main Objectives:

To improve reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills and improve fluency when spending time in a French-speaking environment.


Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


French 4 (LL208)


Summary
Level:

Higher Intermediate. Modules offered to undergraduates who already have a good knowledge of French: 5-6 years of French, AS or rusty A level French (or equivalent) or who have successfully completed French 3.

Main Objectives:

To strengthen reading and writing skills and reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the French language.


Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS



Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.


French 5 (LL209)

Summary
Level:

Advanced. This module is offered to undergraduates who already have a good knowledge of French: A level, grade A or B (or equivalent), or who have successfully completed French 4.

Main Objectives:

To strengthen reading and writing skills and reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the French language. Focus will be put on understanding French culture to enable students to engage with native speakers when visiting a French-speaking country.

Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Students will take part in the online exchange with the University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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Levels: Basic, Intermediate
Arabic Beginners - Accelerated (LL290)
Summary
Level

This is a beginners course for students who have basic or previous knowledge of the Arabic alphabet system and who gained some basic phrases either through their family background or through learning the Qur'an but lack an understanding of the meaning, function and structural patterns of the language.

Main Objectives

To enable students to understand some of the main features of Arabic-speaking societies and how the Arabic language reflects these.
To enhance students' skills in the use of sentence constructions and be able to apply them in spoken and written formulation of simple, everyday language.
To develop students' competencies in the four communications skills leading to their ability to use the language in a variety of predictable contexts.
The course is based on a fast pace approach enabling students by the end of their study to achieve the outcome of Arabic 2.
Credit

This is a 30 CREDIT module.

Teaching

4 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Term One: 2 x 2 hour seminar per week over 9 weeks plus at least 4 hours independent learning each week.
Term Two: 2 x 2 hour hour seminar per week over 10 weeks plus at least 4 hours independent learningeach week.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module students should be ble to:
Apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level.
Develop strategies for understading gist and specific information.
Gain an insight into everyday life in Arab-speaking countries.
Understand the main points in messages and spoken language in areas of immediate personal relevance.
Syllabus
Topics

Course Book 1
Getting started: greetings; letters of the alphabet : group 1 ( ب ت ث ن ي )
Introducing yourself: countries and nationalities
Putting words together; letters of the alphabet: group 2 ( ا د ذ ر ز و )
The family; letters of the alphabet: group 3 ( ج ح خ ه م )
Professions; joining letters; letters of the alphabet: group 4 ( س ش ص ض )
Describing things; letters of the alphabet: group 5 ( ف ق ك ل )
Polite requests; using public transport
Where is it? Letters of the alphabet: group 6 ( ط ظ ع غ )
Asking for and giving directions; describing places
Likes and dislikes
Counting things: In the market; shopping for food
Going Shopping: understanding prices, weights and measurements
Colours: shopping for clothes
Going out: ordering food and drink
Describing past events
Describing a holiday; the weather
Telling the time
Days of the week; months of the year
Describing your daily routine
Course Book 2
Talking about yourself, your family and your childhood.
Describing your house and renting or buying a house/apartment.
Talking about jobs, housework, job vcancies.
Sport and leisure, going out.
Talking about travel and tourism, means of transport, and travel in the Arab World.
Talking about food, cooking and booking a table at a restaurant.
Talking about clothes, fashion and shopping for clothes.
Education and training: school and university studies.
News and media.
The weather and environment.
Health and some medical terms.
Arts and culture
Each unit of Book Two will cover some cultural background on one Middle Eastern country, describing some habits, heritage, etc.
Pronunciation

Short and long vowels: Fathah, Kasrah and Damma and ا ، و ، ي
Length phenomenon: vowels and consonants
Tanween, Shadda and Sukuun
Sun and Moon letters
Special Arabic Sounds
Linking and assimilation
Grammar

Gender
Personal pronouns
Attached pronouns
Nominal sentences
The definite article
Nouns and adjectives
'Yes' and 'No' questions
Interrogative particles & interrogative phrases
Prepositions
Idafa structure
Verb patterns: present tense
Verb patterns: past tense
Future tense
Negation of present, past and future
Added and doubled verbs
Weak verbs: some patterns.
The imperative
Skills

Listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Course Description
Accelerated Arabic is a course that aims at developing students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar. The course is based on Modern Standard Arabic which is a key variety that is understood across the Arab World despite the variations in dialects. An appreciation of the deviation between MSA and the dialects will be explained and some processes of the main differences will be introduced.

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks each of which focuses on practical, useful and manageable language. You will develop cultural awareness of the Arabic speaking world. You will have access to online and [email protected] resources for a more independent learning.

Tasks will be set each week to consolidate what you have learnt in class.

Arabic 1 (LL131)
Summary
Level:

Absolute Beginner. Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Main Objectives:

By the end of the module, students will:

Understand some of the main features of Arabic-speaking societies and how the Arabic language reflects these.
Gain an elementary understanding of Arabic sentence construction and be able to apply this in spoken and written formulation of simple, everyday language.
Develop a reasonable standard of pronunciation.
Be able to recognise common signs and formal indicators.
Recognise and use Arabic script in context and be able to compose short dialogues and notes.
Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.


Learning Outcomes
General: Developing students’ basic skills in all competencies that are delivered through specific contexts ranging from talking about your selves to expressing likes and dislikes.

Reading: Appreciation of the sound system of the language particularly those peculiar to Arabic, then moving into the basic structure of words and into the basic sentence structure. By the end of the course students will have the ability to read with confidence basic short texts covered in the various contexts of the course.

Writing: Understand the basic principles and rules governing writing, with ability to shape letters correctly and move gradually into the written word and phrase. Students will be able to produce a short text of 70-80 words.

Speaking: Will have the ability to produce the special Arabic sounds as well as talking about yourselves, your studies, country, professions, family, and other contexts outlined above.

Listening: Ability to understand simple dialogues around basic contexts, such as travel, studies, personal information, etc.

Syllabus
Topics

Getting Started: Greetings; letters of the alphabet : group 1 ( ب ت ث ن ي )
Introducing yourself: countries and nationalities
Putting words together; letters of the alphabet: group 2 ( ا د ذ ر ز و )
The family; letters of the alphabet: group 3 ( ج ح خ ه م )
Professions; joining letters; letters of the alphabet: group 4 ( س ش ص ض )
Describing things: letters of the alphabet: group 5 ( ف ق ك ل )
Polite requests; using public transport
Where is it? Letters of the alphabet: group 6 ( ط ظ ع غ )
Asking for and giving directions; describing places
Likes and dislikes
Counting things: In the market; shopping for food
Going Shopping: understanding prices, weights and measurements
Colours: shopping for clothes
Going out: ordering food and drink
Telling the time
Days of the week; months of the year
Describing your daily routine
Pronunciation

Short and long vowels: Fathah, Dammah and Kasrah
length phenomenon: vowels and consonants
Tanween, Shadda and Sukuun
Sun and Moon letters
Special Arabic Sounds
Grammar

Gender
Personal pronouns
Attached pronouns
Nominal sentences
The definite article
Nouns and adjectives
'Yes' and 'No' questions and other interrogatives.
Prepositions
Idafa structure
Verb patterns: present tense
Verb patterns: past tense
Skills

Listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Course Description
Arabic Level 1 is a course that aims at developing students’ basic skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar. The course is based on Modern Standard Arabic which is a key variety that is understood across the Arab World despite the variations in dialects. An appreciation of the deviation between MSA and the dialects will be explained and some processes of the main differences will be introduced. Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks each of which focuses on practical, useful and manageable language. You will develop cultural awareness of the Arabic speaking world. You will have access to online resources for a more independent learning. Homework tasks will be set each week to consolidate what you have learnt in the class. The course is designed only for students who have no previous knowledge of the language. Students with certificate in Arabic such as GCSE will not be permitted.

Arabic 2 (LL233)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who have completed Learning Arabic 1 or who already have some basic knowledge of Arabic- equivalent to that covered by the Learning Arabic 1 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To continue to work on basic sentence patterns, grammar and ways of expressions, develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a range of predictable everyday tasks and gain greater knowledge of Arabic society.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Learning Outcomes
General: Carry out communicative tasks with basic language proficiency in familiar social situations, using basic grammar and vocabulary.
Reading: Ability to read with confidence short authentic texts and understand their structures and discuss their content.
Writing: Ability to produce short texts with coherent structures based on understanding context and grammatical structures.
Speaking: Communicate orally in everyday situations and describe and explain yourself on familiar topics.
Listening: Understand dialogues on common themes and obtain general and detailed information from audio materials.

Syllabus
Unit 1: Myself and others: introductions, nationalities, professions, forms of greetings, personalities, childhood, overview of Egypt.
Unit 2: House and Home: Describing your house, renting a house, overview of Saudi Arabia.
Unit 3: Work and routine: talking abou your work, a day in the life of a professional, biography, job vacancies, overview of Syria.
Unit 4: Sport and leisure, general concepts, talking about preferences, giving reasons, talking about leisure time and going out, types of activities, overview of Morocco.
Unit 5: Travel and tourism, around town, asking for directions, means of transport, travel in the Arab World, sample blogs, complaint letter, overview of Tunisia.
Unit 6: Food and cooking, talking about food, food shops, talking about measures; at the greengrocer's, at the restaurant, methods of cooking, Ramadan (fasting month), overview of Lebanon.
Unit 7: Review

Unit 8: Clothes and colours, describing colours, at the clothes shop, at a wedding party, clothes show, overview of Iraq.
Unit 9: Education and training, school and university, talking about subjects, in the exam hall, giving instructions, overview of Algeria.
Unit 10: News and media, taking about news, broadcasting, comparing media, the King's speech, overview of Gulf countries and Yemen.
Unit 11: Climate and the environment, talking about the weather, holiday plans, talking about possibilities, overview of Libya.
Unit 12: Health and happiness, talking about the body and illness, at the pharmacy, talking about health, giving advice, overview of the Sudan.
Unit 13: Arts and cinema, talking about culture, film genres; past habits, reviewing, overview of Jordan and Palestine.
Unit 14: Review.

Course Description
The course is aimed at students who completed level 1 or those who have equivalent knowledge as described in detail for that level at the University of Warwick Language Centre website.

The course aims at enhancing the learning process in all the communication skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar but in more in-depth.

Reading Comprehension: students will be exposed to authentic texts of various topics with detailed in-class discussions which aim at teaching strategies and skills that are necessary for fluent reading. From those texts students will be engaged in question-answer sessions and will be given exercises with the purpose of understanding the processes behind these texts.

Writing and Speaking: students will be engaged in writing exercises on authentic themes discussed in the class. The approach is not using the vocabulary in its “isolate” form but its use in real contexts. “Find Out” activities and simple interviews with classmates will be introduced. Students will be given a regular homework on a specific theme and discussions will take place around students’ production to identify new structures and common patterns of errors.

Listening: much of the reading activities will be conjoined with listening comprehension of authentic texts. Students will listen to audio/visual material several times before they engage in open ended questions that give an indication of their understanding. The material is very selective and aims at enhancing the learning of this skill at different tempos.

Grammar: the learning of this skill will be through a combination of the narrative framework, reading comprehension and writing drills produced by students. The texts of this skill are authentic stories where the natural sequencing of structure is discussed and analysed. The new grammatical skills will include full details of the past and present tense verbs, interrogative particles, some plural forms, negation of the present tense, and cases (nominative, accusative, and genitive).

Culture: the course will include a cultural component derived from interviews, various video clips and short drama scenes where students can discuss in the class and watch at home.
Colloquial Varieties: due to the varying dialects spoken across the Arab World, you will get to appreciate the major differences between MSA and the dialects through a summary of the processes involved that make those dialects deviate from MSA form. This will be done through listening to audio clips and watching short video clips.

Arabic 3 (LL259)
Summary
Level:

Successful completion of Arabic 2.

Main Objectives:

Developing students' skills further in the communicative competences of Modern Standard Arabic and in the cultural and social framework of the target language. In addition, the course will enhance your understanding of additional structural pattterns appropriate to this level which in turn will help you become more creative in generating matching structures but on various topics.
Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Course Description
The module is a continuation from Level 2 and aims at developing students' skills further in the communicative competences of Modern Standard Arabic and in the cultural and social framework of the target language.

In addition, the course introduces comparable texts, audio and video clips between MSA and the colloquial varieties of the Levantine . The aim is to establish an appreciation of the major processes involved that undelrine these differences.

The texts and contexts studied are predicted daily situations and reflect many of the features appropriate to Arabic society, culture and language in use.

Syllabus
The syllabus is based on the course book and the tutor's own material and will cover the various skills of writing, reading, listening, speaking and grammar in addition to the social and cultural topics where appropriate. It is broken down as follows:

Unit One: The Arab World and readings in the history of the Modern Arab World.
Unit Two: Arabic Cities (Cairo and Baghdad)
Unit Three: The Arabic Language - its origin and spread
Unit Four: Food and Drink - Sarah's big kitchen and the history of coffee
Unit Five: Health - Food of the Mediterranean
Unit Six: Sports
Unit Seven: Travel and Transport
Unit Eight: The Weather (Amman, New York and the Arab World) - Weather Bulletins
Unit Nine: Education
Unit Ten: Jobs and Professions
Unit Eleven: Love, Romance and Marriage - The story of Qais and Layla & Samples of Nizar Qabbani's poetry.
Unit Twelve: The Arab Woman - Her role in elections and politics
Every unit is accompanied with listening exercises in both MSA and the colloquial varieties as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes
General: express views, feelings, likes and dislikes in a variety of social and cultural contexts appropriate to the level, making use of the structural and grammatical topics you have learnt.
Reading: develop reading fluency by understanding the various structures of the selective texts.
Writing: ability to produce meaningful texts based on the understanding established from the structural and grammatical areas covered. Students are expected to deliver 150-180 words on a specific topic.
Speaking: will be able to express opinions and feelings of the various topics, including studies.
Listening: Understand dialogues on common themes and have the ability to relate what you have heard to others in your own words and give your opinion on what you heard.
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Levels: Basic, Intermediate
Chinese Beginners Accelerated (LL265)
Summary
Level:

Beginners and near beginners. As well as being open to students with no knowledge of oriental scripts in their prior language learning or mother tongues, the module is also open to students who may have some prior knowledge.

Main Objectives:

To enable students to enhance their knowledge on basic sentence patterns and ways of expressions, developing competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks. This level allows the students to take fast pace to achieve the outcome of Chinese 2 by the end of the study. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits: 30

Teaching hours:

Term One: 2 x 2 hour seminar per week over 9 weeks plus at least 3 hours' independent learning each week.
Term Two: 2 x 2 hour hour seminar per week over 10 weeks plus at least 3 hours' independent learning each week.

Learning Outcomes:
Communicate more confidently with a certain level of oral fluency and accuracy in a range of daily life situations
Obtain general and detailed information from audio materials of clear and standard pronunication
Find required messages from Chinese texts on familiar topics
Compose longer paragraphs in characters
Syllabus:


Communicative functions

ordering drinks and food
getting personal information and talking about one's family
talking about one's university
making an appointment
celebrating one's birthday
shopping
talking about past activities and experience
renting a house
changing money at the bank
at the post office
talking about hobbies

Grammatical content

basic sentence structures
different forms of questions
attributives expressing possession
some commonly used adverbs
numbers from 1-10,000 and numeral-measure words as attributives
optative verbs
pivotal sentences
the particle 'le'
the 'ba' sentence
comparison
different types of complements

Course Description:
The module will focus on acquiring essential listening and speaking skills, providing more exposure and practice of speech sounds and tones. Students will also develop and further practise their reading techniques and writing of characters. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides an introduction to Chinese language but also gives the students an insight into a broad spectrum of everyday life in China. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin tones. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. The online materials will reinforce students' classroom learning.

Chinese Intermediate Accelerated (LL260)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who have completed Chinese 2 or who already have some knowledge of Chinese, e.g. 6 months up to 1 year of study or work in the native speaking countries - equivalent to that covered by the Chinese 2 syllabus, and those who have the potential and motivation to achieve two levels' proficiency within one year.

Main Objectives:

To build upon previously learned knowledge to use more complex grammar and sentence patterns, understand authentic texts, further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to deal with a wider range of predictable situations, and gain more insights into Chinese culture. This level allows the students to take fast pace to cover the syllabi of two levels and achieve the outcome of Chinese 4 by the end of the study. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

30

Teaching:

4 hours' language classes per week for two terms, plus at least 3 hours' independent learning each week.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

develop their oral fluency and accuracy in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations
gather information from authentic texts of a variety of informal and formal genres
produce reasonably long essays and reports
increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.

Syllabus:
Communicative functions/topics

sports and leisure
looking for a job
talking about language studies
China's geography: river and mountain
climate and weather
concept of privacy in Chinese culture
environmental protection
wedding in Chinese culture
mortgage and loans
celebration of the Spring Festival in the countryside
Chinese university students and part-time job
Grammatical content

sentences with 'shi','bei', 'ba'
location words
more comparisons
sentences indicating existence or emergence
two types of aspects in Chinese
the conditional construction
complex conjunctives
structural particles
summary of complements and complex sentences
Course Description:
This module will focus on understanding of more complex grammar and sentence patterns, communicating on a wider range of topics with an improved oral fluecy and accuracy, practising some advanced reading and writing techniques. Students are encouraged to present one's opinions and participate in discussions in class. The module is based on units 21 to 44 of New Practical Chinese Reader 2/3/4. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese grammar but also offers students more insights into everyday life and culture in China. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin tones. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning.

Chinese 1 (LL130)
Summary
Level:

Absolute Beginners only. People with some knowledge of Mandarin will not be allowed to take this module. Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Main Objectives:

To enable students to acquire simple sentence patterns and ways of expressions, develop basic skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a range of predictable everyday situations and gain a general insight into Chinese culture. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credit:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Syllabus:


Communicative functions

Greetings and general courtesy
ordering drinks and food
identifying people and getting personal information
finding one's way around
talking about one's major and one's university
talking about one's family
making an appointment
celebrating one's birthday
talking about one's likes and dislikes
shopping
Grammatical content

word order in Chinese sentences
basic sentence structures
different forms of questions
attributives expressing possession
some commonly used adverbs
numbers from 1-100 and numeral-measure words as attributives
prepositional phrase
sentences with double objects
sentences with serial verb phrases
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

communicate orally in simple Chinese in a range of predictable routine situations
obtain general information from short audio materials on daily topics
gather required messages from short Chinese texts
compose notes and short paragraphs in characters
Course Description:
Based on an interactive approach, the module will focus on grasping speech sounds and tones, acquiring essential listening and speaking skills, and practising basic reading and writing techniques in characters. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides an introduction to the language but also offers students an insight into Chinese culture. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin, together with an underscored English translation. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning. Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.

Chinese 2 (LL227)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who have completed Learning Chinese 1 or who already have some basic knowledge of Chinese - equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 1 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To continue to work on basic sentence patterns, grammar and ways of expressions, develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a range of predictable everyday tasks and gain greater knowledge of Chinese society. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching hours:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Communicate more confidently with a certain level of oral fluency and accuracy in a range of daily life situations
Obtain general and detailed information from audio materials of clear and standard pronunication
Find required messages from Chinese texts on familiar topics
Compose longer paragraphs in characters
Syllabus:
Communicative functions

talking about one's health and seeing a doctor
talking about past activities and experience
renting a house
making telephone calls
making invitations
changing money at the bank
borrowing and returning books
describing and comparing
at the post office
talking about hobbies
Grammatical content

optative verbs
sentences with serial verb phrases
pivotal sentences
the particle 'le'
subjective-predicate structures as attributives.
numeration from numbers from 100 to 10, 000
the 'ba' sentence
different types of complements
making comparisons with the preposition of 'bi'
Course Description:
This module will focus on grasping more basic sentence patterns, grammar and ways of expressions, developing essential listening and speaking skills and practising further reading and writing techniques in characters. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides more exposure to the language but also offers students better insights into a broader spectrum of everyday life in China. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning.

Chinese 3 (LL230)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who have completed Learning Chinese 2 or who already have some knowledge of Chinese - equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 2 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To build upon previously learned knowledge to use more complex grammar and sentence patterns, understand authentic texts, further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to deal with a wider range of predictable situations, and gain more insights into Chinese culture. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

communicate orally with more confidence in Chinese in a wider variety of situations
obtain detailed information from authentic audio materials of clear and standard pronunication
find required messages from both narrative and argumentative Chinese texts
compose essays on familiar topics and of personal interests

Syllabus:
Communicative functions

talking about sports/matches
talking about direction and location
talking about past experience
looking for a job
talking about plans
describing the weather
talking about living conditions
talking about language studies
expressing one's opinions
giving examples
Grammatical content

sentences with 'shi','bei', 'ba'
location words
sentences indicating existence or emergence
more complex complements
two types of aspects in Chinese
the conditional construction
more comparisons
Course Description:
This module will focus on understanding of more complex grammar and sentence patterns, communicating on a wider range of topics with an improved oral fluecy and accuracy, practising some advanced reading and writing techniques. Students are encouraged to present one's opinions and participate in discussions in class. The module is based on units 21 to 32 of New Practical Chinese Reader 2/3. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese grammar but also offers students more insights into everyday life and culture in China. The text-book provides written text in both characters and pinyin tones. The workbook, however, gives greater prominence to characters. There are homework and online resources which consolidate and assist classroom learning.

Chinese 4 (LL239)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who already have a good knowledge of Chinese: 1 - 2 years of intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, AS level or lower pass grades of A level, or those who have completed Learning Chinese 3 or equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 3 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in various social and study/work-related contexts, and to increase students' intercultural and social awareness essential to living in a Chinese-speaking environment. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

develop their oral fluency and accuracy in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations
gather information from authentic texts of a variety of informal and formal genres
produce reasonably long essays and reports
increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.
Syllabus:
Topics

sports and leisure
China's geography: river and mountain
climate and weather
concept of privacy in Chinese culture
environmental protection
wedding in Chinese culture
mortgage and loans
celebration of the Spring Festival in the countryside
Chinese university students and part-time job
Grammar

sentences indicating the existence or emergence of something
complex conjunctives
structural particles
summary of complements and complex sentences
Course Description:
This module will focus on understanding and oral production of natural and authentic linguistic patterns, with more detailed analysis of important words and phrases. Students will also practise more advanced reading and writing techniques. It will involve student presentation on certain chosen topics, group discussion, pair work and other active learning methods. The module is based on units 33-44 of New Practical Chinese Reader 3/4. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese grammar but also offers more insights into China's history and geography as well as everyday life in China today. There are homework and online resources to consolidate and assist classroom learning.

Chinese 5 (LL245)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who already have a good knowledge of Chinese: 2 years or more of intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, good A level, or those who have completed Learning Chinese 4 or equivalent to that covered by the Chinese 4 syllabus.

Main Objectives:

To further develop linguistic and cultural competence in using Chinese in different social situations, and to enable students to live and work more effectively in the native speaking countries. Students will also learn to reflect their own strengths, weaknesses and strategies in language learning. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

2 hours' language classes per week, plus at least 3 hours' independent learning each week.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

further develop their oral fluency and accuracy in complex language tasks across a wide range of non-routine contexts
gather accurate information from authentic texts of a variety of registers with an appreciation of literary and non-literary styles
increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society
produce long narrative and persuasive essays

Syllabus:
Main Topics

education and employment
health and environment
competition
youth culture
quality life
social problems
Grammar/syntax/lexis

detached phrases
complex sentences
different types of complement
synonyms and antonyms
slang and colloquial expressions
set phrases and collocations

Course Description:
This module will focus on further developing communicative competence of Chinese to a higher level, improving fluency and accuracy in both oral and written performances. Students will also be trained to use more advanced reading and writing techniques. It will involve student presentation on certain chosen topics and group discussion. The teaching is based on textbooks as well as authentic materials from media of the native speaking countries. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese linguistic elements but also offers more insights into contemporary life in today's Chinese-speaking communities. There are homework and online resources to complement classroom learning.
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Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)
Take your HSK in Warwick Language Centre!

Chinese Proficiency Test, Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), organized by OCLCI (Hanban), is designed to assess non-native speakers' proficiency in the Chinese Language. It produces a world-recognized qualification useful for your further study, internship/placement, and career development especially in the Chinese speaking community. The newly reformed HSK system has just been put into practice in the year of 2010.

The new HSK test only has 1-6 levels now. Chinese 2 students can register themselves to HSK Level 2, Chinese 3 can register to HSK Level 3, Chinese 4/Chinese 5, to HSK Level 4 and above.

For the information of vocabulary requirements for each level and sample papers at each level, please go to

http://www.shef.ac.uk/confucius/hsk.html
http://edu.chinese.cn/Schools/ForExamPractise/ExamType.aspx?Type=Hsk
http://exam.chinese.cn/gosign.do?id=1&lid=0#

Good luck!
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Chinese for Business (LL254)
Summary
Level:

This module will be offered to students who already have a good knowledge of Chinese: 2 years or more of intensive study or work in the native speaking countries, good A level, or those who have completed Learning Chinese 4 or equivalent to that covered by the Learning Chinese 4 syllabus. Simplified Chinese characters will be taught and assessed.

Main Objectives:

To develop linguistic competence in accomplishing a broad range of complex and non-routine tasks across a wide and often unpredictable variety of business contexts;
To increase intercultural and social awareness essential to practical communication in doing business in/with the Chinese community of the world.
Students will also learn to reflect their own strengths, weaknesses and strategies in language learning.
Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One language class per week of 2 hours' duration plus at least 2 hours' independent learning each week.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Communicate orally in Chinese with developed accuracy and fluency in a range of predictable and unpredictable business contexts.

Gather information from authentic texts on a variety of informal and formal/technical/business genres.

Use their enhanced knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, syntax and register to produce formal business letter and reasonably long reports.

Increase intercultural knowledge and understanding of the business world in the Chinese-speaking community.
Syllabus:
Topics

Price Inquiry and Negotiation

Company/enterprice Types
Goods Delivery and Payment
Signing a Contract
Marketing and Advertisement
Sales and Service
Enterprise Management and Culture
Grammar/syntax/lexis

Various grammar structures
Complex and compound sentences
Formal business vocabulary and terminology
Colloquial expressions
Set phrases and collocations
Course Description:
This module will focus on further developing communicative competence of Chinese to a higher level, improving fluency and accuracy in both oral and written performances in business-related settings. Students will also be trained to use Chinese to solve problems possbily encountered in business cases, and to develop more advanced reading and writing techniques. It will involve student presentation on certain chosen topics and group discussion. The teaching is mainly based on authentic materials from media of the native speaking countries. The stimulus material (aural, written and visual) not only provides further consolidation of Chinese linguistic elements but also offers more insights into Chinese Business world.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced
French for Business Advanced 1 (LL250)


Summary
Level:

Advanced. This module is offered to undergraduates who already have a good knowledge of French: A level, grade A or B (or equivalent), or who have successfully completed French 4.

Main Objectives:

To strengthen reading and writing skills and reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the French language. Focus will be put on understanding French social. economic and political issues to enable students to engage with native speakers when visiting a French-speaking country and/or in a French speaking work environment.

Credits:

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks. Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

French for Business Advanced 2 (LL251)

Summary
Level:

Advanced. The module is offered to undergraduates who already have an advanced knowledge of French: i.e. good A level + 1 year of further study (or equivalent), or who have successfully completed French 5 or French for Business - Advanced 1. Students from the French department can take it as an option in first year, as they are accelerating their knowledge of French concurrently in other French modules.

Main Objectives:

To communicate more effectively in French in the business context.

Weighting:

30 CREDITS, also available as a 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of [email protected] (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Students will take part in the online exchange with the University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
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