Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Spring, even-numbered years
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
This course offers basic training in modern Mandarin. Mandarin is the main language in, among other places, mainland China and Taiwan, and is the gateway to one of the world's oldest civilizations. Mandarin has the most native speakers of any other language in the world. Students will develop practical writing and speaking skills in modern Mandarin. They will learn correct pronunciation with the help of the transcription system "Hanyu pinyin", a basic vocabulary, and a number of Chinese characters.
After completing the course, students will have introductory knowledge of the layout and structure of Chinese characters. They will be able to read simple texts and have a basic conversation in Mandarin.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good skills in English.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
100 % overlap with KIN621 and KIN623
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Instruction is organized as a series of lectures and group work. There will be 10 hours of teaching a week.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
This course has frequent at-home assignments. In order to be eligible to take the exam, students must turn in and have 75% of these assignments approved, and attend 75% of the classes.
The compulsory course assignments are valid for one semester after the semester of instruction.
Forms of Assessment
A 15-20 minute oral exam.
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.
The exam is offered in the same semester as the course as well as in the following semester for those who have completed the compulsory course assignments.
A textbook for new beginners, workbook, and multimedia tools.
The teaching will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Type of assessment: Oral examination