Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Spring, even-numbered years.
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
This course offers students a further introduction to modern Mandarin. Students will develop practical writing and speaking skills in modern Mandarin as well as an expanded vocabulary, and will learn a number of Chinese characters. They will practice writing and using simple and common Chinese characters. The course also gives a practical review of the basic elements of grammar.
After completing the course, students will be able to read and write simple texts and have conversations about everyday topics in Mandarin.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good skills in English. KIN101 or equivalent.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
100 % overlap with KIN622 and KIN624.
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
The exam has two parts:
1) A three-hour written exam in grammar and reading and writing skills.
2) An oral exam in Chinese.
Both parts of the exam must be passed the same semester. The written exam is worth 60 % and the oral exam is worth 40 % of the final course grade. The written examination can be conducted digitally.
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: Written examination and oral examination
Exam part: Oral examination
Exam part: Written examination
- 3 hours