Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Online instruction and a seminar in Bergen
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
Good skills in English
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
100 % overlap with KIN621 and KIN101
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to continuing and further education (EVU)
Teaching and learning methods
Instruction is organized as a series of lectures and group work. There will be 4 hours of online instruction a week for 10 weeks, as well as an introductory seminar in Bergen.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
This course has frequent at-home assignments. In order to be eligible to take the exam, students must turn in assignments throughout the semester, and have 75% of them approved.
Forms of Assessment
A 15-20 minute oral exam.
It is possible to take the exam in the spring following the semester of instruction. In order to take the exam in the spring, the compulsory course assignments must be approved during the semester
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.
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, which will include student feedback.
Type of assessment: Oral examination