Singapore University of Social Sciences

Chinese Reading and Comprehension (CTI101)

Synopsis

The course is designed to promote a confident grasp of Chinese language through strengthening the students' comprehension skills. Each of the study units consists of two parts: the basics of reading and text analysis. Students are exposed to a wide range of text genres with special attention to historical background and cultural issues. Focus is placed on textual and stylistic feature analysis and vocabulary buildup. Content is drawn from newspaper articles, modern and classical literary works which are written by authors from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, France, Japan, Austria, and etc.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • The Principles of Reading
  • Selected Readings of Newspaper Articles
  • Selected Readings of Poetry
  • Selected Readings of Essays and Prose
  • Selected Readings of Novels and Short Stories
  • Selected Readings of Professional Writings

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the important skills involved in reading and comprehending advanced Chinese texts. (B1)
  • Demonstrate a high level of reading competence in Chinese. (B3)
  • Review advanced Chinese texts such as literary works and real-life Chinese documents (B2)
  • Describe genre through reading different types of Chinese texts (B2)
  • Develop good appreciation and analytical skills in Chinese which put them in a better position to produce translations of higher quality. (B3)
  • State cultural and social implication on language. (B1)
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