Chinese language 3 (2020/2021)

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Barbara Bisetto
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Lezioni 6 Annuale (Lingue e letterature straniere) Barbara Bisetto, Michele Mannoni

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Esercitazioni linguistiche 3 Annuale (Lingue e letterature straniere) Chunye Niu

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should demonstrate that they possess a deep knowledge of modern Chinese language, particularly of modern Chinese lexicon concerning tourism and international commerce, enough for them to speak and write independently on topics regarding the specialized language of their major. At the end of the course students will reach a level of linguistic knowledge and a vocabulary required for an HSK4 certificate, corresponding to a B2 level in the international language standards.


The course is divided into two modules (Mod. 1 and Mod. 2), one for each semester.
The first module proposes, in the part of the language teacher, the reading as well as linguistic and metalinguistic analysis of materials and texts in the field of tourism to guide the student to develop a deeper understanding of the grammatical structures of the modern Chinese language and of translation issues in in the tourism sector. Lessons will be based on the language manual edited by C. Bulfoni et al (2017), “Il cinese per il turismo. Manuale di lingua e mediazione” and further texts provided by the teacher.
Specific training activities for the development of communicative competence, writing and phonetics are conducted by the native speaker teacher, with whom the students will perfect their conversation skills with reference to Volume 2 of the M. Abbiati and Z. manual. Ruoying (2010) “Dialogare in cinese. Corso di lingua colloquiale” and will study a selection of texts from Volume 5 of Mao Yue (2016) "New Target Chinese Spoken Language".

The second module develops a similar program of linguistic and metalinguistic reflection in reference to the language for specific purposes to guide the student to the understanding and translation of the basic legal-commercial language. The subject of the study will be the volume Business Chinese, edited by Jiaying Howard and Tsengtseng Chang and/or materials uploaded online by the teacher. Language and grammar lessons will be accompanied by conversation exercises with the native speaker teacher, which will allow students to actively use the basic specialist commercial vocabulary introduced by the language teacher.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final exam consists of a written test of theory (grammar, vocabulary, translation), a listening test and a conversation test in Chinese. It is necessary to obtain a pass mark in all three tests in order to pass the exam. All the parts of the exam must be passed in the same date: whoever wants or needs to repeat the exam must repeat all of its parts (written test, listening, and conversation).
Since attendance of lessons is mandatory, the tasks assigned by the mother tongue teachers during the teaching activity will contribute to the definition of the final grade.
HSK certificates will not be accepted as a substitute for the exam or any of its parts.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lezioni Jiaying Howard (庄稼婴), Tsengtseng Chang (张增增) Business Chinese 商业汉语 (Edizione 1) The Chinese University Press 2005 9789629962166 Attenzione: Esiste in commercio un volume quasi omonimo dal titolo "Business Chinese - An Advanced Reader 商业汉语高级读本", con medesima copertina ma isbn diverso (ISBN : 978-962-996-009-4), che *non* è il volume richiesto per questo corso.
Lezioni Magda Abbiati; Zheng Ruifang Dialogare in cinese 2. Corso di lingua colloquiale Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina 2011 978-88-7543-300-0
Lezioni MAGDA ABBIATI Grammatica di cinese moderno Cafoscarina 2003
Lezioni Bulfoni C.; De Troia P.; Pedone V.; Zhang T. Il cinese per il turismo. 导游汉语 Manuale di lingua e mediazione Ulrico Hoepli Editore S.p.A. 2017 9788820375119
Lezioni Mao Yue New Target Chinese Spoken Language 新目标汉语口语课本, Vol. 5 Beijing Language and Culture University Press 北京语言大学出版社 2018 9787561933169
Lezioni Teng Wen-hua Yufa! A Practical Guide to Mandarin Chinese Grammar (Edizione 2) Routledge 2016 9781138651142