CHINESE AND SOUTH-EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of the course is the acquisition of a solid linguistic competence of spoken and written Chinese at the introductory level.
The course also includes an introduction to Chinese culture and literature.
Course contents summary
Grammar-related topics: units 1 to 5 in the adopted textbook.
Introduction to Chinese culture and literature: Origins and classifications of characters; Script and history (chapters 1 and 6 in Alessandra Lavagnino, Silvia Pozzi. 2013. Cultura cinese. Segno, scrittura e civiltà, Carocci, Milano).
Clara Bulfoni, Sun Xiaoli. 2012. Corso di lingua cinese elementare, Edizioni Unicopli, Milano.
Alessandra Lavagnino, Silvia Pozzi. 2013. Cultura cinese. Segno, scrittura e civiltà, Carocci, Milano.
Optional: Clara Bulfoni, Zhang Yongfen. 2008. Tingting, dudu, xiexie (Ascolta, leggi, scrivi): supplemento al “Corso di lingua cinese elementare”, Cuem, Milano.
The course will take place through lectures and practical exercises in the classroom, aimed at consolidating grammatical topics and pronunciation. In addition to the adopted textbook, additional materials, including multimedia, will be used in the classroom. Students will be required to carry out individual and in-depth study, the merit for which will be assessed during the exam, as well as actively participate in class.
Assessment methods and criteria
Evaluation through final written and oral exams.
- character recognition and transcription in pinyin;
- multiple choice, character reordering, and sentence correction;
- translation from Italian to Chinese and vice versa.
The use of dictionaries is not allowed.
The student must be able to read and translate texts in Chinese characters and analyze their syntactic structure, using the specific terminology acquired during the course.
Oral: one topic chosen by the student, followed by questions.