SUSTech English I (SE 1) is the first and the elementary course in the Center for Language Education core curriculum. The course aims to improve the accuracy, fluency, and overall communicative competence of students for their university career. In this course, students are given plenty of opportunities to practice their oral English and communicative skills both in and beyond the classroom. By engagement in meaningful discussions in-class about various well-selected topics, students are able to gain confidence gradually as English speakers. Moreover, throughout the course, students are required to complete group projects, which motivate English utilization outside of classroom. To achieve its mission, writing practice in this course is focused on paragraphs. Following the steps of collaborative writing, independent writing, and reflective writing, with responsibilities added along the way, the course not only helps students to become better writers but also builds the character of an independent and responsible scholar.
SUSTech English II (SE 2) is the second course in the Center for Language Education core curriculum. It builds upon the skills introduced in SUSTech English I or further develops skills which students already have. The skills targeted in SUSTech English II will be needed in future courses. The course not only introduces the basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for fluent English communication, but also includes cross-cultural skills and language study skills to assist students in studying professional courses instructed in English as the teaching medium. It aims to help students at the basic level of English proficiency to construct knowledge in English by themselves under the guidance of their English teachers, and more importantly through their practice both in class and after class. By the end of the course, their English proficiency should be able to reach to B1(pre-intermediate) (CET-4 550/IELTS 6/TOEFL 75). The writing and presentation included in the assessment aim to develop students’ability to analyze, criticize, and express ideas. The course introduces basic essay writing skills at the college level. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to plan, organize and express ideas effectively and in grammatically correct sentences. In the process of planning their presentation, students will not only learn more about different cultures, but they will also learn and practice their presentation skills. Students, both as presenters and audience members, will become more engaged so that their cross-cultural competence can be boosted.
SUSTech English III (SE 3) is the third and advanced course of SUSTech English in the Center for Language Education core curriculum. Moving beyond the basic and intermediate skills, SUSTech English III pushes into advanced levels. It also aims to prepare students for the academic writing course, English for Academic Purposes. SUSTech English III further enhances learner’s ability to comprehend reading and listening materials through interactions with more complex and culturally diverse materials. Through individual presentations, students are introduced to concepts of researching, paraphrasing and citations. They present findings from literature exploration in an academic manner. Moreover, students engage in thought-provoking discussion on current topics, via which students acquire significant discussion skills and critical thinking capability. Writing assignments include more advanced essays. Narrative writing and argumentative writing are incorporated in the course to reinforce students’ skills of writing a thesis statement and expressing one’s own voice in written language. The weighting of process in writing assignments and constructive feedback from both peers and instructors support the cultivation of intellectual character among students, paving their way to enter the academic community of practice.
This course provides language training of Mandarin Chinese to second/foreign language learners. The course starts from the Chinese phonetics: initials and finals, and then introduces initial-final combinations, tones and modulations. On the basis of the above field, radicals, characters, words and basic sentence patterns will be introduced. All the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing will be trained in the course. By the end of the course, students are expected to use learned Mandarin to solve daily problems in limited way.
This course is a continuation of Elementary Chinese I. The course focuses on the use of more vocabularies and structures, especially the use of modal particles, location words, modal verbs and separable verbs. On sentence level: progression, manner, duration and completion of an act will be introduced and students are also expected to use learned functional words to express time, attitude, and expectation. By the end of the course, students should learn at least 700 Chinese words and develop an equivalent language ability of HSK-3.
This course provides language training of Mandarin Chinese to second/foreign language learners. The course aims to give comprehensive trainings of Mandarin Chinese with emphasis on oral and listening skills. The course content consists of a variety of patterns of daily expressions, especially on how to express frequency, emphasis, continuation and past experience. Comparative structures and passive sentences are the key parts to take efforts and the course will also introduce a few idioms and culture knowledge from the texts. By the end of the course, students are expected to apply learned materials and express themselves at paragraph levels.
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. The course fosters students’ abilities to better use the learned vocabularies and grammars in real life setting. More efforts will be taken on oral tasks of using complement of potentiality, series of ba-sentence, as well as general, specific and fuzzy references. The course will also talk about some idioms and culture knowledge related to the content. By the end of the course, students should learn at least 1200 Chinese words and develop an equivalent language ability of HSK- 4.
An advanced language course designed to improve and extend students’ language abilities and knowledge in Chinese. Most of the learning materials are narrative essays reflecting the contemporary society of China. Students will also learn functional expressions in context and participate in conversations and discussions of different topics. By the end of the course, students will be able to search information and use learned materials to give presentations on their interested topics.
This course is a continuation of advanced Chinese I. The course summarizes how Chinese language organizes its phonetic elements, words, sentence patterns, paragraphs, and familiarizes students with different types of stories, essays and video resources reflecting contemporary society and cultural lives in China. Functional expressions and oral communications will be learned and practiced in context. And the aim of the course is to promote students to communicate their thoughts in correct and decent Chinese. By the end of the course, student should learn at least 2500 Chinese words and develop an equivalent language ability of HSK-5.
Lecture, 2 credits, 2 hours per week. Pre-requisites:N/A. This course systematically introduces Chinese philosophy and religions, literature, arts (including calligraphy), education, traditional festivals, cuisine and food culture, clothes, architecture, etc. It was designed to make the students understand Chinese culture in those aspects when they study Chinese language and subject knowledge here at SUSTech. Combining their own experience in China, the students will deepen their understanding of Chinese culture after taking this course. The course is mainly for international students.
Lecture, 2 credits, 2 hours per week. Pre-requisites:N/A. This course systematically introduces Chinese history which can be traced back to thousands of years ago. Following the chronological order of dynastical evolution, the course provides explanation and description of China’s development in politics, economy, society, culture, literature and arts, science and technology in different historical periods. It was designed to let the students have a comprehensive understanding of Chinese long history when they study Chinese language and subject knowledge here at SUSTech. It will also help the students better understand China’s current political systems, cultural and social customs as well as moral norms. The course is mainly for international students.
Lecture, 2 credits, 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: SUSTech English III. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is the fourth and final course in the Center for Language Education (CLE) core curriculum. It focuses on research writing and teaches students the skills necessary to use English effectively in a variety of academic contexts. Throughout the course, students are given ownership over their work, including being allowed to focus on topics which interest them, think critically, and develop their topics through research into a group presentation and individual argumentative research paper that meets academic standards. In addition to groupwork, peer editing also plays an important role, encouraging students to support each other, with the teacher acting as a guiding facilitator. Within the EAP framework, presentation and writing parameters are set, while at the same time, aiming to give students autonomy over their work, encouraging them through constructive feedback from both the teacher as well as their classmates. By completing the course, students are expected be aware of, and produce, work that conforms to academic norms. The course itself is demanding and acts as the benchmark for English-language instruction with the CLE at Southern University of Science and Technology.