cle courses

  • CLE021. SUSTech English I
    (4 credits)

    SUSTech English I (SE I) is the first 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 study. In this course, students are given plenty of opportunities and encouraged to practice their oral English and communicative skills both in and beyond the classroom. By engaging in meaningful discussions on 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. Writing practice is another focus in this course. 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-to-be.

    CLE022. SUSTech English II
    (4 credits)

    SUSTech English II (SE II) 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 reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for fluent English communication, but also includes cross-cultural skills and language study skills to assist students to have a success in their learning of the content courses instructed in English language. It aims to help students construct their English language knowledge and skills 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 the upper intermediate level (CEFR B2/IELTS 5-6/TOEFL 87-100). The writing and presentation included in the assessment aim to develop students’ ability to analyze, criticize, and express ideas concisely in English. The course introduces the 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 preparing and practicing their presentation, student’s effective presentation skills will be developed and their cross-cultural competence can be boosted.

    CLE023. SUSTech English III
    (4 credits)

    SUSTech English III (SE III) is the third and advanced course of SUSTech English in the Center for Language Education’s 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. Informative 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. 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.

  • CLE008. Elementary Chinese I
    (2 credits)

    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.

    CLE009. Elementary Chinese II
    (2 credits)

    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.

    CLE027. Intermediate Chinese I
    (2 credits)

    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.

    CLE028. Intermediate Chinese II
    (2 credits)

    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.

    CLE031. Advanced Chinese I
    (2 credits)

    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.

    CLE032. Advanced Chinese II 
    (2 credits)

    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.

    CLE033. Chinese Culture
    (2 credits)

    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.  

    CLE034. Chinese History
    (2 credits)

    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.

  • EAP Writing Workshop: Using Punctuation Marks in Academic Writing

    Dr. Ma Ji presenting on "Using Punctuation Marks in Academic Writing", focusing on the details associated with correct usage of these critical symbols, and their importance in English writing.

    EAP Workshop: Planning Your Academic Argument

    Our EAP Workshop Series continued in it's second week, with Chu Yu presenting on the topic of "Planning Your Academic Argument" as it applies to not only research writing, but generally, to any variety of issues pertaining to writing skills.

    EAP Workshop: The Pitfalls of Plagiarism

    The EAP Team began a series of four EAP Writing Workshops, with Matthew Jellick presenting on "The Pitfalls of Plagiarism".  Focusing on both why plagiarism should be avoided, as well as some tools for avoidance, the hour-long session included examples of famous people who have been caught plagiarizing, acting as examples to the students.

    EAP Workshop: The Pitfalls of Plagiarism

    The Center for Language Education (CLE) will host a ser […]

    International EAP Class

    Meeting every Monday evening online at 7pm China time, Matthew hosts a separate class, live on Zoom, with international students from Cambodia and Kazakhstan joining for an engaging, interactive and rather demanding course.

    EAP Fall 2020

      EAP: Looking forward to a Great Semester!

    CLE YouTube Channel

    We invite you to take a look and find out more information about us through this digital platform, and reach out to us if you would like to contribute, too.

    EAP Workshop Series

    the CLE English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Team will be hosting a series of four Workshops during the Fall Semester.

    EAP Team Wins the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press Award

    The English for Academic Purposes Team from the CLE recently entered the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) contest.