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Bachelor of Arts in Chinese as a Foreign Language


BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CHINESE 

AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE



1.PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Arts in Chinese as a Foreign Language is designed for students who wish to equip themselves with interdisciplinary talents in language communication using thorough knowledge of the Chinese language and a deep understanding of the social and cultural aspects of China. The School of International Education (SIE) offers students the opportunity to combine their study with established disciplines in the School of Economics and Commerce (SEC), and the School of Journalism and Communication (SJC). Based on the distinguished record of teaching and research of the following Schools, the program offers 5 modules in International Relation, Chinese for Business and Trade, Chinese for Tourism, Chinese Language and Communication, and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.


In each program, students study Chinese for the first two years. Upon acquisition of a language foundation, students may then continue on to the final two years for further systematic study with Chinese students in SEC, SJC, or SIE.


2. PROGRAM SPECIALITY

(1) It offers 3.5+0.5 Overseas Internship Programs, such as Thailand PrinceofSongklaUniversity Credit Program.

(2) It provides concurrent Bachelor and Master Program: BA in Chinese as a Foreign Language (4 years) + MA in Journalism and Communication (International Dissemination of Chinese, 2 years).

(3) It offers major courses of MA in Journalism and Communication (International Dissemination of Chinese) as elective courses for those students who are intended to continue their master study in this field.

(2) It has its own Public Diplomacy and Intercultural Communication Research Center.

(3) It owns multiple entrepreneurship centers, such as Stem Cell Technology Corporation International Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.

(4) It provides alumni enterprise internship opportunities.


3. MAIN COURSES

Chinese language courses include: Basic Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, Advanced Chinese, Chinese Speaking, Chinese Reading, Chinese Listening, Newspaper Reading, Basic Writing, Dissertation Writing, Chinese Culture, IT Chinese, Scientific Chinese, Intercultural Communication etc.


4. MODULES

International Relation

(1) Course Aim: This module provides students with the means to cultivate an excellent understanding of world politics and economics, international relation, sociology, intercultural communication and foreign management and also equips them with applicable knowledge of foreign public affairs, transnational business, international issue analysis and reporting.

(2) Course Structure: Students in this module take Chinese language courses in Year 1 and Year 2 to achieve competent communication skills. In Year 3 and Year 4, students proceed to studies in international relation for deeper specialization in foreign public affairs, transnational business, international issue analysis and reporting.


(3) Curriculum: Overview of Chinese National Conditions, Public Economics, Comparative Analysis of Electoral System, Intercultural Communication, Public Policy Analysis, Management, PrinciplesofPoliticsScience, OrganizationalBehavior, ContemporaryChineseGovernmentandPolitics, HistoryofWestern Politics.


(4) Practicum: Language practice, business internship, field work in local governments and newspaper companies, and translation practicum.


Chinese for Business and Trade

(1) Course Aim: This module provides students with the means to cultivate an excellent understanding of the social and cultural aspects of China and also equips them with applicable knowledge of the Chinese language to facilitate a better handling of business and trade, broadening their career paths in this modern international business market.


(2) Course Structure: Students in this module take Chinese language courses in Year 1 and Year 2 to achieve competent communication skills. In Year 3 and Year 4, students proceed to studies in business and trade for deeper specialization in international trade, business development of China, and Chinese business culture.


(3) Curriculum: Including, but not limited to Survey of Chinese International Trade, Chinese Economics and Geography, Applicable International Trade, English for Business and Trade, Negotiation in International Business, E-Business, Culture of Chinese Business and Trade, Lectures in Business, and Trade.


(4) Practicum: Language practice and various opportunities for field work in participating companies and organizations


Chinese for Tourism

(1) Course Aim: This module provides students with the means to cultivate an excellent understanding of the social and cultural aspects of China, develops skills in using Chinese for tourism, and equips students with an applicable knowledge of the Chinese tourism industry and Chinese culture, history, geography and customs.


(2) Course Structure: Students in this module take Chinese language courses in Year 1 and Year 2 to achieve competent communication skills. In Year 3 and Year 4, students proceed to studies in tourism and Chinese culture for deeper specialization and the better handling of tourism management in Chinese.


(3) Curriculum: Chinese Tourism Business, Chinese Tourism Culture, Chinese Tourism Geography, Tourism Marketing, Reception Etiquette, Tour Guide Training, Tourism Hospitality Psychology, Lectures in Tourism


(4) Practicum: Language practice and field work in the tourism industry


Chinese Language and Communication

(1) Course Aim: This module provides students with the means to cultivate an excellent understanding of the social and cultural aspects of China and also equips them with applicable knowledge in the field of liberal arts and social sciences.  Students learn the theories and practice of communication which widens their career paths in cultural communication and mass media communication from global perspectives.


(2) Course Structure: Students in this module take Chinese language courses in Year 1 and Year 2 to achieve competent communication skills. In Year 3 and Year 4, students proceed to studies in communication for the deeper specialization needed to face cross cultural communication processes and other operational issues in the media industry when using Chinese as the language medium.


(3) Curriculum: Chinese Literature, Chinese and Western Cultures, Mass Media, Media Planning, and Marketing, Cross-Cultural Communication, Communication Linguistics, Network Communication


(4) Practicum: Language practice, field work in communication skills, and training in cultural communication in classes of international students


Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

(1) Course Aim: This module provides students with the means to cultivate excellence in Chinese language skills, Chinese culture and linguistics. Students master the theories and methodologies of language acquisition, which provides the competence necessary to teach Chinese as a foreign language.


(2) Course Structure: Students in this module take Chinese language courses in Year 1 and Year 2 to achieve competent communication skills.  In Year 3 and Year 4, students proceed to studies in teaching Chinese as a foreign language to strengthen expertise in Chinese linguistics, literature and culture. Students gain knowledge in the pedagogy and methodology of teaching Chinese as a foreign language.



(3) Curriculum: Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese, Chinese Literature, Outline of Chinese Culture, Differences between Chinese and Foreign Cultures, Outline of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Pedagogy of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language


(4) Practicum: Internship on language teaching


* Please note that the course curriculum is subject to change so please check the syllabus updated in each semester.


5. GRADUATION & CAREER

The Bachelor of Arts in Chinese as a Foreign Language Degree requires the New HSK Band 5 with scores above 210, the completion of a minimum of 160 credits, successfully defended dissertation, and satisfactory academic performance. Eligible graduates may receive a Higher Education Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree from SCUT.

Graduates with Chinese-language and subject oriented skills are highly sought after in the fields of international business and trade, tourism, hotel management, cultural communication, teaching Chinese, education, translation and interpretation, diplomacy, and foreign affairs.

6. STUDY DURATION

4 years


* You are allowed to start from the second or the third academic year depending on your Chinese proficiency. Please refer to Entry Requirements for details.

7. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

(1) For 1st year entrance: applicants must have graduated from high school and be above the age of 18. No Chinese language proficiency exams are given.


(2)To transfer into the 2nd year: applicants must have graduated from high school, be above the age of 18, have a score of 180 or higher on the New HSK Band 4.


(3)To transfer into the 3rd year: applicants must have graduated from high school, be above the age of 18, have a score of 180 or higher on the New HSK Band 5, and have at least 2 years of university course work..



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