Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT006I (AF:280080 AR:157536)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
9 out of 18 of CHINESE LANGUAGE 1
Surnames S-Z
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of the most important structures of the written and spoken Chinese language. The course falls within the basic ones of the Chinese course of the Degree Course in Languages, Cultures and Societies of Asia and of Northern Africa, and provides students with the first methodological tools in the linguistic-philological-glottodidactic field .
Objectives of the course are: to develop a capacity for reflection on language and to provide basic methodological tools for linguistic analysis and interlinguistic comparison. Particular attention is given to phonological, morphological and syntactic aspects. Achieving these goals will allow the students to build solid foundations to develop further skills and knowledge.
1. Knowledge and understanding
1A. Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the basic linguistic terminology and understand the texts that use it.
1B. Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the basic mental structures of language and of the linguistic acquisition process both of mother tongue and of the foreign language, with particular reference to Chinese.
2. Have the ability to apply knowledge and understanding
2 A. Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of how to correctly use the linguistic terminology in some of the processes of application and communication of the acquired knowledge.
2 B. Knowing how to operate a simple linguistic analysis of different aspects of one's mother tongue and of the Chinese language, taking into account the universal properties of language and the parameters of interlinguistic variation with respect to some specific phenomena.
2 C. Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the basic mental structures of language and of the linguistic acquisition process both of mother tongue and Chinese
3. Ability to judge
3 A. Knowing how to formulate and argue simple hypotheses, also developing a critical approach to the evaluation of alternative hypotheses.
4. Communication skills
4 A. Knowing how to communicate the specificities of linguistic reflection, using appropriate terminology.
4 B. Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of how to interact on an elementary level with peers and with the tutor, in a critical and respectful way, both in class and on the forum of the virtual classroom.
5. Learning skills
5 A. Knowing how to take notes and share them in a collaborative way on the online platform.
CEFR Level A1 - Breakthrough-Beginner
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Good knowledge of the grammar and the syntax of the Italian language. Good knowledge of the English language.
Principles of grammar and exercises (30 ore); the full study program is to be found at . Access by loggin in with your student registration number, choose the course and insert the access key: LT006I_1617
tutorial A: conversation practice (60 hours);
tutorial B: writing practice (60 hours).
tutorial C: conversation tutoring for small groups;
tutorial D: writing tutoring for small groups.
Claudia Ross and Jing-heng Sheng Ma, Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar - A Practical Guide, Routledge, London and New York, 2006 e succ. (
Claudia Ross, Jing-heng Sheng Ma e Baozhang He, Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar - Workbook, Routledge, London and New York, 2006 e succ. (
Abbiati, M., Grammatica di cinese moderno, Cafoscarina, Venezia 1998.

Abbiati, M. e Zhang Ruoying, Dialogare in cinese: corso di lingua colloquiale, vol. 1, Cafoscarina, Venezia 2011. Listening exercises are also available online, in Materiale ISA Prof. Abbiati: Esercitazioni/Cinese I anno.

Abbiati, M., Materiali ed esercizi per l'apprendimento della grammatica cinese moderna, Cafoscarina, Venezia 2010, part 1 (also available on the University website:, in the section “Magda Abbiati, Materiale I.S.A., Esercitazioni/Cinese II anno.”).
Abbiati, M., La lingua cinese, Cafoscarina, Venezia 1992, or Abbiati, M., Guida alla lingua cinese, Carocci, Roma 2008.

Casacchia G. and Bai Yukun, Grande dizionario Cinese-Italiano, IsIAO, Roma 2008, 2 vols., or
Zhang Shi Hua, Dizionario cinese-italiano italiano-cinese, Hoepli, Milano 2007, or
Wang Huanbao, Wang Jun, Shen Emei, Ke Baotai, Dizionario cinese. Italiano-cinese cinese-italiano, De Agostini, Novara 2006.
Zhao Xiuying, Il Dizionario di Cinese - Dizionario Italiano-Cinese Cinese-Italiano, De Agostini, Novara, 2013 (version with DVD ROM for both Windows e Mac operating systems) (
Pleco E-dictionary (
The assessment of learning takes place through a written test consisting of a grammar test, a writing test, and a listening comprehension
Frontal lessons that also use educational modules available on the e-learning platform of the university These modules offer the student the possibility to solve case studies of real linguistic problems and allow him / her to compare, sometimes even through videos, their own solutions with those proposed by the teacher or those used in practice.
This is a two terms course. The first term exam consists of a written test on principles of grammar, listening comprehension and writing skills.

Students get 18 credits by passing both the first term exam and the second term exam.
The 10 cfu exam of the previous course of Chinese Language 1-1 consists of the same program and the same tests of the new course of Chinese Language 1 (first term).

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 22/06/2018