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Chinese and Linguistics

Bangor University
4 years
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Bachelor's degree
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Chinese and Linguistics

Program description

Chinese and Linguistics

Chinese is one of the world's biggest languages, with around one quarter of the entire world's population speaks Chinese as a native language. Chinese language skills are in demand. Many businesses in the UK and around the world are actively seeking employees who can speak Chinese and English.

Our Chinese and Linguistics BA course will provide you with advanced skills in the Mandarin language and a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into Chinese culture, society and history. The degree has language at the heart of it, with core modules developing the key oral, aural and written skills every year. These modules also foster cultural awareness, which you will need for your year abroad, and later on, for the world of work.

You will also develop a strong grounding in Linguistics - the study of language abilities, how they are acquired, how they are used, and how they may be impaired. Because speech is so central to our very existence it is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study.

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Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum of 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels (no specific subjects required)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • Access: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Chinese for Beginners 1 Core
  • Introduction to Language Core

Semester 2

  • Chinese for Beginners 2 Core

Optional Modules

  • French for Beginners I (Semester 1)
  • German for Beginners I (Semester 1)
  • Italian for Beginners I (Semester 1)
  • Spanish Begin./Intermed. 1 (Semester 1)
  • Transnational Cultures (Semester 2)
  • Creating National Histories (Semester 1)
  • Disgrifio Iaith (Semester 2)
  • Intro to English Grammar (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Language, Literature & Culture (Semester 2)
  • Language and Society (Semester 1)
  • Intro to Phonetics & Phonology (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Introduction to Meaning (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Chinese Language Skills Core
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies Core

Semester 2

  • Chinese Language Skills
  • Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Introduction to Bilingualism

Optional Modules

  • Sounds and Sound Systems (Semester 2)
  • Meaning, Mind and Truth (Semester 1)
  • Morphosyntax (Semester 1)
  • Ieithyddiaeth Gymraeg (Semester 1)
  • Functions of Discourse (Semester 2)
  • English Teaching in Classroom (Semester 1)
  • Amrywiaeth yn y Gymraeg (Semester 2)

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Advanced Chinese Lang Skills Core

Semester 2

  • Advanced Chinese Lang Skills

Optional Modules

  • Approaching Translation (Semester 2)
  • Culture and the Body (Semester 1)
  • Key topics in Chinese Studies (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Joint Hons Diss (English) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Joint Hons Diss (Target Lang) (Semester 1 + 2).
  • Language Contact & Bilinguals (Semester 2)
  • EFL Theory (Semester 1)
  • Child Language Acquisition (Semester 2)
  • SLA and Language Teaching (Semester 2)
  • Speech Science (Semester 1)
  • Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Language and Communication (Semester 1)
  • Psycholinguistics (Semester 2)
  • Agweddau ar Ddwyieithrwydd (Semester 1)
  • Historical Linguistics (Semester 2)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Joint Hons) degree.

Career opportunities

This course is an ideal background for many careers, especially those in the teaching and caring professions, but also in more 'high-tech' fields like computing and telecommunications.

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