Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Yan Wen
  • Credits: 5
  • SSD: L-OR/21
  • Language: Chinese
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Specialized translation (cod. 9174)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Specialized translation (cod. 9174)

Learning outcomes

The student knows the basic features (terms, concepts and methods) needed for the study of the structure, functions and textual organization of the Chinese language; s/he knows the basic techniques required for information mining, drafting, editing and revising text and is able to understand, analyze and coherently produce complex written texts (but also oral speeches) belonging to various specialized text types and genres.

Course contents

During the first part, students will be asked to read and analyze different materials such as literature,newspaper articles and social network extracts, dealing with current social issues, in order to improve their familiarity on complex syntactic structures. In the second section, the course will focus on writing ability starting from correction and revision exercises; in a further step, students will need to develop their own papers, based on topics and writing technique assimilated during the course.


Suggested readings:

Abbiati M., (2014) Grammatica del cinese moderno, Venezia: Cafoscarina

Romagnoli C., (2016) Grammatica cinese, Milano: Hoeplin


Zhao X., (2013) Il dizionario cinese-italiano, italiano-cinese, Bologna: Zanichelli

Casacchia, G., Bai Y., (2013) Dizionario cinese-italiano, Venezia: Cafoscarina.

Lv S., Ding S., (2012) Xiandai hanyu cidian (Modern Chinese Dictionary), Beijing:Shangwu yinshuguan

Further materials will be submitted by the teacher and available on Moodle platform

Teaching methods

The materials selected aim to draw students attention to the chinese current events and complex syntactic structures of chinese language. Through careful analyze of the above mentioned texts, difficulties related to writing skills will be highlighted.

Duration of the course (COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE 70%): 40 hours in traditional lecture mode + 40 practising hours with native chinese teacher

As concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend the online Modules 1, 2 on Health and Safety [https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/health-and-assistance/health-and-safety/online-course-on-health-and-safety-in-study-and-internship-areas].

Assessment methods

the assessment consists in two tests and the final vote will be the average of both.

- writing test: students will need to complete a writing task, topic to be defined with the teacher.

- oral test: students will need to introduce and discuss on their writing project.

Teaching tools

Learning evaluation scale


Excellent level. The candidate possesses excellent language skills, with a very high level of competence in Chinese.


Above average level. The candidate makes only minor errors, and shows a solid command of the required skills and competences.

24– 26

Generally sound level. The candidate displays a number of shortcomings, indicating a reasonable command of the required skills and competences.


Adequate level. The candidate displays significant shortcomings and only an adequate command of the required skills and competences.

18– 20

Minim level. The candidate only meets the minimum level required and shows a minimal command of the required skills and competences.

< 18 Fail

The candidate’s does not meet the required standard and shows a wholly inadequate command of the required skills and competences.

Office hours

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