Standards and Objectives
Training Standards: Undergraduate (starting from associate degree education), two years, three years part-time study. Minimum duration of study is at least two and a half years.
Objectives: The programme aims to cultivate practical high-level English professionals who possess a solid basic knowledge of the English language and strong English communication skills. As such, they will be able to adapt to the needs of English teaching work and possess both strong ability and political integrity.
This programme aims to cultivate students who possess good ideology, social morals and professional ethics, and value unity and cooperation.
In terms of professional competence, the students are expected to be equipped with basic English language skills, strong English comprehension and a broad scope of knowledge. They should be familiar with theoretical knowledge regarding English teaching and be able to apply theories into teaching practice. They should be able to leverage educational and information technology to carry out English teaching. Furthermore, their key skills will include innovation, independent thinking and cross-cultural communication. Lastly, they will have developed good study habits and strong self-study abilities.
In terms of their physical qualities, the students are expected to work energetically with a sound mind and body.
Objective: Bachelor of Arts
Students majoring in Business English must meet the following requirements after graduation:
1. Pronunciation: Correct pronunciation and intonation, and fluent speech.
2. Grammar: Use the grammar knowledge acquired to communicate skillfully.
3. Vocabulary: Master 7000-8000 words (including 800 business words and phrases), of which 3500-4000 words and their regular collocations must be able to be used skillfully.
4. Listening: Understand English news broadcasts and speeches on politics, economy, culture, education and popular science, as well as other listening materials made in English by foreign scholars at a normal speed (at a rate of approximately 150 words per minute), understand the main points and grasp the author’s intention, attitude and emotion.
5. Speaking: Communicate on familiar topics in English, introduce China’s culture, national conditions and educational policies, and put forward personal opinions with basically correct language and properly chosen words and phrases.
6. Reading: Read and understand written materials in common styles; analyze the ideology and viewpoints, chapter structure and literary style of academic papers; conscientiously absorb language knowledge so as to improve overall ability to express opinions; reach a reading speed of approximately 150 words per minute; read and understand English materials of intermediate difficulties with the help of reference materials; adopt different reading skills to obtain the information needed according to different reading goals.
7. Writing: Write a short essay of 200 words or so with a clear central theme, reasonable structure and basically correct language within half an hour according to the subject provided; write summaries and give comments on materials read, heard and understood, using clear and precise language; complete short, practical written pieces conforming to basic standards or style and language usage.
8. Translation: Master basic English-Chinese translation skills and translate materials of intermediate difficulties, with the translation being faithful to the original, and the language fluent and matching the conventions of English and/or Chinese expression. The speed of translation from English into Chinese is expected to be 230-280 words every hour and vice versa.
Oral interpretation: be able to undertake interpretation work in general topics.
9. English Teaching abilities: Be able to create good English learning environment and communicate with students in a timely manner; master fundamentals in linguistics, applied linguistics and basic theories in English teaching; be familiar with common teaching methods of listening, speaking, reading and writing and be able to put them into teaching practice; know well the requirements of curriculum standards and teaching syllabus and be able to provide students with assessments and appropriate evaluations according to the requirements; be able to utilise common modern educational technology into class; be able to make constant reflections on teaching effects and possess the abilities to conduct primary teaching research and paper writing.
10. Computer skills: Be able to use the following: word processing applications, graph/chart applications, e-mail systems, and QQ/MSN. Skillful in using the Internet to search for useful information. Be able to use PPT and make simple courseware in English teaching.
11. Using reference books and dictionaries: Use the relevant English reference books to independently handle language problems and difficulties; use relevant tool books to enlarge knowledge scope and carry out research on simple subjects.
12. Artistic appreciation: Possess a wide range of knowledge and an understanding of the geography, history, culture, business environment and current state of development of major English-speaking countries; be familiar with Chinese culture and have good Chinese language ability; possess a basic knowledge of natural sciences.
The programme comprises eight modules: Public Elementary Courses, Specialized Elementary Courses, Specialized Courses, Certificate Courses, Second Foreign Language, General Education Courses, Practical Courses and Make-up Courses.
1. Public Elementary Courses
A minimum of five credits from this module is set for the CCRTVU final exam. At least 12 credits are offered for this module.
Compulsory Courses: Learning Guide for Open Education, Basic Computer Applications (undergraduate).
Optional Courses: Thesis Writing Guide. This course is degree oriented (mandatory for degree applicants) but not included in the total graduation credits.
2. Specialized Elementary Courses
A minimum of 26 credits from this module is set for the CCRTVU final exam. At least 30 credits are offered for this module.
Compulsory Courses: Advanced English (1), Advanced English (2), Advanced English Listening and Speaking (1), Advanced English Listening and Speaking (2), Advanced English Reading (1), Advanced English Reading (2) and Advanced English Writing.
Optional Course: Advanced English (3), Translation Theory and Practice.
3. Specialized Courses
A minimum of 12 credits from this module is required for the CCRTVU final exam. At least 28 credits are offered for this module.
Compulsory Courses: Applied Linguistics, Appreciation and Analysis of English Literature, English Teaching Theory and Practice.
Optional Courses: Computer Assisted English Teaching and Learning (undergraduate), English Teaching Research and Methods, Cross-cultural Communication, English Assessments and English Teaching Design for Kids.
4. Certificate Courses
No credits from this module are required for the CCRTVU final exam. A minimum of six credits is offered for this module.
Optional courses: Public English Test System (level 4) (PETS-4), Test for English Majors (level 4) (TEM-4), and Intermediate Translation, Intermediate Interpretation, Teacher Qualification Certificate (education orientation).
5. Second Foreign Language
No credits from this module are required for the CCRTVU final exam. A minimum of 12 credits is offered for this module.
Students applying for a degree should complete the second foreign language course as required by the university. Credits from the Second foreign language course are included in the total graduation credits.
Optional courses: Japanese (1), Japanese (2), French (1), French (2), Russian (1), Russian (2), Korean (1), Korean (2), Thai (1), Thai (2).
6. General Education Courses
A minimum of two credits from this module is required for graduation. General education and the setting of general education courses is one of the key characteristics of CCRTVU personnel training. It is a special measure to ensure the implementation of quality education. None of the courses in this module can be exempted from study or examination.
CCRTVU diploma holders who have registered for general education courses in their previous major and attempt to re-register to study a new major may not re-enroll in previously studied general education courses or apply for exemption from such courses. The minimum credits for graduation can be acquired through the study of other general education courses in this module.
7. Practical Course
This programme refers to teaching practice, which is compulsory and made up of with eight credits. It is organized for implementation by local open universities according to the syllabus scheduled by the CCRTVU. The course cannot be exempted.
8. Make-up Courses
Make-up Courses refer to courses that are necessary for those students who enroll in an undergraduate degree programme (starting from associate degree education) without the associate degree certificate or equivalent foundation knowledge for the programme. Credits from make-up courses are compulsory for those students who are required to make up their courses and they are also necessary for graduation evaluation. The CCRTVU uniformly designates courses, syllabi, and teaching requirements for these courses, recommends teaching materials and provides related teaching support. Available make-up courses include: Comprehensive English (3), English Listening and Speaking (2), English Reading (2), English Writing and English Grammar. Students are required to choose two of the courses (eight credits).
Description of Curriculum
1. The compulsory courses offered by the CCRTVU use unified course names, credit standards, teaching materials and examinations. For uniformly allocated optional courses, the CCRTVU will provide as much teaching support as possible, while for non-unified optional courses, local open universities should offer teaching support.
2. Practical course results are included in the overall learning outcomes. Students who have not completed practical courses will not receive credit.
3. The schedule set for each course in the timetable in this programme is determined by the sequence relationships of courses based on the professional knowledge structure, which is provided for students' reference when choosing the courses. For every compulsory course in the programme, rolling courses will be open year-round.
The marks for every course are divided into two parts, formative assessment and summative examination. The results of the formative assessment must be put on record, and no arbitrary changes are allowed after the examination.
The minimum credits for every module are as follows:
Public Elementary Courses: 5 credits
Specialized Elementary Courses: 26 credits
Specialized Courses: 24 credits
Certificate Courses: 0 credits
Second foreign language: 0 credits
General education courses: 2 credits (no less than 2 credits)
Practical Courses: 8 credits
Make-up courses: 8 credits
The lowest number of total credits for graduation is 71 credits (71+8 credits required for students who need to repeat courses). The sum of credits for all modules is at least 65. A minimum of 43 total credits from all modules is required for the CCRTVU final exam.
The rules of applying for degrees will be carried out according to the rules for the implementation of conferring degrees by the cooperative schools.
1. Advanced English (1), (2), (3)
The Advanced English (1), (2), (3) series comprises specialized elementary courses for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language. The series aims to reinforce comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation by continuously consolidating students’ basic English skills, so as to expand their knowledge, enhance their sensibility of cultural differences and increase their comprehensive English communication abilities.
Each of the Advanced English courses is open for one semester, with 5 credits and 90 credit hours for each semester, for a total of 15 credits and 270 credit hours.
2. Advanced English Listening and Speaking (1), (2)
The Advanced English Listening and Speaking (1) (2) series are compulsory courses for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language. The series aim to foster and enhance the listening and speaking skills required in daily cultural life through systematic training in listening skills and a diverse range of oral training and practice activities.
Each of the Advanced English Listening and Speaking courses is open for one semester, with three credits and 54 credit hours for each semester, for a total of 6 credits and 108 credit hours.
3. Advanced English Reading (1), (2)
The Advanced English Reading (1), (2) series is a compulsory skills series for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language. The series aims to help students understand a range of article styles and themes through broad reading. It teaches them to consciously absorb language knowledge on the base of understanding, adopt different reading skills to obtain the information they need, and analyze the ideology, point of view, structure and literary style of an article.
Each of the Advanced English Reading courses is open for one semester, with three credits and 54 credit hours for each semester, for a total of 6 credits and 108 credit hours.
4. Advanced English Writing
Advanced English Writing is a compulsory course for the CCRTVU undergraduate major in English Language. The course aims to provide systematical writing skills training for students based on their acquired writing abilities so as to foster students’ abilities in understanding writing rules and enhance their writing skills and to improve their communication abilities through written English.
Advanced English Writing is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
5. Translation Theory and Practice
Translation Theory and Practice is a compulsory course for the CCRTVU undergraduate major in English Language, as well as a course that attaches great importance to practice. The course aims to help students master English translation lexically syntactically as well as to understand English-Chinese translation knowledge, theories and skills in common English styles so as to improve their English-Chinese translation abilities.
Translation Theory and Practice is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
6. Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics is a compulsory course for the CCRTVU undergraduate major in English Language (education orientation). It aims to help students understand fundamentals of linguistics related to English teaching, especially the application of such fundamentals into English teaching so as to make students master efficient teaching methods and strategies and apply them into their English teaching. The teaching content includes corrective feedback, acquisition of second language, impacts of native language on second language etc.
Applied Linguistics is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
7. Appreciation and Analysis of English Literature
Appreciation and Analysis of English Literature is a compulsory course for the CCRTVU undergraduate major in English Language (education orientation). It aims to foster students’ abilities to read, understand and appreciate original literature works. It helps improving students’ English comprehension level and expressional abilities through studying literature works and literature fundamentals so as to increase their understanding in English literature and western culture as well as to cultivate their interest in reading and appreciating literature works, ultimately improving their humanity qualities. The course emphasises on the characteristics of literature language and guides students read chapters in famous English novels, poems, dramas and essays.
Appreciation and Analysis of English Literature is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
8. English Teaching Theory and Practice
English Teaching Theory and Practice is a compulsory course for the CCRTVU undergraduate major in English Language (education orientation). It aims to help students master fundamental theories and practical skills in teaching English for secondary and primary school students. It is one of the specialty courses, emphasizing on close integration of English teaching theories and practice. The content includes English teaching theories, introduction of English teaching genres, English teaching methods and skills as well as process design for English teaching etc.
English Teaching Theory and Practice is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
Cross-cultural Communication is an optional course for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language (education orientation). The course aims to help students broaden their international vision, promote awareness of cross-cultural communication, and foster cross-cultural ability and overall quality through the analysis of cases in different cultural scenarios, dimensions, and customs, and the study of the basic skills necessary for handling sensitive cross-cultural communication problems .
Cross-cultural Communication is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
Computer Assisted English Teaching and Learning （Undergraduate）
Computer Assisted English Teaching and Learning is an optional course for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language (education orientation). It aims to help students understand basic principles in computer assisted English teaching in secondary schools and get familiar with the regular steps, dos and don’ts in making English learning courseware for secondary school students. Be able to master methods of using multimedia tools to make multimedia works. This course is practical and operational oriented, empasising on how to use and make courseware to attract students’ interest in studying English. By comprehensive usage of text, voice, images etc., the students will be able to improve their abilities in teaching English by computer-assisted means.
Computer Assisted English Teaching and Learning is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
English Teaching Research and Methods
English Teaching Research and Methods is an optional course for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language (education orientation). It aims to help students understand common research methods in English teaching, such as qualitative and quantitative research etc., and get them familiar with the process of behaviour study of English teachers as well as effectively apply them into practice of English teaching so as to solve practical teaching issues and improve teaching quality.
English Teaching Research and Methods is open for one semester, with 4 credits and 72 credit hours.
Public English Test System (level 4) (PETS-4)
PETS-4 is optional for CCRTVU undergraduate majors in English Language. It aims to help students pass PETS-4 and obtain the relevant certificates. The course aims to help students reach PETS-4 requirements through comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation.
PETS-4 is open for one semester, with 3 credits and 54 credit hours.
Teaching Practice (undergraduate)
Teaching Practice is a practical course within the CCRTVU undergraduate major in English Language (education orientation). It is an important part of the education process and a significant step in realizing the core learning targets of the major. Through a range of practical activities, the course aims to foster students’ ability to use the knowledge and skills they have learnt to deal with practical teaching problems and to conduct primary class teaching and research so that they can competently undertake teaching and research after graduation.
With 8 credits, the course is compulsory and should be completed after students have finished both the compulsory and optional courses.