Training Standards and Objectives

The Open University of China (OUC) has designed this as a three-year part-time undergraduate programme (starting from associate degree education). The minimum period of schooling required is two and a half years.

The goal of the programme is to cultivate professionals with a solid foundation in the English language and good communicative skills, equipped to handle jobs in English teaching and related fields.

The students shall obtain a solid foundation in the English language, strong English proficiency and a wide range of knowledge; be familiar with theoretical knowledge pertinent to English teaching and be able to apply it in English teaching practice; have the ability to teach English with modern education technology and information technology; be capable of independent thinking and innovation; cultivate good study habits, effective learning strategies and strong self-study ability.

Degree target: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree

The programme is offered in cooperation with Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), and degree applications shall be handled according to the degree granting regulations of BLCU.

Enrollment Target

Students holding a vocational/college diploma or above and having a foundation in the English language may enroll in this programme. Non-English major diploma holders must take two additional conversion courses (8 credits).

Teaching Requirements

On graduation, the students shall meet the following requirements:

  • Speech: Have correct pronunciation and intonation and speak fluently.
  • Grammar: Be able to correctly apply knowledge of grammar in English communication.
  • Vocabulary: Learn 7000-8000 English words, and proficiently use 3500-4000 of them and their commonly used collocations.
  • Listening Comprehension: Be able to understand English news broadcast at normal speed (about 150 words per minute) and English lectures by foreign scholars on politics, economics, culture, education and popular science, as well as other recorded materials on non-specialised topics, grasping the general ideas and the speaker's intentions, attitudes and feelings.
  • Conversation: Be able to converse on familiar topics in English, introducing China’s culture, current events and education policies and expressing one's own opinion with basically correct and appropriate language.
  • Reading: Be able to comprehend texts that use common writing styles and themes; analyze the views, organization and style of the articles; consciously absorb language knowledge and improve expression. Attain a reading speed of about 150 words per minute; comprehend materials of medium difficulty related to the study of English with the help of reference books; apply different reading skills for different purposes to obtain needed information.
  • Writing: Be able to write a short essay of about 200 words on a prescribed topic within half an hour with clear main ideas, proper structure and basically correct language; write summaries or commentaries with a clear focus and basically correct word choice; write short practical compositions with standard formatting and basically correct language.
  • Translating: Grasp the basics of English-Chinese and Chinese-English translation, and be able to translate printed materials with medium difficulty using expressions appropriate to the target language so that the translation is accurate and smooth. Attain a translation speed of 230-280 words per hour for English to Chinese; 200-250 words per hour for Chinese to English.
  • Interpreting: Be able to do basic interpreting work.
  • English teaching: Be able to create a good English learning environment and make timely communication with students; grasp basic knowledge of linguistics and theories of English teaching, master common methods of teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and be able to put them into practice; understand course criteria and syllabus requirements, and be able to test students and evaluate them correctly; apply modern education technology in class; continually self-reflect on one's teaching effectiveness, and be able to conduct basic teaching research and write theses.
  • Computer applications: Be able to do word processing and make ordinary graphs; use email; communicate online using QQ and MSN; look up information on a computer network with proficiency; produce PPTs and simple courseware for English teaching.
  • Use of Reference Books: Be proficient at using English reference books to independently resolve language questions and difficulties; be able to use reference books to expand knowledge and conduct basic research.
  • Cultural Literacy: Possess a wide range of knowledge, and have an understanding of the geography, history, culture, education and development of major English-speaking countries; have basic knowledge of natural sciences.

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Curriculum

The programme comprises 8 modules: foundation subjects, specialised foundation subjects, specialised subjects, certificate subjects, second foreign language, general education subjects, the practical, and conversion subjects.

Foundation Subjects:

  • Compulsory subjects: Admissions Guide for Open Education, Basic Computing (undergraduate).
  • Optional subject: Thesis Writing Guide. This subject is required for degree applicants, but is not included in the total credits for graduation.

Specialised Foundation Subjects:

  • Compulsory subjects: 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), Advanced English Writing. The Advanced English (2) prepares the student for the Ministry of Education's College English (A) online examination.
  • Optional subjects: Advanced English (3), Translation Theory and Practice

Specialised Subjects:

A minimum of 12 credits from this module are required to take the OUC final exam. There are at least 28 credits offered for this module.

  • Compulsory subjects: Applied Linguistics, English Literature, Theory and Practice of English Teaching
  • Optional subjects: Introduction to Linguistics, Media-Aided English Teaching (undergraduate), English Teaching and Research, Cross-Cultural Communication, English Testing, English Teaching Design for Children

Certificate Subjects:

Optional subjects: Public English Test System (PETS) 4, Test for English Majors (TEM) 4, Intermediate Translation, Intermediate Interpreting, Teacher Qualification Certificate (education training)

Second Foreign Language:

  • Degree applicants must study a second foreign language as required by the degree conferment school. The foreign language credits are included in the total credits for graduation.
  • Optional subjects: Japanese (1), Japanese (2), French (1), French (2), Russian (1), Russian (2), Korean (1), Korean (2), Thai(1), Thai(2).

General Education Subjects:

A minimum of 2 credits from this module are required for graduation. The offering of general education subjects is a special feature of the OUC curriculum, and none of the subjects in the module may be exempted from study or testing. OUC diploma holders who re-register to study a new major may not apply for exemption from the general education subjects or re-enroll in previously studied general education subjects. The minimum credits for graduation can be acquired through the study of other general education subjects in this module.

Practical:

The practical for the programme is a compulsory subject of teaching practice which carries 8 credits and shall not be exempted from study.

Conversion Subjects:

Conversion subjects are necessary for those students enrolled in an open education undergraduate degree programme (starting from associate degree education) who do not have the associate degree or equivalent foundation knowledge for the programme. Such students must supplement their credits with credits from this module as a requirement for graduation. The OUC uniformly designates subject names, syllabi, and teaching requirements for the subjects, and recommends teaching materials and provides related teaching support. The available conversion subjects are: Comprehensive English (3), English Listening and Speaking (2), English Reading (2), English Writing, English Grammar. Students are required to choose two of the subjects (8 credits).

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Course Offering Specifications

  • The compulsory subjects offered by the OUC use uniform syllabi, teaching materials, examinations and standards of marking. For the optional modules, the OUC will provide related teaching support as much as possible.
  • The result of the practical for each subject is included in the overall performance. Those who have not completed the practical shall not get the credit.
  • The starting term for each subject in the programme timetable is determined based on prerequisite relationships and knowledge dependencies between the subjects. The schedule is provided for the students' reference when choosing the subjects. For each compulsory subject in the programme, rolling enrollment will be open year-round after the initial start date.

Assessment

The marks for each subject are made up of formative assessment and summative examination. The results of the formative assessment shall be put on record and no arbitrary change is allowed after the examination.

Graduation Specifications

The minimum credits from each module required for graduation are as follows:

  • Foundation subjects: 5 credits
  • Specialised foundation subjects: 26 credits
  • Specialised subjects: 24 credits
  • Certificate subjects: 0 credits
  • Second foreign language: 0 credits
  • General education subjects: 2 credits (no less than 2 credits)
  • Practical: 8 credits
  • Conversion subjects: 8 credits

Support Services

Teaching resources

  • The corresponding media resources for the uniformly offered compulsory subjects include printed materials, recordings, video, IP courseware, CAI courseware and other online resources. Each subject shall use at least three of the aforementioned media types.
  • Online resources are used for online teaching, tutorial and exchange, including text resources, video resources and online courses. The text resources mainly include teaching documents, course information, tutorial materials, self-testing exercises, and reference materials; the video resources include live class, VOD and IP courseware; the online courses are based on various media resources.

Learner Support

  • Besides support through various media resources, the OUC will arrange regular online teaching activities for the uniformly offered compulsory subjects of the programme. Generally speaking, each subject will arrange at least two periods of real-time online tutorials or Q&A per term in addition to day-to-day online tutorial and Q&A. The related text materials will be kept on the website for at least one school term after the activities. In addition, the OUC will offer day-to-day tutorial by making use of live classes at noon, QQ study groups and email. Contact information for the OUC course leaders, such as telephone number, email address and QQ number, will be provided to facilitate timely communication between students and teachers.

Teacher support

  • There are two primary aspects of teacher support. One is to offer teacher training on the course content and the other is to facilitate the interchange of teaching experience among teachers and to answer various questions raised by teachers during the course of teaching.

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