Standards and Objectives
Standards: College diploma, two years (part-time study for three years).
Objectives: The programme aims to cultivate practical high-level English professionals who possess solid basic knowledge of English and strong basic English skills.

Curriculum Modules
The programme comprises six modules: Public Elementary Courses, Specialized Elementary Courses, Specialized Courses, Expanding Courses, General Education Courses, and Comprehensive Practical Courses.

Setting of Courses
The programme is made up of two orientations: education and business.

1. English Major Education Orientation

(1) Public Elementary Courses
A total of three credits are offered for this module and a minimum of three credits are required for the module.
Compulsory courses: Admissions Guide for Open Education, Deng Xiaoping Theory and Important Implications of the “Three Represents Theory”, with a total of three credits.

(2) Specialized Elementary Courses
There are a total of 54 credits offered and a minimum of 52 credits required for the module.
Uniformly set compulsory courses: Admissions Guide for Open Education, Comprehensive English (1), Comprehensive English (2), Comprehensive English (3), English Listening (1), English Listening (2), English Listening (3), English Reading (1), English Reading (2), English Reading (3), Oral English (1), Oral English (2), Oral English (3), English Grammar, and English Writing Basics , for a total of 42 credits.
Optional courses: English Phonetics, Comprehensive English (4), English Listening (4), English Reading (4), Oral English (4). Among them, English Phonetics and Comprehensive English (4) should be defined as compulsory courses according to the practical implementation of the regulations of the major.
(3) Specialized Courses
There are six total credits offered and a minimum of four credits required for the module.
Optional courses: English Teaching Methods, Modern Educational Technology Basics. Of these, English Teaching Methods should be defined as compulsory courses according to the practical implementation of the regulations of the major.

(4) Expansion Courses
There are 53 total credits offered and a minimum of 24 credits required for the module.
Optional courses: A Survey of English Speaking Countries (1), A Survey of English Speaking Countries (2), Selected Reading in British and American Literature, Translation (1), Translation (2), Translating English, The Basics of English Translation, Selected Reading: English Journals and Newspapers, English for Tourism (1), English for Tourism (2), Secretarial English, English Dialogues for Restaurants, English for Restaurants, English for Foreign Trade, Foreign Trade Correspondence, Culture (English Version), English TEM-4, Film and TV English. Of these, Translation (1), Translation (2), Translating English, and The Basics of English Translation are similar courses; English Dialogues for Restaurants and English for Restaurants are similar courses.

(5) General Education Courses
The module comprises courses designed to increase the overall quality of students, with two credits. A minimum of two credits are required for graduation.

(6) Comprehensive Practical Courses
The comprehensive practical courses comprise two parts: social investigation and graduation project. Both are compulsory, for a total of 8 credits. They are organized and implemented by local RTVUs according to the syllabus of practical courses set by the CCRTVU. The courses may not be exempted from study.

(7) Compulsory Courses
For compulsory courses uniformly set by the CCRTVU, CCRTVU examinations must be taken, while for optional courses either examinations set by the CCRTVU or provincial level RTVUs can be taken.

(8) Results of Practical Courses
The results of practical courses are included in the overall learning outcomes. Students who have not completed the practical segment will not receive credit.

(9) Similar courses
The similar courses should not be selected at the same time. If two similar courses are selected, the credits for only one of the courses may be recorded.

(10) The schedule set for each course in the timetable
The schedule set for each course in the timetable in this programme is determined by the relationships between courses based on the professional knowledge structure, which is provided for students' reference when choosing the courses. For each compulsory course in the programme, rolling courses will be open year-round.

2. English Major Business Orientation

(1) Public Elementary Courses
There are a total of three credits offered and a minimum of three credits is required for the module.
Compulsory courses: Admissions Guide for Open Education, Deng Xiaoping Theory and Important Implications of the “Three Represents Theory”, for three credits.

2. Specialized Elementary Courses
There are a total of 54 credits offered and a minimum of 52 credits is required for the module.
Compulsory courses: Admissions Guide for Open Education, Comprehensive English (1), Comprehensive English (2), Comprehensive English (3), English Listening (1), English Listening (2), English Listening (3), English Reading (1), English Reading (2), English Reading (3), Oral English (1), Oral English (2), Oral English (3), English Grammar, and English Writing Basics, for 42 credits.
Optional courses: English Phonetics, Comprehensive English (4), English Listening (4), English Reading (4), Oral English (4).

3. Specialized Courses
There are a total of 24 credits offered and a minimum of 20 credits is required for the module.
Optional courses: English for Business Communication (1), English for Business Communication (2), Business English Writing, Business English Basics (1), Business English Basics (2), Business English Reading, and Foreign Trade English. Of these, Business English Basics (1), Business English Basics (2) and Business English Writing are compulsory courses within the practical professional regulations.

4. Expansion Courses
There are a total of 53 credits offered and a minimum of 24 credits is required for the module.
Optional courses: A Survey of English-Speaking Countries (1), A Survey of English-Speaking Countries (2), Selected Reading: British and American Literature, Translation (1), Translation (2), Translating English, English Translation Basics, Selected Reading: English Journals and Newspapers, English for Tourism (1), English for Tourism (2), Secretarial English, Dialogues for Hotel English, English for Hotels, Foreign Trade Correspondence, Culture (English Version), TEM 4, and Film and TV English. Of these, Translation (1), Translation (2), Translating English and English Translation Basics are similar courses; Dialogues for Hotel English and English for Hotels are similar courses.

5. General Education Courses
The module comprises courses designed to increase the overall quality of students, with two credits. A minimum of two credits are required for graduation.
6. Comprehensive Practical Courses
The comprehensive practical courses comprise two parts: social investigation and graduation project. Both are compulsory, for a total of 8 credits. They are organized and implemented by local RTVUs according to the syllabus of practical courses set by the CCRTVU. The courses may not be exempted from study.

7. Compulsory Courses
For compulsory courses uniformly set by the CCRTVU, CCRTVU examinations must be taken, while for optional courses either examinations set by the CCRTVU or provincial level RTVUs can be taken.
8. Results of Practical Courses
The results of practical courses are included in overall learning outcomes. Students who have not completed the practical segment will not receive credit.

9. Similar Courses
Similar courses should not be selected at the same time. If two similar courses are selected, the credits for only one of the courses may be recorded.

10. Schedule set for each course in the timetable
The schedule set for each course in the timetable in this programme is determined by the sequences and relationships between courses based on the professional knowledge structure, which is provided for students' reference when choosing the courses. For each compulsory course in the programme, rolling courses will be open year-round.
Graduation Requirements
The minimum credits for every module for graduation are as follows:
Public Elementary Courses: 3 credits
Specialized Elementary Courses: 48 credits for the Education Orientation; 42 credits for the Business Orientation
Specialized courses: 4 credits for the Education Orientation; 12 credits for the Business Orientation
Expanding courses: 6 credits for the Education Orientation; 4 credits for the Business Orientation
General education courses: 2 credits
Comprehensive practical courses: 8 credits
The minimum number of graduation credits for the education orientation is 76. The sum of graduation credits for this major is 71, and the sum of credits for all compulsory courses is 45. The difference between the lowest total credits for graduation from every module and the lowest total credits for graduation from the major is 5 credits, which is 6.6% of the lowest total credits for graduation from the major.
The minimum number of graduation credits for the business orientation is 76. The sum of graduation credits for this major is 71, and the sum of credits for all compulsory courses is 45. The difference between the lowest total credits for graduation from every module and the lowest total credits for graduation from the major is 5 credits, which is 6.6% of the lowest total credits for graduation from the major.
The shortest duration of study for this major is two and a half years.

Course Description

1. Public Elementary Courses

(1) Admissions Guide for Open Education
(2)Deng Xiaoping Theory and Important Implications of the “Three Represents Theory”
The courses, with two credits, will be open for 36 credit hours per semester.

These courses are compulsory elementary courses for every CCRTVU major. They are designed to help students grasp the essence of Deng Xiaoping Theory. On this basis, they aim to help students master the foundations of socialism and how to construct socialism; grasp the regularity of constructing socialism so as to reinforce awareness of carrying out the Party’s fundamental line of “one central task, two basic points”; and create faith in constructing socialism with Chinese characteristics and dedication to serving reform and modernization.
Course contents: The development and rise of socialism with Chinese characteristics; the basics of Deng Xiaoping Philosophy and the line taken by the Chinese Communist Party; the theory of the primary stage of socialism and the fundamental policy of the Party in the current stage; the contributions made by Deng Xiaoping to the Nature of Socialism; the theory of the socialist market economy and the China’s path to a market economy; the development strategy of China’s socialist construction; the international environment of Chinese modernization and the strategy of opening up to the outside world; socialism must construct a high degree of spiritual civilization; the reform of the political structure and the construction of socialist democratic politics with Chinese characteristics; the “one nation, two systems” concept and the strategy of national unity; the strategy of developing the country through science and education, and the reform and development of higher education; using the party as the key to constructing socialism with Chinese characteristics.

2. Specialized Elementary Courses

(1) Admissions Guide for Open Education
Admissions Guide for Open Education is an introductory course for the college diploma in English. The course helps prepare students majoring in English for the distance learning environment. Through the course of study, students will gain an understanding of the characteristics of open and distance learning and the independent learning and self-management abilities required. The course familiarizes students with the course settings, study methods and assessment means of the college diploma in English. As a result, they will acquire suitable and effective studying methods.

(2) Comprehensive English (1), (2), (3), (4)
Comprehensive English focuses on training students in the application of English skills, aiming to cultivate comprehensive English communication abilities and laying the foundation for improving English through systematic study of basic English language knowledge (pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and communication) and training in basic skills including listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation.
The course is open for four semesters. Comprehensive English 1, Comprehensive English 2 and Comprehensive English 3 will be open in the first three semesters respectively, with a total of 14 credits (five, five and four for each course respectively); Comprehensive English 4 has 4 credits.
The course uses the New Thoughts on Comprehensive English textbook series published after 1999 by the CCRTVU Press. The series comprises the “Students’ Book”, the “Learning Guide”, the “Exercise Book” and a videotape.
Comprehensive English (1) (2) (3) are compulsory courses, while Comprehensive English (4) is defined as compulsory within the practical professional regulations of provincial RTVUs.

(3) English Listening (1)
English Listening (1) aims to enhance students’ listening skills so as to promote the comprehensive development of English communication through the specialized, systematic training of listening skills. English Listening (1) is open in the first semester, for 3 credits.
English Listening (1) uses “English Listening Tutorials Study Book I” and “English Listening Tutorials Guidebook I” (CCRTVU Press as teaching materials. The materials include six tapes.
The teaching content of English Listening (1) helps students to obtain English materials by listening and cultivates their primary listening skill. Specific training content includes tonal discrimination, or distinguishing phonemes, words and structures that are easy to confuse; learning to make judgments and analysis based on simple language information, including numerals (year, date, age, telephone number, address, etc.), simple sentences, simple dialogues and short essays; and familiarization with the major practical forms of listening training.

(4 ) English Listening (2)
English Listening (2) is open in the second semester, for three credits. It aims to enhance students’ ability to listen to English and promote the comprehensive development of English communication through specific and systematic training.
The course further reinforces the skills acquired in the first semester through a diverse range of practical exercises. Specific content includes: training for weak-reading and linking; numerals (above ten thousand, fractions, decimals, percentages, etc.); place names; peoples’ names; compound sentences; complex sentences; dialogues and short essays; in order to promote students’ ability to grasp both major content and details.
English Listening (2) uses the textbooks and videotapes of “English Listening Tutorials II” (compiled by Shi Zhikang et al), published by the CCRTVU Press.

(5) English Listening (3)
English Listening (3) is open in the third semester, for two credits. It aims to enhance students’ English listening ability and promote the comprehensive development of English communication through specialized and systematic training.
English Listening (3) uses “English Listening Tutorials Study Book III” and “English Listening Tutorials Guidebook III” (CCRTVU Press) as teaching materials. The materials include six tapes.
The main teaching content of English Listening (3) is training for listening in realistic and diverse contexts. The content includes conversations and stories against a background of geography, history, culture and customs, so as to promote students’ ability to grasp both major content and details, and gradually learn how to distinguish speakers’ attitude and tone.


(6) English Reading (1) (2) (3)
English Reading” (1) (2) (3), for six credits, is open for 108 credit hours across three semesters.
English Reading is a mixed course, which aims to help students form good reading habits through extensive reading, enhance reading speed and understanding, broaden the scope of knowledge, enlarge vocabulary, increase the contact frequency of different words, strengthen English language sense and gradually master chapter summaries. Reading speed is improved from 40-50 words per minute to 70-80 words per minute, with a vocabulary of approximately 6000 words.
The course’s teaching materials include the first, second and third volume of “New Thoughts on English Reading” jointly published by the CCRTVU Press and Longman. The first and second volume stress “ease of getting started”, with a focus on interest, application and practicality, while the third volume emphasizes “appreciation of reading”, with a focus on the cultivation of English reading skills and methods. The course uses textbooks as well as CAI courseware and IP courseware.

7. Oral English (1) (2) (3)
Oral English (1) (2) (3), for six credits, is open for 108 credit hours across three semesters.
Through a great deal of exercise and practice in Speaking, the course aims to help students conduct correct conversation in everyday situations, make continuous speeches on common topics, and accurately express their thoughts. Pronunciation and grammar should be accurate and appropriate. The opening of the Comprehensive English and English Listening courses provides a large language reserve for Oral English Courses.

8. English Grammar
The course carries four credits and is open for 72 hours for one semester.
The course aims to help students grasp the fundamentals of English grammar, and apply the grammar knowledge that they have learned to create effective conversation. The course has a specialized skill curriculum, and focuses on the application and practice of grammar rules in speaking and writing. The teaching content comprises English morphology and syntax.

9. The Foundations of English Writing
The course carries three credits and is open for 54 credit hours for one semester.
The course aims to help students write a short descriptive or illustrative essay (200 words per hour) of a set length within a set time. The requirements include normative form, correct sentence structure, adherence to topic, clear expression, appropriate use of language, and using their own words to retell the key points of the original text.

10. English Phonetics
The course carries two credits and is open for 36 credit hours for one semester.
The course aims to help students master correct pronunciation and basic reading skills through centralized training on phonetics, emphasizing theoretical mastery and practical application.
Provincial RTVUs should define this course as compulsory within the practical professional regulations of the education orientation.

3. Specialized Courses


(1) English Methodology in Teaching
English Methodology in Teaching is a course for the college diploma in English, and is open for 72 credit hours for one semester, for four credits. The course aims to help students grasp basic theory about teaching methods in English and teach practical skills. Teaching content includes fundamental theories of foreign language teaching in primary schools, classroom teaching, teaching phonetics, classroom management, preparation of lessons, and assessment of classroom teaching.
The “English Teaching Methods in Primary Schools” and “Tutorial Handbook for English Teaching Methods in Primary Schools” teaching materials for English Methodology in Teaching include textbooks, nine video lectures and five IP courseware lectures, for a total of three different types of media.
Provincial RTVUs should define this course as compulsory within the practical professional regulations of the education orientation.

(2) English for Business Communication (1) (2)
The course carries eight credits and is open for 144 credit hours for two semesters.
English for Business Communication English is a course within the college diploma in English. After finishing the course, students should have a firm grasp of the fundamental written and oral communication skills used in common business activities. The specific requirements of the course are: be able to listen to or understand telephone calls, product displays, and negotiations and speeches in meetings, and to grasp the attitude and intention of the speakers; be able to use correct English for common business activities, such as product exhibitions, business negotiations, preparation for business meetings or conference lectures; be able to read and understand the most common forms of reports and review articles about business activities in major English newspapers and periodicals; be able to draw up or translate common business materials, including official documents, official reports, resumes and tables.
Main teaching content: communication activities in everyday life; communication in a multi-cultural working environment; writing skills; writing memos and e-mails; business letters for clients and customers; writing business reports; non-verbal communication; presentations and conferences; applying for jobs.
Provincial RTVUs should define this courseas compulsory within the practical professional regulations of the business orientation.

(3) Writing Business English
The course carries four credits and is open for 72 credit hours for one semester.
Writing Business English is a course within the business orientation of the college diploma in English. Students are required to reach the standards below after finishing the course: be familiar with commonly used types of writing in business English; master the writing forms of English business documents such as letters; apply commonly used expressions in English business letters; create business English documents in which the words and the tones clearly express the intention of the writer.
Main teaching content: the written foundation of business letters; writing business letters, such as letters of reference for outgoing letters, sales letters, order letters, call letters, payment letters, complaint letters, inbound letters, memos and e-mails; writing business reports, meeting minutes and announcements.
Provincial RTVUs should define this course as compulsory within the practical professional regulations of the business orientation.

(4) Comprehensive Practical Course
Social Investigation and Graduation Project
The comprehensive practical course is an important part of the teaching process for the CCRTVU college diploma in English, with the stated aim of cultivating students’ creativity and practical ability. It is an important part of realizing the training objective. The comprehensive practical course comprises two parts: social investigation and graduation project, which are suitable for both the education and business orientations. There are a total of eight credits, of which three are credits for social investigation and five are credits for graduation design. The practical course is compulsory. Students who are not qualified are not allowed to graduate.

CCRTVU is responsible for explaining the regulations. Supplementary terms will be announced separately if any adjustment is needed during the execution process.

The regulations were implemented in spring 2007.