Foreign Languages

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES

The following courses are offered:

ARABIC

 

The foreign language courses offered by the Centre for Languages and Translation can be taken by students as option or compulsory courses or to fulfil the number of units required for graduation. Students are not allowed to register for more than one foreign language course per semester. They must complete at least two levels of a foreign language course before they are allowed to register for another foreign language course. However, students are not required to complete all four levels of a foreign language course.

  

LAA 100 - Arabic Language I (Teaching Guide)
This basic course is to expose students to the Arabic characters and the right pronunciation. This course also introduces vocabularies in the Arabic language and ways to use them in simple sentences for everyday communication.


LAA 200 - Arabic Language II
(Teaching Guide)

Level II provides brief exposure on Arabic writing as a revision. Students are then taught communication skills suitable for this level. They are also taught to recognize nouns, verbs and prepositions in Arabic and at the same time expand their vocabularies.


LAA 300 - Arabic Language III

Level III introduces students to the use of various sentence structures by detailed explanation of the types of verbs. Students will also be trained to use vocabularies to construct complete sentences in advanced communication.


LAA 400 - Arabic Language IV

In Level IV, emphasis is given to the use of grammar following the correct Arabic style and thus students are to practise it in communication. Writing skills are also emphasized through repetitive drillings and at the same time the understanding of the language is done through discussion using suitable articles.

CHINESE

 

The foreign language courses offered by the Centre for Languages and Translation can be taken by students as option or compulsory courses or to fulfil the number of units required for graduation. Students are not allowed to register for more than one foreign language course per semester. They must complete at least two levels of a foreign language course before they are allowed to register for another foreign language course. However, students are not required to complete all four levels of a foreign language course.


LAC 100 -Chinese Language I

This is a course at the elementary level. Students are introduced to a vocabulary of about 200 words. They are taught forms of greeting and enquiry, the writing of Chinese characters, the pronunciation of characters in Hanyu Pinyin and the memorisation of texts. Students are also taught to construct sentences and to translate from Chinese into Bahasa Malaysia and vice versa.


LAC 200 - Chinese Language II

This is a continuation of LAC 100. Students are introduced to a vocabulary of about 250 new words. They are taught the writing of Chinese characters, the pronunciation of characters in Hanyu Pinyin and also the complex form of Chinese characters. They will be exposed to the 214 radicals and learn that the change of radicals in a character leads to a change in meaning of the character. They will also be taught to write moderately long (about 180 words) compositions, to memorise the texts used and to translate the texts and dialogues.


LAC 300 - Chinese Language III

This is a continuation of LAC 200. Students are introduced to a vocabulary of about 300 new words. Hanyu Pinyin will no longer be taught but the pronunciation of the new vocabulary will still be based on Hanyu Pinyin. Students will be exposed to characters containing a wider range of radicals and be required to compose essays of about 250 words.

  

JAPANESE

 

The foreign language courses offered by the Centre for Languages and Translation can be taken by students as option or compulsory courses or to fulfil the number of units required for graduation. Students are not allowed to register for more than one foreign language course per semester. They must complete at least two levels of a foreign language course before they are allowed to register for another foreign language course. However, students are not required to complete all four levels of a foreign language course.

  

LAJ 100 -Japanese Language I (Teaching Guide)
This is a foundation course that stresses on the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students will get the opportunity to learn the Hiragana and simple kanji (about 60 characters) writing. At the end of the course, students will be able to apply the sentence structures (about 45 types) and vocabulary (about 600 words) to communicate in the Japanese language.


LAJ 200 - Japanese Language II
(Teaching Guide)

This is a continuation of LAJ 100. Students will learn the Katakana and kanji (about 70 characters) writing. This course places further emphasis on the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. At the end of the course, students will be able to write simple essays by applying the sentence structures (about 40 types) and vocabulary (about 700 words).


LAJ 300 - Japanese Language III (Teaching Guide)
This is a continuation of LAJ 200. In this level students will learn the difference between informal and formal styles. This course also introduces an addition of sentence structures (about 35 types), kanji writing (about 80 characters) and vocabulary (about 1000 words). At the end of the course, students will be able to express their opinions effectively.

  

LAJ 400 - Japanese Language IV
This course is a continuation of LAJ 300. Students will explore more grammar, sentence structures (about 16 types), kanji (about 80 characters) and vocabulary (about 1300 words). At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate effectively in specific situations.

  

FRENCH


The foreign language courses offered by the Centre for Languages and Translation can be taken by students as option or compulsory courses or to fulfil the number of units required for graduation. Students are not allowed to register for more than one foreign language course per semester. They must complete at least two levels of a foreign language course before they are allowed to register for another foreign language course. However, students are not required to complete all four levels of a foreign language course.


LAP 100 - French Language I

This course introduces elementary French grammar and vocabulary. Students will learn to conjugate French verbs which are commonly used in daily conversations. Students will also be taught how to formulate questions and negative statements, how to use articles and adjectives correctly in the nominal group, and how to use personal pronouns as subjects and complement objects accordingly. The vocabulary introduced in this course covers the areas of personal biodata, professions and nationalities, expressions of taste and preferences and leisure activities.


LAP 200 - French Language II

This course is a continuation of LAP 100. Students will learn to conjugate French verbs in the compound past tense (passe compose). They will also be taught the use of demonstrative and possessive adjectives in the nominal group; the use of prepositions to locate objects and places; the use of the imperative mood and the use of pronominal verbs in many daily activities. The vocabulary covered includes the topics of telling time, daily family life, looking for a job, giving directions and tourist activities in several French towns.