Singapore University of Social Sciences

Modern Chinese Grammar and Rhetoric (现代华语语法与修辞)

Modern Chinese Grammar and Rhetoric (现代华语语法与修辞) (CCC201)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 15 December 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: Chinese

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


CCC201 Modern Chinese Grammar and Rhetoric provides the students with a general knowledge of Chinese lexicology, syntax and rhetoric. It is designed to promote a good understanding of the syntactic and rhetorical structures of Chinese language. Students are given opportunity to analyze the syntactic and rhetorical features of the Chinese texts. The course builds a strong foundation in Chinese language and prepares the students for working in a relevant field such as teaching, translation and research.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Understanding components of modern Chinese grammar
  • Analyzing words, categories and functions
  • Analyzing structure I: phrases and single sentence
  • Analyzing structure II: complex sentences and grammatically wrong sentences
  • Rhetorical styles in modern Chinese usage
  • The common rhetoric pattern analysis

Learning Outcome

  • Develop syntactic knowledge and linguistic and stylistic sense
  • Present the basic concepts of linguistics components, such as word class, sentence structure and sentence types (simple and complex)
  • Illustrate basic theories and techniques in Chinese grammar and rhetoric
  • Apply skills with using the main features of Chinese syntax such as modal verbs, measure words, pivot constructions, etc.
  • Identify and correct grammatical errors in Chinese
  • Judge and appreciate the Chinese rhetorical styles
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