• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

This course introduces students to current Taiwanese (also known as Hoklo), part of the Hokkien or Minnanyu language group. It places specific emphasis on the use of this language in daily practices in Taiwan, although the language is also used in the southern part of Fujian Province in the People's Republic of China, and in many diasporic communities in South-east Asia. The course covers basic pronunciation and grammar. Students learn to conduct everyday conversations and to use common content and function words in conversation and writing. It also develops a knowledge of the cultures and traditions that have shaped features of the language. In addition, an understanding of the language, one of oldest surviving Sinitic dialects, will enhance an appreciation of traditional Chinese poetry.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course students will be able to:
  1. Identify the basic vocabulary and sentence patterns of Taiwanese;
  2. Apply advanced knowledge of modern Chinese to a comparative understanding of Taiwanese;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to express themselves in conversation on everyday topics;
  4. Read and analyze simple short stories and poems; and sing Taiwanese songs. 

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  • Classroom participation: 10% (LO 1,2,3)
  • Regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes: 15% (Related learning outcomes: 1)
  • Reading and writing assignments: 15% (Related learning outcomes: 1,3)
  • Final oral presentation 30% (Related learning outcomes: 1,2)
  • Final written exam: 30% (Related learning outcomes: 1,3)

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Contact hours are 5 hours per day over 14 days. Students are expected to complete a total workload of 130 hours for the course, including class contact hours and independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course students must have completed CHIN6523 or complete a language proficiency placement test. This course is incompatible with CHIN3016.

Prescribed Texts

  1. Li, Khin-huann. 2016. Harvard Taiwanese 101 (4th edition).  Tainan: Khai-long Publishers. 
  2. Li, Khin-huann.2015. Taiwanese Phonetic Charts (Tai-lo Phing-im Too-kai) (3rd edition). Tainan: Khai-long Publishers. 

Preliminary Reading

  1. Li, Khin-huann (ed.). 2015. The Easiest Way to Learn Words (Oh Gi-su Tsin Khin-sang).  Taipei: Ministry of Education. 
  2. Li, Khin-huann (ed.) 2015. The Simplest Way to Read Sentences (Thak Gi-ku Siong Kan-tan).  Taipei: Ministry of Education. 
  3. Li, Khin-huann (ed.). 2016. The Most Interesting Way to Read Articles (Thak Bun-tsiong Kai Tshu-bi). Taipei: Ministry of Education.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6777 18 Jun 2018 19 Jun 2018 06 Jul 2018 13 Jul 2018 In Person N/A

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