• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Strange
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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A maximum of 22 students can enrol in this course. Email cap.student@anu.edu.au to enrol or be added to the wait list.

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:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Taiwanese to:

1. Recognise and pronounce all consonants and vowels of the Taiwanese Language Phonetic Alphabet, as well as the eight tones; read aloud example sentences and recite simple poems and folk songs accurately and aesthetically.
2. Write 300 basic traditional Chinese characters 
3. Use an active vocabulary of about 500 items.
4. Recognise and use such grammatical structures as active and passive co-verbs, negation, interrogatives, and rhetorical questions, enabling them to read short texts and translate basic sentences into and out of Taiwanese. 
5. Conduct a simple conversation on such topics as daily greetings and conversation, shopping and dining, dating and celebrating, marking time, and directions.
6. Describe in general terms the history, origins, status and uses of the Taiwanese language.

Other Information

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

This course (CHIN2013/6016) has a maximum enrolment of 25 students in total. 22 places are reserved in CHIN2013 for undergraduate students, and 3 places are reserved for enrolments in CHIN6016 for postgraduate students. 

To enrol in the course or to be added to the waitlist please email cap.student@anu.edu.au. 

To enrol in this course students must have completed CHIN3023 Chinese 6 or have the equivalent level of Chinese Mandarin language proficiency. Students who have previously studied Taiwanese or students who are native speakers of Taiwanese or any form of Hokkien language are not able to enrol in this course. 

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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

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6862 18 Jun 2018 19 Jun 2018 06 Jul 2018 13 Jul 2018 In Person N/A

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