• 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
    • Yan Yan Wang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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A maximum of 22 students can enrol in this course. Email cap.student@anu.edu.au to apply to enrol or be added to the waitlist.

This course introduces students to current Taiwanese, also known as Holo, which is part of the Hokkien or Southern Min (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, 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:

  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. 


On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory level of Taiwanese.

Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the placement test site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-      Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-      Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-      Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-      The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to take a placement test should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

Indicative Assessment

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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. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have completed CHIN3023 (Modern Chinese 6) or have the equivalent level of Chinese Mandarin language proficiency. Students who are native speakers of or have previously studied Taiwanese, or related languages of the Southern Min (Minnanyu) language group, are not eligible to enrol in this course. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a course that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a course they have already completed.

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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
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
6674 24 Jun 2019 25 Jun 2019 05 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 In Person N/A

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