- Code CHIN1012
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Asian Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
This course is the initial oral component of a one-year beginners program in Standard Modern Chinese (Putonghua or Mandarin).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and pronounce all initials and finals with all four tones; recognise and transcribe phonemes in pinyin.
- Use an active vocabulary of around 500 words and basic spoken phrases.
- Understand and use a limited range of simple spoken sentence structures to conduct basic conversations on topics for everyday situations.
- Converse on everyday topics such as greetings, introducing oneself, and talking about family members.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the norms and forms of Chinese social interaction, and of China's past and present.
Proficiency level: completion of this course with CHIN1013 is roughly equivalent to HSK 1.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a Beginner level of Standard Modern Chinese.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment 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 undertake a language proficiency assessment 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.
Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.
- Bi-weekly tests (Tuesday’s lecture): vocabulary, grammar, culture knowledge (15) [LO 1]
- Speaking tests (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Listening tests (20) [LO 1,3,5]
- Final speaking examination (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Weekly homework (10) [LO 1,3]
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Five contact hours per week, consisting of two lectures and three tutorials. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 1 (3rd edition). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture Press 2015
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- 6 units
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