• Class Number 5134
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Yanyin Zhang
    • Dr YUN ZHOU
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This is a third-year Modern Chinese language course, designed for students of Chinese as a foreign language at a high intermediate or beginning advance level. 
Taking an integrated approach, this course aims at developing students’ fluency and accuracy through reading and discussion on topics concerning situation and issues in contemporary China. The course will place a special focus on building reading skills. This course is a continuation of CHIN 3022: Modern Chinese 5 in Semester One.

There are four contact hours per week, including two hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials.  The course will be taught mainly in Chinese.  

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of about 3,500 items.
  2. Identify more advanced grammatical rules and more complicated sentence structures relevant to a range of conversational situations and texts;
  3. Communicate spontaneously and with confidence in writing and speaking on a range of intellectually and linguistically challenging topics, such as Chinese economic development and the impact on China of the one-child policy.
  4. Analyse aspects of contemporary Chinese culture, society and politics, such as divorce in China, and the issues faced by full-time house wives.

Required Resources

Reading into a New China - Deciphering a Changing Society

«??????»Vol. 2

Author: Li, Duanduan & Liu, Irene

Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company, Boston

Edition: 2nd Edition, 2017

Available at Hartog bookshop at ANU

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
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11 ???? ???????
12 ??:??? ,???? ???? ??:?? ??:???????? (Wattle) TBA

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Mid-term written test (15%) 15 % 1,2,3,5
Mid-term spoken test (10%) 10 % 3,4,5
Essay in Chinese (10%) 10 % 1,3,5
Final written exam (20%) 20 % 3,4,5
Final listening test (10%) 10 % 3,4,5
Project (25%) 25 % 1,2,4,5
Participation (10%) 10 % 1,2,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Hurdle assessments: Final written exam and Project.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Mid-term written test (15%)

It covers language knowledge (i.e. learning points) in the textbook up to week 6, including ????, reading comprehension, and Chinese cultural knowledge.


AccuracyNeat handwritten Chinese characters

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Mid-term spoken test (10%)

Impromptu speech (1-2 minutes) on a given topic. Details will be provided in week 6.


degree of expressivenessaccuracy of language expressionappropriateness of language usedegree of fluency

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Essay in Chinese (10%)

Topics and guidelines TBA. The essay must be handwritten.


Convention of Chinese essaysAccuracy of language expressionsAppropriateness of language useExtent of expressivenessAccurate representation of topicNeat and correct Chinese characters

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Final written exam (20%)

The exam will cover the language knowledge (i.e., learning points) in the textbook, including grammar, vocabulary and functional skills of reading and writing. Cultural knowledge will also be a part of the exam. It will be held during the exam period. 


AccuracyNeat handwritten Chinese characters

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Final listening test (10%)

It will test the general listening comprehension skill in line with the proficiency level of the course.



Assessment Task 6

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Project (25%)

Students form pairs to interview a Chinese native speaker on a topic of their own choosing. Topics in the textbook can be considered.

-         Step 1. The interview must be conducted in Chinese in an interactive manner. It should be audio or video recorded and the recording must be uploaded on Wattle.

-         Step 2. Students analyse the interview and present the result.

-         Step 3. Students write an essay in Chinese on the interview (handwritten or computer written; 2-3 pages).

Guidelines for the project will be provided in due course


Interview: degree of interactionPresentation: expressivenssPresentation: fluencyPresentation: degree of communicationEssay: full and substantial contentEssay: structure, coherence, language quality

Assessment Task 7

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

Participation (10%)

This covers all learning activities including pre-class online quizzes, weekly homework (online and handwritten), preparation, and class participation.


Active participation

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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