• Class Number 2173
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Fengyuan Ji
    • AsPr Fengyuan Ji
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
    • AsPr Fengyuan Ji
SELT Survey Results

This is an advanced Standard Modern Chinese language course, designed for students who have successfully completed Modern Chinese 6, or have achieved the equivalence approved to enroll by placement test.

The course places special emphasis on reading comprehension of texts on issues concerning contemporary China. It will be taught mainly in Chinese. It relies heavily on students' self-study and pre-class preparation. Students will be required to give oral presentations in Chinese, engage in real-issue debates and conduct real time interviews as part of the course assessment. They will also write a research-based essay in Chinese by utilizing primary sources on an approved self-chosen topic. The lectures will focus on facilitating students' learning and oral development. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and analyse with confidence real-world Chinese news media to demonstrate knowledge of the major issues in present-day Chinese society.
  2. Communicate confidently in writing and speaking, and in groups, on topics drawn from a variety of up-to-date authentic media, TV, film, podcasts, websites and print media.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate listening, speech-making and presentation skills, to present academic arguments fluently and clearly.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to compose academic essays on complex subjects such as Chinese people, culture, and politics in contemporary Chinese society.

Research-Led Teaching

This Advanced Chinese A is a research-informed and multi-disciplinary orientated course. It utilizes the expertise of the lecturer who specializes in sociolinguistics and Chinese political discourse studies. The course combines language learning with hand-on research by the students who will have an opportunity to investigate the deep connection between language, culture, and politics in China. In the process students will not only gain linguistic competency and deeper understanding of the Chinese society but also analytical skills.

Examination Material or equipment

Required Resources

There is no designated textbook for this course. All reading material will be made available on Wattle before the start of the course.

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
1 Lecture 1 - Introduction: objectives, learning outcomes, assessment. genres in Chinese; Formal / information Chinese; Reading 1A Tutorials start from Thursday of this week. Students self-introduction in Chinese; Reading 1B
2 Lecture 2 - Chinese word-formation rules; Newly coined internet words/expressions; Reading 2A Starts Quiz 1 on Wattle; News report starts on Thursday; Reading 2B
3 Lecture 3 - Narratives and structures; Reading 3A. Quiz 2; News report; Reading 3B
4 Lecture 4 - Formal/Official speech (1); Political institutions and language of news reporting; Reading 4A Quiz 3; News report; Reading 4B
5 Lecture 5 - Formal/Official speech (2) Public signage and slogans, In-class quiz 4; Reading 5A Quiz 4; News report; Reading 5B
6 Lecture 6 - Formal language (3) economics and related topics. Reading 6A Quiz 5; News report; Reading 6B
7 Lecture 7 - Short stories and prose (1); Reading 7A Quiz 6; News report; Reading 7B
8 Lecture 8 - Short stories and prose (2); Reading 8A Quiz 7; News report; Reading 8B Oral Presentation Video due (Monday, 26 April by midnight)
9 Lecture 9 Short stories and prose (3); Reading 9A Quiz 8; No news report, no reading for 9B Group oral presentation Question time (Thur. 6 May, tutorial time)
10 Lecture 10 - Literary writing from the Republican era (1); Reading 10A Quiz 9; News report; NO readings for 10B Watching video recording for audio/visual practice at tutorial time
11 Lecture 11- Literary writing from the Republican era (2); Reading 11A Quiz 10, News report; Reading for 11B is the same as 11A Research essay due on Monday, 17 May (by midnight).
12 Lecture 12 - Revision and preparation for final exam; No readings. Listening Test (Thur. tutorial time, watching video on Wattle)
13 Final exam period: 3 -19 June. Time and format are to be advised.

Tutorial Registration

No need to register

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
10 Quizzes on preparatory readings (2 marks each, total 20%) 20 % 01/03/2021 05/03/2021 1,2
Group oral presentation (20%) 20 % 26/04/2021 10/05/2021 3
Research essay in Chinese (20%) 20 % 17/05/2021 28/05/2021 1,4
News report (10%) 10 % 04/03/2021 11/03/2021 1,3
Listening test 10% 10 % 27/05/2021 28/05/2021 1,3
Final written exam (20%) 20 % 11/06/2021 01/07/2021 1, 2, 4

* 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.


Effective language learning depends on students' active participation in the class activities, both oral and written. Students are expected to preview the texts before coming to the classes so as to do well in the weekly quizzes. They are also expected to put in good effort in the group tasks as well as completing the written assignments on time. Students must inform the lecturer in advance if she or he is unable to attend classes or tutorials. Failing to attend the already scheduled oral presentation / news report without a valid reason and the proof, requests for extension or reschedule will be denied. For HD grade, students need to attend at least 80% of the tutorials and complete the hurdle assessment.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 05/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

10 Quizzes on preparatory readings (2 marks each, total 20%)

This refers to a 5-min quiz before each lecture. It aims at practicing fast reading skills and the ability to guess/identify the main idea of the text. There are 10 such quizzes starting from week 2.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/04/2021
Return of Assessment: 10/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3

Group oral presentation (20%)

The oral presentation must be carried out by a team of three participants. It contains two parts: a recorded video group presentation (10%) and individual answering questions (10%). The length of the video for all three participants is 10-12 minutes. Teams must upload their recorded presentations on Wattle by Week 8 (Mon. 26 April). The question time is on Thursday, 6 May in week 9. Grading will be based on the TEAM performance shown in the video and live answering questions by individual team members.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 17/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Research essay in Chinese (20%)

Essay writing in Chinese aims at assessing students’ overall achievement in language application, research and analytical skills. Essay topics will be available on Wattle and students can choose one topic from the list. The length of the essay is 1000-characters, not including references and footnotes.

The format of the essay must conform to the standard Chinese academic convention. The due date for the essay is Monday, 17 May.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 11/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

News report (10%)

From week 2, each student needs to make one oral report to the class in Chinese based on the headlines from the Chinese official news sources. The reporting will take place on Thursdays at the beginning of the tutorial. Students need to sign up for their presenting time. The report should take no more than 3 minutes (5%), followed by questions from the class or the tutor (5%).  Your report should focus on the main event depicted in the original sources, but your answers to the questions should include not only the fact-checking but also your own critical reflection on the news item reported. Reading from notes or cue-card will result in deduction of the marks.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 27/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Listening test 10%

This assessment will be conducted by students watching video recordings followed by answering questions on Wattle.  It will take place in Week 12 at the tutorial time. 

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 11/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Final written exam (20%)

The final exam is will cover everything taught in this course. It's a 2-hour exam on Wattle and will be held during the exam period.

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

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations. Failed to give a scheduled news report or group oral presentation without a valid reason will not be permitted to reschedule.

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).
AsPr Fengyuan Ji
6125 3112

Research Interests

Dr. Fengyuan Ji is the course convener. Her research covers the areas of Chinese social and political discourse studies, relationship between language and thought, and China's language policy.

AsPr Fengyuan Ji

Tuesday 12:30 13:30
Tuesday 12:30 13:30
By Appointment
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AsPr Fengyuan Ji
6125 3112

Research Interests

AsPr Fengyuan Ji

Tuesday 12:30 13:30
Tuesday 12:30 13:30
By Appointment
By Appointment
AsPr Fengyuan Ji
6125 3112

Research Interests

AsPr Fengyuan Ji

Tuesday 12:30 13:30
Tuesday 12:30 13:30
By Appointment
By Appointment

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