• Class Number 4469
  • Term Code 3250
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Benjamin Penny
    • Dr Catherine Churchman
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/06/2022
  • Class End Date 08/07/2022
  • Census Date 01/07/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 22/06/2022
SELT Survey Results

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.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is deeply informed by Dr Churchman's research on Hokkien language.

Required Resources

Resources are provided in class.

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 Class 1: Greetings
2 Class 2: Consonants 1
3 Class 3: How many?
4 Class 4: Taiwanese folk songs 1
5 Class 5: Consonants 2
6 Class 6: Introduce yourself
7 Class 7: Consonants 3
8 Class 8: Colours of the four seasons
9 Class 9: Taiwanese folk songs 2
10 Class 10: Vowels
11 Class 11: Shopping
12 Class 12: Tones and tone sandhi
13 Class 13: Dating
14 Class 14: Taiwanese folk songs 3

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Dictation Tests x 3 15 % * 6
Vocabulary quizzes x 5 25 % * 2, 3, 4
Unseen recitation (3 mins) 10 % 29/06/2022 2, 3, 4, 6
Written Test (1 hour) 25 % 05/07/2022 1, 3, 5
Oral test (5 mins) 25 % 05/07/2022 2, 3, 4, 6

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 6

Dictation Tests x 3

Dictation tests will be conducted in Week 1 within the last hour of class on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Vocabulary quizzes x 5

To be conducted over the 3 weeks of teaching.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 6

Unseen recitation (3 mins)

Test of ability to read aloud two short texts, one in Romanization, and one in characters.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 05/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 5

Written Test (1 hour)

Translating English into Taiwanese, writing a short text, reading comprehension.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 05/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 6

Oral test (5 mins)

Taking part in a simple conversation on one of the topics covered in the course.

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).
AsPr Benjamin Penny
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Taiwan Studies

AsPr Benjamin Penny

By Appointment
Dr Catherine Churchman

Research Interests

Dr Catherine Churchman

By Appointment

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