• Class Number 2350
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Yanyin Zhang
    • Dr Yanyin Zhang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Gabriela Powell Thomas
SELT Survey Results

This course is the initial written component of a one-year beginners program in  Standard Modern Chinese (Putonghua or Mandarin).    

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read materials using over 500 words and phrases (including those on the supplementary word list);
  2. Write with the correct stroke order all characters included in the text;
  3. Write pinyin accurately and type it on a computer;
  4. Pronounce words and phrases in correct tones and conduct simple, fluent conversations on topics concerning everyday life;
  5. Analyse relevant aspects of Chinese culture, such as the norms and forms of Chinese social interaction, inviting cross-cultural comparisons and developing an understanding of China’s past and present.

Required Resources

New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 1 and Workbook 1.

Editor: Liu Xun

Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Beijing

Edition: 2010 (2rd edition)

Availability: ANU Hartog bookshop

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

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.

Other Information

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course introduction: Requirements and expectations Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 How do you do? Are you busy? --pinyin (Chinese romanization system), Chinese written scripts, Chinese grammar (basic sentence structures) All tutorials and homework commence in week 1 Read grammar 101 on Wattle asap, preferably in week 1
2 Lesson 3. Which country does she come from? Weekly vocabulary test starts (every Wednesday)
3 Lesson 4. Nice to meet you!
4 Lesson 5. Where is the dining hall?
5 Lesson 6. (Review) Let's go swimming, shall we? Test 1: L1-L5
6 Lesson 7. Do you know him?
7 Lesson 8. How many people are there in your family?
8 Lesson 9. He is 20 years old this year.
9 Lesson 10. I am here to buy a CD. Test 2: L6-L9
10 Lesson 11. I can speak a little Chinese.
11 Lesson 12. I am not feeling well at all.
12 Lesson 13. I knew a beautiful girl
13 No class Final exam (Exam period; Date, time, and venue TBA)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
1. Weekly test (10 minutes) 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
In-class written tests (40-50 minutes) 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final examination (2 hours) 35 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Weekly homework. 15 % 1, 2, 3, 5
Participation 10 % 1, 2, 3, 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:

In order to pass the course, students must attempt the final examination and 8 pieces of homework.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1. Weekly test (10 minutes)

Handwrite 10 new words and pinyin learned in the previous week.

Use only dark blue and black pens. Write in large characters and pinyin for legibility.

Note: No makeup tests will be offered.


AccuracyNeat and clear handwriting

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

In-class written tests (40-50 minutes)

Language and cultural information covered in the previous weeks. For example, pinyin, characters, vocabulary, sentence structures, grammar and cultural knowledge.


AccuracyNeat and clear handwriting

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Final examination (2 hours)

Comprehensive coverage of the entire textbook and lecture material.

Note: This is a hurdle assessment


AccuracyNeat and clear handwriting where required

Assessment Task 4

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

Weekly homework.

This is mainly online. It will be set on Monday and due on Saturday. Late submissions will not be accepted.


CompletionNeat and clear handwriting where required

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5


Preparation for, contribution to, and active engagement in all learning activities both in and outside class. Attendance, especially tutorial attendance, forms a major part of participation.


ParticipationContributionActive engagement

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 approved extension will not be accepted. A zero mark will be recorded.

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.

Returning Assignments

All written tests are returned to students, usually within 1 or 2 weeks.

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).
Dr Yanyin Zhang

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Dr Yanyin Zhang

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Dr Yanyin Zhang

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Dr Yanyin Zhang

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Gabriela Powell Thomas

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Gabriela Powell Thomas

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