• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Yan Yan Wang
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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In this course, students will further develop their written component of a one-year intensive beginners program in Modern Standard Chinese (Putonghua or Mandarin). The objective of this course is to lay a solid written foundation for further studies of the Chinese language and to provide students with deeper knowledge of Chinese culture. Students will undertake written activities to practise their grammar points and vocabulary and develop their linguistic knowledge. Students are further introduced to the historical and cultural elements of the Chinese vocabulary through in-class activities and exercises. By the end of this course, students will be also be able to write simple conversations and short articles concerning everyday life. Furthermore, students will be able to utilise these skills in a culturally appropriate context in real life situations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate increased written competence, with an active vocabulary of a minimum of 500 words and expressions;
  2. Accurately recognise and write in correct stroke order all the characters covered in the main lessons;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the basic grammatical rules that govern word order and basic patterns of sentence structure in Chinese;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to write simple dialogue or short essays with increasing fluency on topics concerning everyday life.
  5. Display an increased linguistic knowledge and awareness of Chinese culture through language production.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a Advanced 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 enrollment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrollment 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 Integrity Rule 2021 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 enroll in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Weekly Homework (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Vocabulary Test (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Mid-semester Exam (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Sentence Test (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  6. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period. 

Students are expected to attend 2 x 1 hour lectures and 3 x 1 hour tutorials per week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHIN1013 or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Chinese language proficiency assessment. Incompatible with CHIN6023.

Prescribed Texts

New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 2 (Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press 2010).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5322 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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