• 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 In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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Building upon the second-year Modern Chinese courses, this course is designed for students studying Chinese at a high intermediate level. Taking an integrated approach, this course aims at developing students’ linguistic fluency and accuracy through reading and discussion on social issues in contemporary China. It introduces written forms of Chinese language to students and develops their knowledge and skills concerning general writing styles. Students are expected to develop their language skills to describe intellectually and linguistically challenging topics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Actively use a vocabulary of about 500 new items at high intermediate level.
  2. Communicate their ideas in written and oral forms on a range of topics using the target language;
  3. Identify the difference between spoken and written styles of the language;
  4. Develop enhanced understanding of contemporary Chinese society;
  5. Integrate their language proficiency to intercultural situations.

Other Information

Proficiency level: completion of this course is roughly equivalent to HSK 5.

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a high intermediate level or beginning advanced 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 enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment 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 take a 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 result in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

Students are not permitted to enrol 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. In class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Ten online preview quizzes (0.5% each) and ten online homework (0.5% each) (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Two listening and two speaking tests (5% each) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Two written tests (10% each) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Final written exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Two short essays (500 words each and worth 5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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.


Four contact hours a week, consisting of two lectures and two tutorials.The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Requisite and Incompatibility

o enroll in this course, you must have successfully completed CHIN2017 (Modern Chinese 4), or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Chinese language proficiency assessment.

Prescribed Texts

Reading into a New China: Deciphering A Changing Society, Vol.1


Author: Li, Duanduan & Liu, Irene

Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2017

Edition: 2nd Edition


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
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3650 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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