• Class Number 3696
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr YUN ZHOU
    • Dr YUN ZHOU
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

Building upon the second-year Modern Chinese courses, this course is designed for students studying Chinese at an intermediate level. Taking an integrated approach that utilises cultural context to facilitate learning Chinese, this course aims at developing students’ linguistic fluency and accuracy through reading and discussion on topics concerning Chinese language components and cultural practices. Students are expected to develop their Modern Chinese skills to describe their academic interest and engage with their relevant fields of study.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in intermediate Chinese by actively using expanded vocabulary and grammatical rules that govern complicated sentence structures.
  2. Communicate their ideas in written and oral forms on a range of topics using the target language; identify the difference between spoken and written styles of the language.
  3. Develop enhanced understanding of traditions and customs in Chinese society.
  4. Analyse aspects of Chinese culture and society, including linguistic features, norms and values regarding marriage, population policies, and cultural practices.
  5. Integrate their language proficiency to intercultural situations.

Required Resources

Learning Chinese Language and Culture

Intermediate Chinese Textbook vol.1

Author: Weijia Huang & Qun Ao

Publisher: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Edition: Vol. 1, 2nd Edition, 2019

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 Week 1: Lesson 1 Is Chinese Difficult to Learn? Course description, timetabling, tutorial sign up, assessment, nominating class representative.
2 Week 2: Lesson 2 How are Chinese Characters Created?
3 Week 3: Lesson 3 The Great Wall
4 Week 4: Lesson 4 The Name of China
5 Week 5: Assessment First written test, first listening test, first speaking test
6 Week 6: Lesson 5 Matchmaking first short essay due on Thursday
7 Teaching break:
8 Week 7: Lesson 6 The Trouble with Homophones
9 Week 8: Lesson 7 Chinese Population and Family Planning
10 Week 9: Lesson 8 Confucius
11 Week 10: Assessment Second written test, second listening test, second speaking test
12 Week 11: Lesson 9 What is Fengshui?
13 Week 12: Lesson 10 Chinese Calligraphy and the Four Treasures of the Study second short essay due on Friday

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Online preview quizzes and online homework 10 % 1,3,4
2 listening tests and 2 speaking tests 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
2 written tests 20 % 1,2,3,4
Final written exam 30 % 1,2,3,4
2 short essays (500 words each and worth 5% each) 10 % 1,2,3,4,5

* 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.


Students are expected to attend every lecture and tutorial, ask and answer questions in class, and participate in discussions. Participation will be marked based on students' tutorial attendance for both days.

Assessment Task 1

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


Students are expected to attend every lecture and tutorial. Lectures will cover the vocab, main text, reading text, and grammar. Tutorials will be used for answering students’ questions, reviewing grammar and discussing the topics covered in the lectures and the "exercises". Students are expected to actively engage in classroom discussion and activities both in lectures and tutorials.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

Online preview quizzes and online homework

Each week there will be a set of questions designed to help students preview the course content and grasp understanding of upcoming theme to be discussed. The online preview quizzes are required to submit before each Monday lecture. Students will be tested from week 1, and the first due date is Monday of week 2 for lesson 1 and lesson 2. For lesson 3 and onwards, the due date is before Monday lecture for that lesson.

Each week the online homework is designed to help students reflect on vocabulary and grammar, identify main issues, and reinforce learning experience. Students are required to submit online homework before Monday lecture of the following week. Students will be tested from week 1, and the first due date is Monday of week 2.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

2 listening tests and 2 speaking tests

There will be two listening tests and two speaking tests, worth 5 marks each, scheduled in weeks 5 and 10. These tests are to examine students’ ability to understand Chinese by listening and expressing ideas about topics orally. They are crucial forms to evaluate students' language proficiency on topics ranging from everyday life to social issues. It also motivates students to practice the language in daily life. Feedback will be provided to help students' further study and practice. Where feasible, marks will be returned to students within three weeks after the assessment deadline.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

2 written tests

There will be two written tests, due in weeks 5 and 10, worth 10 marks each. They are designed to assess a range of language skills, including grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and cultural knowledge. They provide timely feedback to students on their strengths and weaknesses. Where feasible, marks will be returned within three weeks after the assessment deadline.

Assessment Task 5

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

Final written exam

The final exam will be held during the ANU examination period. It will cover the content of all the lessons taught throughout the course. This is to demonstrate that students have gained an overall understanding of the course, especially through their written works. It evaluates students' language proficiency in a measurable way that is fair and objective.

Assessment Task 6

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

2 short essays (500 words each and worth 5% each)

Two short essays are designed to help students develop writing skills as well as their writing styles to express their ideas using the target language. The mid-term essay and the final essay are 500 words each. Feedback will be provided to help students identify areas for improvement. Where feasible, marks will be returned within three weeks after the assessment deadline.

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.

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).

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