• 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, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mark Strange
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course CHIN2013
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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A maximum of 3 students can enrol in this course. Email cap.student@anu.edu.au to apply to enrol or be added to the waitlist.

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Taiwanese 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.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

This course (CHIN2013/6016) has a maximum enrolment of 25 students in total. 22 places are reserved in CHIN2013 for undergraduate students, and 3 places are reserved for enrolments in CHIN6016 for postgraduate students. 

To enrol in this course, students must have completed CHIN3023 (Modern Chinese 6) or have the equivalent level of Chinese Mandarin language proficiency. Students who are native speakers of or have previously studied Taiwanese, or related languages of the Southern Min (Minnanyu) language group, are not eligible to enrol in this course. 

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test.  Students are not permitted to enrol in a course that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a course they have already completed. 

This course has capped numbers and so there will be a competitive selection process for enrolment. To apply, please submit a 200-word statement of why you are interested in taking this course and how it might benefit your academic studies. Please also indicate any experience you have with Taiwanese language or related languages of the Southern Min (Minnanyu) language group. Students will be selected based on their application statement and on their demonstrated interest in the course at interview. Past academic performance will also be taken into consideration. Preference will be given to students who have previously studied Asian languages or Asian Studies. 

Statements should be submitted to the CAP Student Centre at cap.student@anu.edu.au, before 5pm on Tuesday of week 7 in semester 1 (23 April 2019)

If you have questions about the course, the application, or selection process please contact the course convener.

Indicative Assessment

  • Classroom participation: 10% (LO 1,2,3)
  • Regular vocabulary and grammar quizzes: 15% (Related learning outcomes: 1)
  • Reading and writing assignments: 15% (Related learning outcomes: 1,3)
  • Final oral presentation 30% (Related learning outcomes: 1,2)
  • Final written exam: 30% (Related learning outcomes: 1,3)

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Workload

Contact hours are 5 hours per day over 14 days. Students are expected to complete a total workload of 130 hours for the course, including class contact hours and independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

CHIN6523To enrol in this course, students must have completed CHIN6523 (Modern Chinese 6) or have the equivalent level of Chinese Mandarin language proficiency. Students who are native speakers of or have previously studied Taiwanese, or related languages of the Southern Min (Minnanyu) language group, are not eligible to enrol in this course. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a course that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a course they have already completed.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

  1. Li, Khin-huann. 2016. Harvard Taiwanese 101 (4th edition).  Tainan: Khai-long Publishers. 
  2. Li, Khin-huann.2015. Taiwanese Phonetic Charts (Tai-lo Phing-im Too-kai) (3rd edition). Tainan: Khai-long Publishers. 

Indicative Reading List

  1. Li, Khin-huann (ed.). 2015. The Easiest Way to Learn Words (Oh Gi-su Tsin Khin-sang).  Taipei: Ministry of Education. 
  2. Li, Khin-huann (ed.) 2015. The Simplest Way to Read Sentences (Thak Gi-ku Siong Kan-tan).  Taipei: Ministry of Education. 
  3. Li, Khin-huann (ed.). 2016. The Most Interesting Way to Read Articles (Thak Bun-tsiong Kai Tshu-bi). Taipei: Ministry of Education.

Specialisations

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6578 01 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 30 Sep 2019 In Person

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