• 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, Asian Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Shuge Wei
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Modern Chinese 1: Spoken (CHIN1012) is designed for absolute beginners who are (near-) native speakers of English. It introduces the basics of standard modern Chinese language (Putonghua) such as sounds and tones, as well as vocabulary and simple sentence structures associated with a range of communicative expressions. Listening and speaking skills are trained intensively with a focus on ‘here and now’ and everyday conversation exchanges. Related Chinese cultural knowledge and practices are introduced as part of language education. The integration of ‘structure, function and culture’ along with the emphasis on language fundamentals and language use characterizes the course. Chinese written script is not taught in the course. This course shares one weekly lecture with Modern Chinese 1: Written (CHIN1013) and has another more specialised weekly lecture on its own.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Master standard Chinese pronunciation and Pinyin (Chinese Romanisation System)
  2. Use an active vocabulary of around 500 words and basic spoken phrases.
  3. Understand and use a limited range of simple spoken sentence structures to conduct basic conversations on topics relating to 'here and now'.
  4. Perform speech acts such as greeting, thanking, farewell, giving polite requests, suggestions and refusal that are culturally appropriate in the Chinese context.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of China as a nation and the Chinese culture and society.

Other Information

Proficiency level: completion of this course with CHIN1013 is roughly equivalent to HSK 1.

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a 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 enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake 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 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 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.  Bi-weekly tests (Tuesday’s lecture): vocabulary, grammar, culture knowledge (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Speaking tests (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Listening tests (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Final speaking examination (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Weekly homework (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. There will be five contact hours per week, consisting of two lectures and three tutorials.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You cannot enrol in this course if you have already completed CHIN6012 or if you are a native speaker of Chinese (e.g., international students from China, Taiwan)

Prescribed Texts

New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 1 (3rd edition). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture Press (2015)

New Practical Chinese Reader, Workbook 1 (3rd Edition), Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture Press (2015)


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
2260 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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