• Class Number 2260
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Shuge Wei
    • Dr Shuge Wei
  • 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
    • Kai Zhang
    • Dr Naijing Liu
SELT Survey Results

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.

Examination Material or equipment

Close-book exam, no material permitted.

Required Resources

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)

Availability: ANU Hartog bookshop and Amazon.au.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Verbal comments
  • Written comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals

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 Course introduction; Introduction to Phonetics: sounds and tones, ‘Pinyin’ (Chinese Romanisation System), Chinese written scripts, Chinese grammar (basic sentence structures) Tutorials and online online homework commence in week 1Read grammar file 101 on Wattle asap, preferably by or in week 1
2 Lesson 1- How have you been lately Weekly vocabulary test starts
3 Lesson 2- Which country do you come from
4 Lesson 3- How many people are there in your family
5 Lesson 4- What time do you have class tomorrow Speaking test 1
6 Mid-term revision Listening test 1
7 Lesson 5- Happy birthday to you
8 Lesson 6- The library is to the north of the cafeteria
9 Lesson 7- How much is half a kilo of apples
10 Lesson 8- I am not feeling well at all
11 Lesson 9- It's getting cool Final speaking test
12 (Final revision) Lesson 10- Merry Christmas Listening test 2

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Online weekly homework 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Speaking test 1 20 % 1, 2,3,4,5
Final speaking test 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Listening test 1 20 % 1,2,3,4,5
Listening test 2 20 % 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.



In order to pass the course, students must attempt the final speaking test and listening test 2.

Assessment Task 1

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


Active engagement in all learning activities in and outside classes.

Tutorial participation is a significant part of this assessment.


PreparationContributionEngagementHomework completion

Assessment Task 2

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

Online weekly homework

A variety of language points.

The homework will be set on Monday and due on Saturday. Late submission will not be accepted.



Assessment Task 3

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

Speaking test 1

Details will be available in due course


accuracy of sounds, tones, and sentence structuresclarity and fluency comprehensibilityexpressiveness

Assessment Task 4

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

Final speaking test

Guidelines TBA

Note: This is a Hurdle task


accuracy and fluency expressionexpressiveness and communication skillrange of vocabulary and sentence structurescomprehensibility

Assessment Task 5

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

Listening test 1

Listen to distinguish sounds and tones; general comprehension of meaning.

Note: The 2nd test is a hurdle assessment task.


accuracy of comprehensionaccuracy of sound and tone distinction

Assessment Task 6

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

Listening test 2

Vocabulary, grammar and cultural knowledge



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 approved extension will not accepted. A mark of 0 will be awarded. When the weekly online homework is closed, it will stay closed.

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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Dr Naijing Liu

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