The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese. It provides beginners with a basic level of communicative competence in Modern Standard Chinese (MSC - also known as Mandarin or Putonghua) and a brief introduction to Chinese language and civilisation integrated into the language instruction.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Construct interrogative and affirmative sentences to engage in dialogues about name, nationality, family, hobbies as well as plans and actions.

2. Identify approximately 200 high frequency Chinese characters and associated compounds in their simplified forms and to use these characters in simple written sentences.

3. Demonstrate a firm pronunciation basis in MSC.

4. Accurately use the Hanyu Pinyin romanisation system.

5. Recognise the basic radicals and formations of Chinese characters, including the general rule about the order of strokes.


Content

The course covers some of the basic elements of written and spoken Chinese. Students will acquire a firm pronunciation basis in MSC, a knowledge of a range of basic structures of the language and the ability to use approximately 200 high frequency Chinese characters and associated compounds in their simplified forms.


Assumed knowledge

This course is for students with no or very little prior knowledge of Chinese language. It is inappropriate for competent or native speakers.

Competent or native Chinese speakers are encouraged to enrol instead in CHIN2500 Practical Business Chinese, CHIN2600 Chinese-English Translation, ESLA1901 Academic Language Skills for International Students or ESLA2000 Academic English for International Students for a fuller learning experience.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: 2 x take-home assignments (15%)

Quiz: 2 x Listening Quizzes (25%)

In Term Test: 2 x Written tests (25%)

Quiz: 2 x Speaking Quizzes (35%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

1 hour of self-directed private study of Chinese characters

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 1.