Available in 2022
Course code

CHIN1110

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course teaches Modern Standard Chinese (MSC) as a foreign language, designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese. It aims to help learners achieve a basic level of communicative competence in Modern Standard Chinese, as well as cross-cultural competence through intercultural learning and teaching.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a firm pronunciation basis in MSC.

2. Understand the basics of the written system including the ability to recognize radicals, formation of Chinese characters, and the general rules about stroke orders.

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

4. Understand basic grammatical structures and the ability to express orally and in writing interrogative and affirmative sentences, and simple dialogues on topics such as greetings, talking about the family, discussing hobbies and plans, telling the time, and visiting friends.


Content

The course covers some basic elements of written and spoken Chinese. Students will acquire a firm pronunciation basis in MSC, a range of basic grammatical structures, 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 (20%)

Quiz: 3 x Listening Quizzes (15%)

In Term Test: 2 x Written Tests (35%)

In Term Test: 2 x Speaking Tests (20%)

Written Assignment: 10 x Homework (10%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

1 hour of self-directed private study of Chinese characters

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Tutorials commence in week 1.

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