The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

This course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. 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. It builds on CHIN1110.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use grammatical structures and vocabulary in simple conversations.

2. Identify approximately 400 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. Recognise the radicals and formations of Chinese characters, including the general rule about the order of strokes.

5. Describe a range of basic structures of the language.


Content

Building on CHIN1110, this course gives students a basic level of communicative competence in Modern Standard Chinese. This includes a firm pronunciation basis in MSC, a knowledge of a range of basic structures of the language and the ability to use approximately 400 high frequency Chinese characters and associated compounds in their simplified forms. It builds on CHIN1110.


Assumed knowledge

This course is for students who have completed CHIN1110 or with equivalent knowledge of Chinese. 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: Listening Quiz (25%)

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

Quiz: Speaking Quiz (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 starting in week 1

Tutorials will commence in week 1.