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A beginner's level course, focusing on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Chinese language.
This is a beginner level Chinese language course. The course starts with the fundamentals of the language, i.e. its sounds and tones, which will be taught with the assistance of Pinyin, a Latin alphabet based phonetic transcription for Putonghua (Modern Standard Chinese). From early in the course, students will also be taught to write Chinese characters. The course will introduce basic sentence patterns and a vocabulary of some 200 words in everyday use, as well as 150 Chinese characters. The emphasis in this course is on the functional development of four language skills, which are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will lay a solid foundation for further studies in Chinese.
Students will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening), which will become the foundation for developing strategies and skills needed to interact in Chinese. By the end of the course students should:Be able to understand 200 Chinese basic wordsAmong the above words, be able to actively use 150Recognize 150 basic Chinese charactersAmong the above characters, be able to write 100Be able to actively apply basic Chinese grammar and expressions used in simple everyday situations (e.g., greeting, expressing needs, talking about nationality, asking for permission, asking for direction, expressing gratitude, making suggestions, discussing studies, talking about university, and specialties/departments,describing family members)Have developed learner autonomy and reflective skillsHave acquired skills and competencies transferrable to a variety of disciplinesEnable and encourage community engagements (especially Chinese speaking communities)Have some intercultural awareness and sensitivity, and apply some global competencythrough communication in second language.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Students who have learnt more than 150 Chinese characters or have a level of spoken Chinese equivalent to the level reached by the students at the very end of this course will not be admitted to this course.
CHIN101. Students who have learnt more than 150 Chinese characters or have a level of spoken Chinese equivalent to the level reached by the students at the very end of this course will not be admitted to this course.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Yuehua Liu et al;
Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Textbook (Simplified Chinese)
Cheng & Tsui, 2016.
Yuehua Liu et al;
Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Workbook (Simplified Chinese)
Cheng & Tsu, 2016.
There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.Recommended dictionariesA Chinese-English Dictionary, revised edition. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. 1997ORConcise English-Chinese and Chinese-English Dictionary, 2nd edition. Hong Kong: Commercial and Oxford University Press. 2001Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides
Library portalThe Course Outline is available for enrolled students on LEARN.
Domestic fee $799.00
International fee $3,600.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Language, Social and Political Sciences