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Following CHIN151 and still focusing on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, this course teaches how to conduct simple conversations, and read and write simple texts in Chinese at an elementary level, with an adequate cultural understanding of China.
This is an elementary level Chinese language course following the beginner’s course CHIN151. Students will learn more basic Chinese language for everyday communication. About additional 300 words in everyday use, as well as additional 150 Chinese characters will be taught advancing from what students have already learnt in CHIN151. 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 500 Chinese basic words (additional 300 on top of CHIN151)- Among above words, be able to actively use 350 (additional 200 on top of CHIN151)- Recognise 300 basic Chinese characters (additional 150 on top of CHIN151)- Be able to actively apply basic Chinese grammar and expressions used in simple everyday situations (e.g., talk about family and health, retelling simple stories, live survival language such as hospital visits, etc.)- have developed learner autonomy and reflective skills - have acquired skills and competencies transferrable to a variety of disciplines - enable and encourage community engagements (especially Chinese speaking communities)- have some intercultural awareness and sensitivity; and apply some global competency through communication in a second language.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
CHIN151 or placement test. Students who have learnt more than 300 Chinese characters, orhave 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, CHIN105. Students who have learnt more than 300 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.
This course is designed for students who have completed CHIN151 or a placement test.
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), 4th Edition
Cheng & Tsui, 2016.
There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course. A 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 $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* 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