Chinese 1

Subject CHIN10005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 5 Hours. Two 2-hour seminars and a 1-hour practical per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


All students enrolling in Chinese at The University of Melbourne for the first time are required to use the online placement test: . This applies to all students, including total beginners and those who have experience with the language, whether through formal study, such as VCE or equivalent, or informally through family or overseas travel. The results of the test are binding and enrolment can only be changed in consultation with the relevant course coordinator.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

CHIN10005 Chinese 1A; CHIN20023 Chinese 1A

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Li Du



Subject Overview:

Students will develop their ability to communicate and understand in simple Chinese by engaging with the following key cultural situations in Chinese society such as situations relating to the use of names, family relationships, social exchanges which deploy different forms of address, and engaging with physical spaces and geography, and temporal systems. Student expertise in the employment of both linguistic and cultural resources is developed through reading short Chinese texts addressing each of these cultural situations, acquitting the literacies associated with these situations. The study of Chinese texts is supported by additional materials introducing the cultural topics. The texts’ study is also supplemented by students’ oral presentations, role plays and engaging in group discussions, as well as their conductions of written exercise. All this ensures that students’ acquisition of linguistic and cultural competence is facilitated with the image of situated language through an explicit focus on social and physical situations.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

be familiar with certain key aspects of China, its culture, land, and society;

develop powers of self-expression using restricted communicative resources;

be able to use oral practice to gain practical command of a communicative code, and an understanding of a number of key registers;

be able to conduct a conversation in simple Chinese on a very limited range of topics, affiliated with key cultural situations.

  • Two short tests (Week 6 and Week 12) 20%
  • A vocabulary test (throughout semester) 10%
  • An oral test 10% (5 minutes, in week 10)
  • A listening comprehension test 20% (30 minutes, week 10)
  • A 2 hour examination 40% (during examination period)

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Wu Zhongwei, Contemporary Chinese for Beginners (Textbook), Sinolingua, 2010.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject was previously offered as 110-143 Introductory Chinese 1A. Students who have completed Introductory Chinese 1A are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
Chinese Language Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Chinese
Related Breadth Track(s): Chinese - Entry Point 1

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