Chinese 5

Subject CHIN10017 (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: 4 hours of language classes 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.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
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:


Assoc Prof Yongxian Luo



Subject Overview:

This subject is designed for students to develop their ability of communicating in Chinese at a beginning-advanced level and their analytical skills of the Chinese language through engaging with a range of topics concerning contemporary Chinese society and culture. Student’s linguistic competence will be enhanced through exposure to Chinese materials dealing with a variety of socio-cultural situations, writing and presenting opinion pieces on current issues in Chinese, and participating in group discussions. Study activities will be supported with linguistic and cultural resources, including background information in brief English passages, along with video, audio and additional reading materials introducing the cultural topics.

This subject will allow students to have a better understanding of Chinese cultural practices. They will be more competent in communicating in Chinese on a variety of topics in both spoken and written forms.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will:

• be able to make a short presentation in Chinese on a selected number of subjects;

• be able to write a short essay in Chinese on themes related to students’ own social and

cultural interests;

• be able to function in Chinese in a selected number of situations;

• develop some general correspondence skills;

• develop contextual and cultural awareness for intercultural communication;

• have a vocabulary of approximately 1150 characters;

• acquire general knowledge of key social and cultural phenomena as the basis for a better global awareness.

  • Weekly in-class written tests of 10 mins each (Weeks 2-10) 10%
  • A short 4-minute oral class presentation (Week 6) 5%
  • A 30-minute listening and comprehension test (Week 12) 20%
  • An 8-minute oral test (during examination period) 15%
  • A 2-hour final examination (during examination period) 50%

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:

Intensive Reading Course of Intermediate Chinese, by Yuan Liangzhen, Zhang Yanhua, Peking University Press, 2009 (first edition 2006) (2) [新阶梯---中级汉语教程 (中)], 苑良珍,张艳华, 北京大学出版社, 2009年].

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
Generic Skills:
  • be able to recognize, value, and learn from cultural differences;
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • acquire public speaking skills through tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • acquire skills of time management and regular investment of effort as the foundation for advanced levels of competence.

Students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Chinese Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Please refer here for further information.

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

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