Chinese 6

Subject CHIN10018 (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 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-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.


CHIN10017 Chinese 5. Otherwise, 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.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
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 to communicate 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. Their linguistic competence will be further 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, as well as video, audio and additional reading materials introducing the cultural topics.

This subject will allow students to gain confidence and independence in handling written Chinese language materials so as to make the transition from textbook material to original Chinese texts.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students will:

• have acquired grammar and analytical skills at this proficiency level;
• be able to make a short presentation in Chinese on a selected number of subjects;
• develop some general correspondence skills;
• have a vocabulary of approximately 1300 characters;
• build on foundational knowledge of structural patterns to manage complex bodies of new information;
• be able to recognize the indispensability of accuracy in communication while dealing with increasing quantities of information;
• acquire general knowledge of key social and cultural phenomena as the basis for a heightened global awareness.


This subject is equivalent to 4,000 words.

  • Weekly in-class 10-minute written tests (Weeks 2-10) 10%
  • A short essay of approximately 300 characters (commencing week 2 and due in week 12) 10%
  • A 30-minute listening and comprehension test (Week 12) 20%
  • A 7-minute oral test (during examination period) 20%
  • A 2-hour final examination (during examination period) 40%

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:
  • show attention to detail through guided reading and writing;
  • acquire general written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • acquire foundational public speaking skills through tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • acquire time management and planning skills through organizing workloads for various learning tasks.

New 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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