Chinese 1A

Subject 110-143 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Five hours of language classes per week
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An interview and/or placement test in the week preceding the first week of semester and the written permission of the coordinator.

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Subject Overview:

This is an introductory course in Chinese for students with no previous knowledge of the language. By the end of this subject students should be familiar with the Pinyin system of romanisation and be able to read and write approximately 250 Chinese characters. Students will learn standard pronunciation and develop listening comprehension and speaking skills. Students will acquire knowledge of Chinese cultural practices.


A 1-hour examination 30% (due during the examination period), two short tests 20% (due mid-semester and late semester), ongoing vocabulary tests 10%, oral test 20% (5 minutes, in examination period) and listening comprehension test 20% (30 minutes, in examination period).

Prescribed Texts:

Hanyu Kouyu Sucheng Rumenpian Shang (Ma Jianfei et al), Beijing Yuyan Wenhua Daxue Chubanshe 2005

i-Chinese: Short-term Spoken Chinese Edition, Purple Panda, Melbourne

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Breadth Options:

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

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

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 adapt to an unfamiliar system for communicating thought;

  • acquire time management and planning skills through class preparation, revision and assignment completion;

  • acquire foundation abilities to function in a cross-cultural environment.


This subject is available at level one for the beginners stream of Chinese. 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): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Chinese)

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