Chinese 1A

Subject CHIN20023 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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: 5 hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment: 5 contact hours/week , 10 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: An interview and/or placement test in the week preceding the first week of semester and the written permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Dr Li Du


Dr Du Liping

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.

  • will be familiar with the pinyin system of romanisation.
  • should be able to read and write approximately 250 Chinese characters.
  • increase their ability to adapt to an unfamiliar system for communicating thought.
  • acquire learning strategies and time management skills required for dealing with a system based on principles different from those with which one is familiar.
  • acquire foundational abilities to function in a cross-cultural environment.
  • be able to recognise the sounds and tones of spoken Chinese.
  • be able to conduct a conversation in simple Chinese on a very limited range of topics.
  • develop powers of self-expression using restricted communicative resources.
  • be able to use oral practice to gain practical command of a communicative code.
  • and engage in basic forms of cross-cultural exchange.
Assessment: 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
Recommended Texts: None.
Breadth Options:

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

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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.
Notes: This subject is 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.

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