Chinese 5

Subject CHIN20003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


CHIN10008 Chinese 4 Post VCE or equivalent.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

CHIN30008 Chinese 5; CHIN10012 Chinese 2F; CHIN30008 Chinese 2F; 110-121 Chinese 2A; 110-039 Chinese 2A

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Yongxian Luo


Assoc Prof Luo Yongxian

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed for students of non-Chinese speaking background who have completed Chinese 3 and Chinese 4 (previously offered as Chinese 2A and 2B), or equivalent. Students will build on the knowledge gained through their previous studies and broaden their reading, listening comprehension and speaking skills.

Students will 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 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.

By the conclusion of this subject students should 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 function in Chinese in a number of situations;
• 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 1250 characters;
• build on foundational knowledge of structural patterns to manage complex bodies of new information;
• be able to recognise 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.


Weekly in-class written tests 10% (weeks 2-10), a 3 to 5 min short oral class presentation 5% (week 6), a listening and comprehension test 20% (week 12), an oral test 15% (examination period), 2 hour final examination 50% (examination period).

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. 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.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will:

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

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 the following link for further information:

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
Chinese Language Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Chinese - Entry Point 3

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