Teaching Chinese in Primary School

Subject EDUC90699 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

October, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Oct-2015 to 13-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 25-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Oct-2015
Census Date 16-Oct-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Nov-2015

This subject is only available online.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is only available online.
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


There are three prerequisites:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Overview, Learning Outcomes 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 website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


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Subject Overview:

The subject provides a sound rationale for teaching modern languages in Primary school and sets out the contextual and learning requirements for developing a successful Chinese program in the upper primary years.

It presents and engages students with the theoretical foundations from current psycholinguistic research and the actual practices of innovative primary programs in Australia and abroad that have shown significant success over time, which include use of interactive electronic technologies.

Learning Outcomes:

Students in this subject will develop their ability to

  • conceive of language learning at the primary level as both a local classroom activity and the development of a relationship to real Chinese speakers
  • link the demands of Chinese language work to the individual learning paths of the children in their class
  • make use of kinesic support and other effective innovative techniques to teach their new material so that it is grasped and remembered
  • work collaboratively within and across cultures in professionalactivities
  • work flexibly with a wide range of on-line resources and applications, all transferable to their own teaching.

Weekly participation in Discussion Forum activities, equivalent to approximately 1000 words, 40%

Assignments comprising weekly tasks involving choice of texts, text analysis, research information on authors and content, and creative practice design, equivalent to approximately 1500 words, 60%

Prescribed Texts:

Online readings

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students in this subject will be enabled to develop

  • an in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline
  • the habit of critical reflection
  • awareness of ethnocentricity and the means to develop towards ethnorelativity
  • the ability to lead in innovative practice
Related Course(s): Professional Certificate in Chinese Language Teaching
Specialist Certificate in Chinese Language Teaching

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