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Semester 2 - Online
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This is a subject for Chinese background speakers who either studied in a Chinese‐speaking environment but did not complete primary school there, or who studied Chinese as an additional language in Australian schools but have grown up in a family where Mandarin or any Chinese dialects have been used. This subject is also for non‐background speakers of Chinese who have developed their skills in Chinese language. Students will develop their ability to communicate in Chinese at an advanced level and conduct discussion on a range of topics by engaging with the various social and cultural situations in Chinese society. Student expertise in the employment of both advanced linguistic and cultural resources is developed through reading relatively complex Chinese texts addressing each of these cultural situations, acquiring the literacies associated with these situations. The study of Chinese texts is not only supported by additional materials introducing the cultural topics, but also supplemented by students’ oral presentations and engaging in group discussions.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should
- be able to understand relatively complex Chinese texts and write reviews for the texts;
- be able to critically analyse important social and cultural situations in Chinese society;
- be able to discuss contemporary social and cultural issues and their historical backgrounds through oral discussions with more details and using more complicated sentence structures;
- be able to write Standard Chinese in a variety of styles with confidence.
- acquire competent written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion
- apply their Chinese language skills and socio-cultural understanding to issues of public debate
- acquire public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations
- engage in critical debate over a range of socio-cultural and socio-political
- further develop analytical skills in cross-cultural interaction through active and purposeful communication gained in the course
Last updated: 1 March 2024