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Chinese 5 (CHIN30008)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCHIN30008
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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 an enhanced 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.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, students will:
• be able to function in Chinese, including in a number of formal situations;
• be able to make a short formal presentation in Chinese on some general topics;
• develop general correspondence skills;
• have a vocabulary of 1300-1350 characters;
• be able to build on foundational knowledge of structural patterns to manage complex bodies of new information with increasing confidence;
• gain an understanding of the indispensability of accuracy in communication while dealing with larger quantities of information;
• acquire knowledge of key social and cultural issues in China from a broad perspective.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject, students will:

  • acquire enhanced general written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • further consolidate foundational public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;
  • show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;
  • develop time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.

Last updated: 10 August 2019