An introductory course in reading, writing, speaking and listening to Chinese for students with no previous knowledge of the language. The paper takes an integrated approach to the skills of language acquisition and includes basic material on the cultural heritage of the Chinese people.
Why study Chinese? The number of people who are learning Chinese as a second language is increasing very rapidly. It is also the second most common language on the Internet. As China is an important business partner of New Zealand, learning Chinese will give you the edge over other candidates for a wide variety of jobs.
|Paper title||Introductory Chinese 1|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$851.85|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,585.00|
- CHIN 101 or CHIN 132 or any other more advanced Chinese language paper.
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- This paper is for beginners only and is not available to students who have passed NCEA Level 2 or 3 (or equivalent) in Chinese. For further information, contact the
- Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.This paper is for absolute beginners, and it is designed to set the foundation for your study of Chinese. If you already have some knowledge of Chinese (e.g. you have studied it at secondary school, lived in China or have been exposed to Chinese in a family setting), you may be able to enrol in a more advanced paper (such as CHIN 132 or CHIN 231). Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator for further advice.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Languages and Cultures' website
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Paola Voci
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures: During lectures, we will learn and practise the new grammar patterns and
new vocabulary, as well as read the lesson dialogues. We will also introduce other
supplementary material (feature films, documentaries, websites).
Tutorials: While lectures will all have an interactive nature, it is during tutorial times, when students are divided in smaller groups, that you will have an opportunity to practise more extensively through both small group or pair activities and individual exercises.
- Liu, Xun, ed. Xin shiyong hanyu keben 1 (New Practical Chinese Reader 1) (Textbook
Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011. (Both available at the University Book Shop)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By participating in lectures and tutorials, completing the assigned homework and via
other independent learning activities (practice with Language Perfect, meetings with
language match partners and exercises based on suggested online resources), students
- A basic understanding of the Chinese language structure
- Elementary conversational skills
- Basic reading and writing skills
- Learning basic phonetics and tones
- Fluency in reading and writing the Pinyin system
- A written vocabulary of about 300 characters
- The ability to carry out simple conversations on everyday topics (such as the exchange of personal information, family structure, profession, basic physical descriptions of people and communicating place and time)
- The capacity to read a simple text independently