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CHIN132 Introductory Chinese 2

A continuation of CHIN 131, further developing students’ Chinese language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening at an elementary level. 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 2
Paper code CHIN132
Subject Chinese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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CHIN 131 or CHIN 101. You may be able to take this paper without the prerequisite if you can demonstrate the required ability. Use the special permission process to apply to do this; please proceed through the application process to reach the window for Special Permission. This request together with any documentation you provide or request for the transfer of credit(s) will then be submitted for approval.
CHIN 102 or CHIN 231 or any other more advanced Chinese language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
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 2 (New Practical Chinese Reader 2) (Textbook & Workbook).
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 will gain:
  • A solid introductory-level understanding of the Chinese language structure
  • Increased confidence in their basic conversational skills
  • Basic reading and writing skills
More specifically, the paper's expected learning outcomes include:
  • A written vocabulary of about 700 characters
  • The ability to express opinions and describe and narrate simple events/stories
  • The capacity to read more complex texts independently

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-32, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-32, 36-41
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41