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CHIN231 Intermediate Chinese 1

The development of skills in Chinese language to an intermediate level, with equal emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be introduced to basic types and features of Chinese written discourse and cultural themes.

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 increasingly important business partner of New Zealand, learning Chinese will give you the edge over other candidates for a wide variety of jobs.

Paper title Intermediate Chinese 1
Paper code CHIN231
Subject Chinese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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CHIN 132 or CHIN 102. 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 211 or CHIN 212 or CHIN 232 or any other more advanced Chinese language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Paola Voci
Liu, Xun, ed. Xin shiyong hanyu keben 3 (New Practical Chinese Reader 3 (Textbook & Workbook). Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011.(Both available at the University Book Shop)
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Apart from the first week when we study Lesson 24 in NPCR 2, for the rest of the semester we will study two lessons every three weeks (starting from lesson 25 in NPCR 2 and ending with lesson 31 in NPCR 3). In the first two lectures of the week we will learn and practice the new grammar patterns and new vocabulary, as well as read the lesson dialogues. In order to take full advantage of the class interactive lectures, students will do a variety of activities focused on the new vocabulary (peer dictations, characters games, etc.). In the first lecture of the week there is usually a 10-minute long written test. 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 practice more extensively, through both small group or pair activities and individual exercises.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, cultural understanding, self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By participating in lectures, 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 beginning-to-intermediate level understanding of the Chinese language structure
  • Increased confidence in their conversational skills
  • A beginning-to-intermediate level in reading and writing skills
More specifically, the paper's expected learning outcomes include:
  • A written vocabulary of about 1500 words
  • The basic ability of expressing opinions, describing and narrating events/stories
  • The capacity of reading independently near authentic texts
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline. CHIN 231 is a continuation of CHIN 132. If you have not completed CHIN 132, you may still be able to enrol in this paper if you have acquired basic proficiency in Chinese, by completing a beginner-level Chinese course elsewhere (e.g., in your high school, or in another university) or via other means (e.g., living in China, being exposed to Chinese in a family setting). If this is the case, you need to contact the Programme Coordinator. Email:
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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Tues : 10:00-10:50
Wed : 14:00-14:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 10:00-10:50


Weeks: 9-14,16-21 Thurs : 12:00-12:50