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CHIN334 Advanced Chinese 1

An extension of the communicative approach seeking to develop linguistic skills appropriate to students’ future career and social needs.

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.

CHIN 334 builds upon the proficiency developed at the intermediate level (acquired through completion of CHIN 231 and CHIN 232) and continues to further develop students' language skills and understanding of Chinese culture and society.

Paper title Advanced Chinese 1
Paper code CHIN334
Subject Chinese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2017 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
CHIN 232 or CHIN 212.

If you have previous knowledge of the language you can still enrol in this paper via Special Permission by proceeding with your application process to the Review and Submit page or email languages@otago.ac.nz for assistance.
Restriction
CHIN 331 or CHIN 335 or any other more advanced Chinese language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Lorraine Wong
Paper Structure
CHIN 334 continues to further develop studentsÔÇÖ language skills and understanding of Chinese culture and society. Each week students are scheduled to study one short text focusing on a topic on Chinese culture and society, including origins of the Chinese nation, the tradition of arranged marriage, family planning, Chinese education and Chinese legends. Students are also required to read independently one other short text each week in order to broaden their vocabulary and to consolidate the new grammar items learned in the week. The teaching is interactive between the instructor and students with a combination of oral discussion, grammar explanation and sentence-making activities. The emphasis is on the skills to understand conventional narrative and descriptive texts as well as the ability to speak and write about topics related to Chinese culture and current issues of public and community interest.
Textbooks
Weijia Huang and Qun Ao. Chinese Language and Culture an Intermediate Reader (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2002). (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 Education Perfect, meetings with language match partners and exercises based on suggested online resources), students will gain:
  • An advanced-level understanding of the Chinese language structure
  • Increased confidence in their conversational skills
  • Advanced reading and writing skills
More specifically, the paper's expected learning outcomes include:
  • The ability to recognise a written vocabulary of about 2000 words
  • The ability to express opinions and describe and narrate events/stories about Chinese culture and society
  • The ability to derive meanings from conventional narrative and descriptive texts that are structurally and/or conceptually more complex such as expanded descriptions of persons, places and things, as well as narrations about past, present and future events..

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22