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.
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- CHIN 232 or CHIN 212
- CHIN 331 or CHIN 335 or any other more advanced Chinese language paper
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Paola Voci
- Paper Structure
- Each week students are scheduled to study two short texts focusing on various topics
on Chinese culture and society, including origins of the Chinese nation, the tradition
of arranged marriage, family planning, Chinese education, Chinese legend and how to
see a doctor in China. Students are also required to approach authentic Chinese by
watching provided Chinese movies/dramas with Chinese subtitles on screen and given
in print. The course also encourages students to read texts in other Chinese textbooks
of an advanced level. The teaching is interactive between the instructor and students,
and every class hour involves students to practice in listening, speaking, writing
- 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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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
specifically, the paper's expected learning outcomes include:
- An advanced level understanding of the Chinese language structure
confidence in their conversational skills
- Advanced reading and writing skills
- A written vocabulary
of about 2000 words
- The ability of expressing opinions, describing and narrating
- The capacity of reading independently authentic texts
- Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
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- 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.
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- Teaching method
- This paper is taught On Campus
- Learning management system
||Wed, Thurs : 10:00-10:50
||Mon : 11:00-11:50
||Fri : 11:00-11:50