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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 (NZD) $835.20
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,435.00

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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 for assistance.
CHIN 331 or CHIN 335 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
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 paper also encourages students to read texts in other Chinese text books of an advanced level. The teaching is interactive between the instructor and students, and every class hour involves students gaining practice in listening, speaking, writing and reading.
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 Language 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:
  • A written vocabulary of about 2000 words
  • The ability to express opinions and describe and narrate events/stories
  • The capacity to read authentic texts independently

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-12,14-16,18-22 Mon : 11:00-11:50
Weeks: 9-12,14-22 Tues, Wed : 10:00-10:50


Weeks: 9-11,14-22 Fri : 11:00-11:50