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CHIN231 Intermediate Chinese 1

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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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CHIN 132
CHIN 232 or any other more advanced Chinese language paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
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.
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Teaching staff

Convenor: Dr Sin Wen Lau

Teaching Arrangements

We will study one lesson every 2 weeks (starting from lesson 21 and ending with Lesson 26 in NPCR 2). 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, character games, etc.)


Liu, Xun, ed. Xin Shiyong Hanyu Keben 2 (New Practical Chinese Reader 2) Textbook. Beijing: Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2011. (Available at the University Book Shop)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, 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 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 to express opinions and describe and narrate events/stories
  • The capacity to read near authentic texts independently

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-12, 15-22