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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) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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CHIN 212 or CHIN 232
CHIN 331 or CHIN 335 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 Lorraine Wong
Paper Structure
CHIN 334 continues to further develop students' 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.

Required: Weijia Huang and Qun Ao. Learning Chinese Language and Culture: Intermediate Chinese Textbook. Vol. 1 (CUHK Press, 2019). (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 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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 14, 17-22