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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Chinese 1
    Subject Chinese
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 develops students' language skills and understanding of Chinese culture and society at the advanced level. Each week students study one text focusing on a topic on Chinese culture and society, including origins of the Chinese nation, the tradition of arranged marriage, population control, Chinese festivals and legends. Students read independently one other text each week in order to broaden their vocabulary and 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, 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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-22
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