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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 335 is a continuation of CHIN 334 and continues to further develop students' language skills and understanding of Chinese culture and society.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Chinese 2
    Subject Chinese
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    CHIN 334
    CHIN 331
    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 335 is a continuation of CHIN 334. It develops students' language skills and understanding of Chinese culture and society at the advanced level. Each week students study one medium-length text focusing on a topic on Chinese culture and society, including ritual practices, gender and family, food culture, historical monuments,and Chinese idioms. Students are also required to read independently one other medium-length 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. 2 (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 (watching Chinese-language clips on social media and Chinese-language films), 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 2500 words
    • The ability to derive meanings from conventional narrative and descriptive texts that are structurally and/or conceptually more complex than conversational texts, such as descriptions of persons, places and things, narrations about past, present and future events, as well as comparisons of traditional China and contemporary China
    • The ability to derive comprehension not only from situational and subject-matter knowledge but also from knowledge of the Chinese language itself
    • The ability to work with descriptive, narrative and argumentative texts independently


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 09:00-09:50 30-35, 37-42
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