Chinese Language 1A
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Online and other materials
- 01 Mar 2021
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- participate in simple conversations at an introductory level of Chinese (Mandarin) on topics relating to self, family and study;
- recognise and produce the sounds and tones of Modern Standard Chinese with some accuracy;
- use the pinyin system of romanisation with some accuracy;
- demonstrate knowledge of and apply the principles of the Chinese character writing system;
- recognise and write approximately 120 basic Chinese characters and recognise a further 130 Chinese words and phrases, in context; and
- demonstrate some accuracy in the use of fundamental word order principles, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge, at the most basic level of Chinese proficiency.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
No eligibility requirements
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required if students choose to attend the Non-Mandatory Intensive School. 2021 dates to be advised.
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject is designed to provide an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin), and how to study this important and fascinatingly distinctive language. From the start you will learn to participate in simple conversations in Chinese. Initially the focus is on pronouncing the sounds and tones of Mandarin accurately, and noting them using the pinyin phonetic script. Then you will enter the world of Chinese characters, discovering how they represent meanings, and learning the correct way to write them. The simple principles of word order at the basis of Chinese grammar will be explained and practised. Through learning the language you will discover various significant aspects of Chinese life and culture.
Online Assessment: 675 words (equivalent). Assessment Notes: Online participation and weekly self-assessed language exercises. Relates to Learning Outcomes 2-6. Online Quiz: 1125 words (equivalent). Relates to Learning Outcomes 3-6 Oral Presentation 1: 675 words (equivalent). Assessment Notes: Speaking and pronunciation tasks, to be completed face-to-face with unit staff in person at UNE, or via an online platform. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6 Oral Presentation 2: 675 words (equivalent). Assessment Notes: Speaking and pronunciation tasks, to be completed face-to-face with unit staff in person at UNE, or via an online platform. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6 Written Language Assessment: 1350 words (equivalent). Assessment Notes: Handwritten language assignment. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-6
- Online Assessment (15%)
- Online Quiz (25%)
- Oral Presentation 1 (15%)
- Oral Presentation 2 (15%)
- Written Language Assessment (30%)
Check the learning management system (LMS) of your university for textbook details.
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