CHIN 3013 - Understanding Chinese for Chinese Speakers
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 3013 Course Understanding Chinese for Chinese Speakers Coordinating Unit Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites Native or near native Chinese language proficiency (including Chinese dialects) Assumed Knowledge Completion of junior secondary school or above in China, other Chinese speaking countries or regions, or equivalent with native or near native Chinese language proficiency (including Chinese dialects) Course Description This course is intended for native or near-native speakers of Mandarin studying Modern Standard Chinese in Australian context. The course aims to introduce students to the essentials of the Chinese language so as to enhance their proficiency in the practical use of the language in the Australian context. It focuses on important aspects of the language including its writing system, historical development, and its social and regional variances. Topics covered in this course include Chinese among world languages, Chinese in China and overseas, Romanisation schemes, the phonological, lexical and syntactic features of Chinese, the historical development of Chinese, reform of the Chinese language, analysis of traditional & simplified scripts and teaching Chinese as a foreign language in Australia.
Course Coordinator: Dr Hong CaiCourse Co-ordinator
Dr Hong Cai
RM 641, Kenneth Wills Building
Ph: +61 8 83132598
Consultation: by appointments
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. acquire a sound knowledge of the basics of the Chinese language with regard to its structure, social and geographic profile
2. understand the historical evolvement of the Chinese language
3. read in and convert between the simplified and the traditional script of Chinese
4. work with major Romanization schemes of Chinese, such as pinyin and the Wade-Giles system
5. use both digital and non-digital resources to address language related issues
6. understand the current situation of Chinese on the world stage and debate on the topic of reforming the Chinese language
7. engage in collaborative work and use a variety of resources to solve problems encountered in practice
8. learn the essentials of teaching Chinese in the Australian context including adapting to the diverse Australian cultures
9. use technologies to complete assignments
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
5, 6, 7
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
6, 7, 9
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
3, 4, 6, 8
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
5, 7, 9
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesNairong Qian, 2001, Modern Chinese, Jiangsu Education Publishing House;
Reading materials provided on MyUni and in class.
Recommended ResourcesChao, Yuen Ren. 1968. A grammar of spoken Chinese / by Yuen Ren Chao. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Chen, Ping. 1999. Modern Chinese: History and Sociolinguistics. Cambridge University Press.
Gao, M. (2000). Mandarin Chinese : An introduction / Mobo C. F. Gao. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Hu, Yushu. 1992. Xian dai Han yu / Hu Yushu zhu bian. (增訂本, 香港第1版..; Zeng ding ben, Xianggang di 1 ban. ed.). Xianggang: San lian shu dian (Xianggang) yuo xian gong si.
Liu, Jin & Tao, Hongyin. 2012. Chinese Under Globalization Emerging Trends in Language Use in China. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company.
Lü, Shuxiang. 1983. Xian dai Han yu ba bai ci / Lü Shuxiang zhu bian. (香港第1版..; Xianggang di 1 ban. ed.). Xianggang: Shang wu yin shu guan (Xianggang) you xian gong si.
Norman, Jerry. 1988. Chinese. Cambridge University Press
Zou, Jiayan & Rujie You. 2001. Han yu yu hua ren she hui. Shanghai: Fudan University Press.
Online LearningJournal articles and ebooks that the university libraries hold will be available to all students.
The MyUni site will be used to announce upcoming curricular and extra curricular events and host supplementary material. The site will help students and lecturers to communicate outside of class and help students prepare for lectures.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of a lecture and a tutorial each week. Classes are conducted with an interactive, student-centered approach. A topic is introduced in each lecture and further supported by discussions and problem-solving activities available online. Feedback on activity outcomes will be provided to individuals and/or student groups. Discussions on MyUni will be used for Q&A about the lectures, tutorials, assessments and etc.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
2 x 1-hour lectures per week 24 hours per semester
1 x 1-hour online tutorial via MyUni per week 12 hours per semester
WORKLOAD - SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Introduction: Languages in the World; Languages in China; Chinese language
Introduction (continued): Chinese outside China; Influence of Chinese on Other Languages
Basic Structure of Chinese: Sound, Word and Grammar
Basic Structure of Chinese: Sound, Word and Grammar
Basic Structure of Chinese: Sound, Word and Grammar
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (Part 1)
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (Part 2)
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (Part 3)
Chinese Script (Han Zi)
Reform of the Chinese Languages
The Romanization of Chinese: History & Main Schemes
* The learning activities are subject to change depending on circumstances.
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ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Worksheets Summative 30% 1-7 Oral presentation Formative and Summative 30% 1-7 1500 word essay Summative 40% 1-7
Assessment DetailWorksheets: students will be required to complete 10 weekly worksheets which are accessible on MyUni before the due dates. Each worksheet is worth 2-4% - 30% weighting.
Oral presentation: students will need to deliver an oral presentation individually on a chosen topic - 30% weighting.
1500 word essay: students will be required to write a 1500-word essay in English on a chosen topic - 40% weighting.
SubmissionAll written assignments for this course must be submitted electronically via MyUni.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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