CHIN151-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Chinese Language 1-A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


A beginner's level course, focusing on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Chinese language.

This is a beginner level Chinese language course. The course starts with the fundamentals of the language, i.e. its sounds and tones, which will be taught with the assistance of Pinyin, a Latin alphabet based phonetic transcription for Putonghua (Modern Standard Chinese). From early in the course, students will also be taught to write Chinese characters. The course will introduce basic sentence patterns and a vocabulary of some 200 words in everyday use, as well as 150 Chinese characters. The emphasis in this course is on the functional development of four language skills, which are listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will lay a solid foundation for further studies in Chinese.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening), which will become the foundation for developing strategies and skills needed to interact in Chinese. By the end of the course students should:

  • Be able to understand 200 Chinese basic words
  • Among the above words, be able to actively use 150
  • Recognise 150 basic Chinese characters
  • Among the above characters, be able to write 100
  • Be able to actively apply basic Chinese grammar and expressions used in simple everyday situations (e.g., greeting, expressing needs, talking about nationality, asking for permission, asking for direction, expressing gratitude, making suggestions, discussing studies, talking about university, and specialties/departments, describing family members)
  • Have developed learner autonomy and reflective skills
  • Have acquired skills and competencies transferrable to a variety of disciplines
  • Enable and encourage community engagements (especially Chinese speaking communities)
  • Have some intercultural awareness and sensitivity, and apply some global competency through communication in second language.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Students who have learnt more than 150 Chinese characters or have a level of spoken Chinese equivalent to the level reached by the students at the very end of this course will not be admitted to this course.


CHIN101. Students who have learnt more than 150 Chinese characters or have a level of spoken Chinese equivalent to the level reached by the students at the very end of this course will not be admitted to this course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Nancy Chu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mini written tests (3) 20% Thursday following the completion of each lesson
Workbook exercises (5) 20% Tuesday following the completion of each lesson
Character tests (3) 10% Tuesday following the completion of each lesson
Speaking tests (2) 10% Wed & Thurs week 6, Term 1 Wed & Thurs week 12, Term 2
Written tests (2) 40% Thurs week 6, Term 1 Thurs week 12, Term 2

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Yuehua Liu et al; Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Textbook (Simplified Chinese) ; 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui, 2016.

Yuehua Liu et al; Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Workbook (Simplified Chinese) ; 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsu, 2016.

Recommended dictionaries
A Chinese-English Dictionary, revised edition. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. 1997
Concise English-Chinese and Chinese-English Dictionary, 2nd edition. Hong Kong: Commercial and Oxford University Press. 2001

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All CHIN151 Occurrences

  • CHIN151-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • CHIN151-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)