CHIN251-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

Chinese Language 2-A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course, following CHIN152 and still focusing on the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, is a Chinese language course teaching how to conduct daily and social conversations, and to read and write texts in Chinese at an early intermediate level, with an adequate cultural understanding of China.

Students in this course are expected to:
• prepare for each new lesson by going over the new vocabulary and texts before coming to classes (see the teaching schedule for the timing of new lessons);
• attend all the classes;
• participate in oral and written exercises during class time, as each exercise is designed to help students learn and strengthen specific language structures and skills;
• complete the workbook exercises to be submitted independently;
• devote at least eight hours per week to individual study outside the formal contact hours.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, you will acquire skills in all four areas of the language (reading, writing, speaking and listening). By the end of the course, successful students should have acquired an early intermediate level of Chinese language proficiency, which will allow them to continue to study Chinese at the upper intermediate and advanced levels. They should have learned the basic sentence structures in standard Chinese and about 280 Chinese words/expressions in addition to the characters, words and expressions learnt already at 100 level Chinese courses. Within the topics learned in this course, successful students should be able to understand Chinese speech directed to them and make themselves understood using the sentence structures and vocabulary they have learned. They should be able to read very short and simple texts with the aid of a dictionary, and write very short letters and compositions. The successful student should have obtained the basic language skills with which they could survive in a natural Mandarin speaking environment by themselves.

By learning a foreign language, students will develop more understanding of global conditions, will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts, and will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand and its relevance to their study of the foreign language. This will help the language students to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply the knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


CHIN152 or placement test. Students who have learnt more than 450 Chinese characters, or
have a level of spoken Chinese equivalent to the required achievement of students when finishing CHIN251.


CHIN201. Students who have learnt more than 450 Chinese characters, or have a level of spoken Chinese equivalent to the required achievement of students when finishing CHIN251.

Recommended Preparation

This course is designed for students who have completed CHIN152 or equivalent.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mengping Cheng


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Forum participation (12) 6% Weekly participation
Workbook exercises (5) 15% On completion of each lesson
Group Presentation (4) 8% Mondays on weeks 4, 6, 9 & 11
Character tests (3) 10% Tuesdays weeks 3, 5 & 10
Mini tests (3) 15% Thursdays weeks 3, 5 & 10
Speaking tests (2) 10% Weeks 7 & 12
Written Term Tests (2) 36% Thursday Week 7 Thursday Week 12

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Yuehua Liu et al; Integrated Chinese Volume 2 Textbook (Simplified Chinese) ; 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui,, 2017.

Yuehua Liu et al; Integrated Chinese Volume 2, Workbook (Simplified Chinese) ; 4th Edition; Cheng & Tsui, 2017.

Audio Recordings for Integrated Chinese (Volume 2), Fourth Edition. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2017. Available at

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

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides:

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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 CHIN251 Occurrences

  • CHIN251-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • CHIN251-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)