CHIN401-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Advanced Chinese Language Acquisition

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course builds on the language skills that students have acquired in the previous three years. Reading materials will include various topics and styles. Students are expected to summarise the reading in their own words, both oral and written, and to write reviews and essays in Chinese.

CHIN353/401 builds on the language skills acquired in CHIN352 and further develops and consolidates the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese. The course will use texts (both written texts and video clips) aimed at the native Chinese speakers. It covers a wide range of topics, including sociocultural issues in contemporary China and overseas Chinese-speaking communities. For developing writing and speaking skills, students will be required to do oral presentation, conduct student-led discussions, and write two short essays in Chinese.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, students are expected to have achieved the following:

  • In general, they should have a good mastery of the vocabulary and sentence patterns taught in the course. They should be able to use these words and sentence patterns to conduct meaningful conversations with a native speaker and to be able to deliver abstract ideas with expressions and sentence structures covered in the course.
  • 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.
    • 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.

      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.

      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.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 240
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 508 (29/2)
James Logie 517 (7/3-28/3, 2/5-30/5)
26 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chia-rong Wu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation & Student Commentaries (10) 25% Weekly
Online discussions (10) 20% Due weekly
Term presentations (2) 30% Weeks 6 & 12
Mid-term essay 10% Week 6
Cover Letter & Mock interview 15% Week 12 & Examination period

Textbooks / Resources

Course materials, such as Chinese texts and video clips, are available on AKO|LEARN.

A Chinese-English dictionary (intermediate to advanced) is recommended.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* 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 CHIN401 Occurrences

  • CHIN401-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024