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Chinese 301 Advanced Modern Chinese 2

 Course Outline   (Second Semester 2019)


Coordinator: Danping Wang (Dani)
Rm 422, 18 Symonds Street, Arts 2
Phone: 373-7599 ext. 886918
Office hour: 10 am – 12 noon Mondays



One two-hour lecture

Two one-hour tutorials



This course builds on the knowledge you have gained over the previous years of studying Chinese and aims to help you develop independent and confident skills as a proficient user of Chinese. The course is divided into 5 units. You will read texts covering various aspects of Chinese society, culture and literature and through these texts will strengthen your knowledge of Chinese grammar and vocabulary, develop your skills in both written and spoken Chinese, and will help you to gain deeper understanding of contemporary Chinese culture.



Students will gain listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese, attaining approximately Level 5 on the HSK proficiency scale. It is equivalent to the level of “Proficient User of Chinese Language” (C1 and C2) in terms of the Common European Framework of References for Languages. Specifically, students will achieve the following skills:


  1. Listening: Be able to sustain understanding over longer stretches of connected discourse on a number of topics pertaining to different times and places as well as events removed in space and time from the speaker. Be able to understand face-to-face speech in the standard dialect about everyday topics, common personal and family news, well-known current events, and narration about current, past and future events.
  2. Speaking: Be able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with most routine tasks and social situations of the Intermediate level. Be able to initiate, maintain and close a general conversation with a number of strategies appropriate to a range of circumstances and topics for face-to-face conversations. Be able to handle successfully most uncomplicated communicative tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to work, school, recreation, particular interests and areas of competence.
  3. Reading: Be able to read simple, authentic written material in a form equivalent to usual printing or typescript on subjects within a familiar context. Be able to read straightforward, familiar, factual material with full understanding simple connected texts dealing with basic personal and social needs. Be able to locate and understand the main ideas and details in material written for the general reader. Be able to read uncomplicated but authentic prose on familiar subjects that are normally presented in a predictable sequence, which aids the reader in understanding.
  4. Writing: Be able to describe and narrate in paragraphs, write articles of at least several paragraphs in length on self-selected and familiar topics. Be able to use a dictionary to advantage to express simple ideas. Be able to write routine social correspondence and prepare documentary materials.
  5. Culture: Be able to read more advanced texts on general topics about life and culture in China, and have improved your ability to write in accurate Chinese on some topics on modern China. Be able to talk to others about life in modern China, and have developed a deeper knowledge about the Chinese language and China generally.


Assessment: 100% Coursework

  • Short Tests (10%): Five short tests for each Unit, each worth 2%. 
  • Writing Assignments (30%): Five writing assignments for each Unit, each worth 6%.
  • Oral Tests (30%): Two oral tests (one for mid-term, one for final), each worth 15%. 
  • Written Tests (30%): Two written tests (one for mid-term, one for final), each worth 15%. 


Textbook: Standard Course HSK 5 (available in Ubiq)




  1. Class time: One class is 50mins. For the lecture, we start at 2:05pm and ends at 3:55pm, including 10mins break during 2:55pm-3:05pm. For tutorials, we start at 2:05pm and ends at 2:55pm. 
  2. Preparation: You are expected to prepare for the lessons ahead of time and to participate actively in the classroom activities. You will be tested on the vocabulary of a new chapter on Mondays. It is your responsibility to come to class prepared. If you work consistently throughout the course, you will have gained a wider, more sophisticated vocabulary as used in modern China by the end of the semester. 
  3. Assessment time: All tests and assessments are held during scheduled lecture/tutorial hours. No make-up tests will be available. You must sort your schedule for your Chinese tests. However, in genuinely exceptional circumstances well supported with documentation, students *may apply for an aegrotat or compassionate pass by following the same procedure, *which governs the University's examination regulations.
  4. Canvas and information: Students must take their own initiatives to check Canvas notifications and/or E-mails, as important and urgent notifications will be communicated through these mediums. 
  5. Contact your teacher: Your teacher is happy to answer all your questions during office hour. However, you should not expect your teacher to return to all your Emails. Only urgent matters will be answered. For unurgent matters, please wait until you see your teacher during lecture and tutorial time. 
  6. Plagiarism: You should be aware of what constitutes plagiarism. Check out the website below for info.



Well-being always comes first

We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.




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