CHIN1401 Chinese 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the CHNSB Chinese Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit is open to students with no previous knowledge of modern standard Chinese ONLY. It provides a basic introduction to contemporary spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin or Putonghua). The primary focus is on giving elementary instruction in the various facets of modern standard Chinese: comprehension and speaking, reading and writing. The first few weeks of the semester concentrates on the learning of the Pinyin system (Romanisation). In addition, there is a series of lectures on the key features of both the spoken language and the Chinese script. Successful completion of this unit brings students to the ISLPR Level 1 (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) or New HSK Level 1 (New Chinese Proficiency Test) or CEFR A1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Students are able to (1) master Pinyin (which is not difficult for English speakers) and learn roughly 200 characters, 170 words or short phrases, and 40 sentence patterns; (2) speak by imitating sentence patterns learned, and have attained minimum survival proficiency in four basic skills—comprehension, speaking, reading and writing; (3) communicate mainly with simple phrases and sentences (e.g. from greetings to asking for days of the week); (4) recognise and understand a range of short, simple texts that are often heard and seen (e.g. basic Chinese characters as in common street signs); and (5) understand Chinese language in its social and cultural contexts which encourages an understanding of differences as well as the similarities between culture of origin and the culture of the target community.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) workbook and oral presentation; and (3) examination (including oral and written). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Xianlin Song
Unit rules
WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL 2A/2B
CHIN1101 Chinese Beginners 1
Contact hours
Up to 4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
This unit is designed for students who have no previous knowledge or only a slight knowledge of Chinese. Students with some knowledge of the language should consult the unit coordinator for information regarding the appropriate unit for enrolment.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.