CHIN1404 Chinese 4

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the CHNSI 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 continues to develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The unit also consolidates students' current Chinese language foundation. Students are able to discuss and express their opinions on a number of social issues, negotiate a range of Chinese texts (news items, short essays, television programs, etc.) with the aid of a dictionary, and write short essays on a variety of topics with some depth.
Students are able to (1) develop a consolidation of their current Chinese language base with the ability to speak at length in Chinese about various social activities, cultural events, economic development and life changes it has brought, health issues and future plans and expectations. Specifically, they are able to (a) discuss various sports; (b) discuss cultural components such as Peking opera, influential books, etc.; (c) describe travel experiences; (d) talk about economic development and changes in life; (e) talk about health issues; (f) translate rudimentary Chinese text into idiomatic English; and (g) competently use a Chinese–English dictionary to decipher unknown characters and phrases and (2) refine generic skills so that they understand and are aware of Chinese language in general. The study of Chinese not only increases proficiency, it also boosts awareness and communication. This includes sensitivity to language and language use, knowledge and understanding of the principles according to which languages are organised and used, and general phonetic awareness and skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) tests; and (3) assignments. 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)
Huilin Sun
Unit rules
CHIN1403 Chinese 3
CHIN1103 Chinese Intermediate I
CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
CHIN2404 Chinese 4
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • 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.