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Unit Overview


This unit follows on from CHIN1401 Chinese 1. It builds on previous knowledge of the Chinese language and improves aural comprehension and fluency in spoken and written Chinese. The unit covers a range of basic vocabulary and sentence patterns enabling simple effective spoken and written communication in everyday life in China on topics students are familiar with. Successful completion of this unit brings students to the ISLPR Level 1 (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) or New HSK Level 2 (New Chinese Proficiency Test) or CEFR A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the CHNSB Chinese Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) develop a 'basic transactional proficiency' in Chinese which means that students have learned about 400 characters, 350 words or short phrases, and 100 sentence patterns; (2) develop basic skills of speaking and listening, can initiate and sustain simple conversations, understand simple texts and write short series of sentences on very familiar topics; and (3) acquire a number of generic skills such as knowledge, awareness and understanding of differences as well as the similarities between cultures and societies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) workbook and oral presentation; and (3) examination (oral and written). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liyong Wang
Unit rules
CHIN1401 Chinese 1
or CHIN1101 Chinese Beginners 1
CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Contact hours
Up to 4 hours per week
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.