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Unit Overview


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.

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
  • Level 1 elective

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Huilin Sun
Unit rules
CHIN1403 Chinese 3
or CHIN1103 Chinese Intermediate I
CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
or CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
or CHIN2404 Chinese 4
Contact hours
3 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.