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Unit Overview


This unit follows on from CHIN2404 Chinese 4 and provides further development of linguistic and cultural competency. While the unit covers the four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), emphasis is placed on communicative competence and more comprehensive reading and writing skills. At the same time, increased emphasis is placed on recognising radicals that compose Chinese characters and on developing reading and writing skills using dictionary or online material.

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

Students are able to (1) communicate in spoken and written Chinese, cultural conventions and expressions and their differences between China and the West; (2) discuss and comment on the arts such as calligraphy, painting, gardening, dancing, martial arts and playing chess; (3) compare different countries in terms of populations, scenery, landscape and well-known aspects; (4) engage in conversations on a variety of topics using idiomatic expressions; and (5) read and analyse texts in Chinese in dialogue and narrative forms.


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
CHIN1404 Chinese 4
or CHIN2404 Chinese 4
or CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
or CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
CHIN2107 Chinese Native Speakers I
or CHIN2205 Chinese Advanced I
or CHIN1405 Chinese 5
or CHIN3405 Chinese 5
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.