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Chinese Studies

Type:

Major, Minor, Sub-Major

Description:

Chinese Language has become a language of local, regional and international importance as the economies and societies of China and the East Asian region have developed. The Australia in the Asian Century White Paper recognises the need for Australia to broaden and deepen our understanding of Asian cultures and languages, to become more Asia literate. These capabilities, including Chinese language study are needed to build stronger connections and partnerships across the region. Building relationships with China and with Chinese people more generally has become a national priority.

Prerequisite(s):

Only Chinese 1A has no prerequisites. The prerequisites for proceeding to Chinese 1B, 2B & 3B are respectively Chinese 1A, 2A & 3A courses. Chinese 2B (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for enrolment in Chinese In-country.

Assumed Knowledge:

The Chinese 1A & 1B courses are designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese. Students who have studied Chinese successfully at Stage 2 level of the SACE certificate or equivalent may be eligible to enrol in Chinese 2A. Students with limitied prior knowledge of the language due to home language background may also be eligible. The Chinese courses are designed for Chinese as a second language learners, who are NON-Background speakers of Chinese.

Courses:

Course Area and cat no. Units Level References
Chinese for Social Interaction LANG 1060 4.5 1 Note(s): 1,2,3
Chinese for Oral and Written Communication LANG 1061 4.5 1 Note(s): 1,2,3
Chinese 2A LANG 2037 4.5 2 Note(s): 1,2,3
Chinese 2B LANG 2038 4.5 2 Note(s): 1,2,3
Chinese 3A LANG 3031 4.5 3 Note(s): 1,2,3
Chinese 3B LANG 3032 4.5 3 Note(s): 1,2,3
Students choose from one of the following: Note(s): 4
Asian Languages In-Country LANG 2039 9 2 Note(s): 4,5
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9 3 Note(s): 2

Rules:

  1. Students may only enrol in Chinese if they are non-native speakers.

Notes:

  1. Chinese is available as a major (36 units), sub-major (27 units) and a minor (18 units) to both beginners and continuing students.
  2. The Chinese courses are designed for Chinese as a second language learners, who are NON-Background speakers of Chinese. At present there are no courses available for students for whom Chinese is a first language
  3. Students who can demonstrate prior learning/experience in chinese, may be eligible to commence their studies at 2A. Students may be required to attend an interview and/or sit for a placement test as determined by the program director.
  4. Asian Languages In-Country is studied in China, in a tertiary institution specialising in the teaching of Chinese to foreigners, with airfares, accommodation and other in-country costs borne by the student. Eligible students can apply for scholarships through the coordinator of the course and through the International Office.
  5. Students of Asian languages may include a study abroad experience, usually after completion of first year. Languages In-Country is studied in a country that is appropriate for the target language. Students intending to complete a study abroad semester need to negotiate the integration of this within their program study plan, consulting with the program director. Asian Languages In-Country is studied as an Intermediate course.
  6. A major consists of 8 courses (36 units), two courses of which must be Level 1, two courses of which must be at Level 2, two courses of which must be at Level 3 and one 9 unit course at Level 3.
  7. A sub-major consists of 6 courses (27 units), two courses of which must be Level 1, two courses of which must be at Level 2, two courses of which must be at Level 3.
  8. A minor consists of 4 courses (18 units), two courses of which must be Level 1, two courses of which must be at Level 2.