Enrolments in this topic will occur via cross-institutional study at Charles Darwin University.This topic is part of the Chinese major, and is for students with little to no experience in spoken or written Chinese. Students with a background knowledge of Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and other regional dialects) are not permitted to enrol in this topic
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly 1 x 2-hour on-line tutorial weekly
All students are strongly encouraged to attend the tutorial in order to improve their oral proficiency.
This topic is suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. It is a topic on written and spoken Mandarin Chinese for Beginner students. It introduces all of the sounds of Chinese along with basic grammatical patterns as it covers such basic conversation needs as greetings and introductions. In addition to learning how to represent Chinese sounds in the Pinyin system of transcription, students will learn the rudiments of writing Chinese characters.
The aims of this topic are to introduce beginner students to:
the Pinyin Romanisation system for standard Mandarin Chinese
the sounds, structures and vocabulary of standard Mandarin Chinese
Chinese characters and character writing techniques
Expected learning outcomes
As a result of this topic, students will be able to:
achieve acceptable pronunciation of Pinyin (Chinese Romanisation) transcription, including initial and final sounds and tones, in an understandable way, and transcribe syllables and tones in Pinyin
participate in simple Chinese conversation, such as greeting and introducing people and asking and answering questions, using appropriate word and sentence stress and conveying appropriate emotions
read and write about 200 Chinese characters using the correct strokes in the correct order
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
This information is from current details held on the Student Information System. Please report any errors or omissions to the relevant College Office.
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