Course Title: Chinese 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1067

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

LANG1068

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Lynne Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3749

Course Coordinator Email: lynne.li@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 24


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Placement Test OR Equivalent.

Chinese 1 (LANG 1067/1068) assumes no previous learning experience with the Chinese language. Students who studied Chinese before must attend a placement test or interview. Please note that enrolment in Chinese courses may be refused on the basis of previous Chinse study or abilities, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds incompatible qualifications or abilities may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit, and students may remain liable for course fees.

Information on placement test is on RMIT Chinese program homepage. For an interview, email the course coordinator for an appointment.

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course is the first of eight consecutive courses in Chinese offered at RMIT University.

This course will introduce you to Chinese language and culture, and assist you to develop in four different modes of Chinese Language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.

You will familiarise yourself with pronunciation system of Chinese and the formation of written Chinese. You will explore the norms and values of Chinese culture, the language, and relationships between behaviour and language. The course will equip you with some basic knowledge for cross-cultural situations. In addition, this course will lay the foundation for further Chinese study.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use Pinyin system, when necessary, to pronounce and read Chinese characters
  • Communicate in both oral and written Chinese on familiar topics using simple Chinese expressions, around familiar topics including likes and dislikes, suggestions and permission, opinions and wishes, etc.
  • Read, interpret and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia Chinese materials which are mainly composed of simple sentence structure
  • Identify some learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills, and demonstrate independent learning
  • Describe your own cultural values and norms, and make comparison to the Chinese ones, beginning to reflect on and develop your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges; (in English or Chinese).

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively in Chinese in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
  • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
  • Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Chinese
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication


Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations.

Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only Chinese. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.


Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies.


Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.