Course Title: Chinese Language in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Language in Context

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Jing Qi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4402

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37. L05. R36

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

1. You should have satisfactorily completed Chinese 6 LANG1072/LANG1217  before you commence this course. 


2. A minimum Chinese proficiency equivalent to Level IV on the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages. 

If you satisfy the second condition above, please contact the course coordinator to request a placement test.

Please note that admission may be rejected on the basis of the placement test outcome, and enrolment in a different course may be recommended. 

Please note enrolment in Chinese courses may be refused based on previous study or abilities, and students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes.

Course Description

Chinese Language in Context is the eighth consecutive course in Chinese offered at RMIT University. The course situates your learning of the Chinese language in authentic, sophisticated contexts for academic, professional, and social purposes.  You will engage in interactive learning activities that develop your Chinese language capabilities in three domains. The activities will cover multiple facets of conducting business transactions; interpreting sci-tech discoveries; and creating public advertisements.   

You will continue to build your communicative competence in Chinese, whilst developing a nuanced understanding about employing your bilingual capabilities in intercultural contexts. A greater emphasis will be placed on translating, interpreting, and developing advanced writing skills. 

Student-centred learning and intercultural activities encourage you to self-regulate your learning and become critical and creative in your communication in international contexts. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) BP332LAN

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study. 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems. 
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks. 
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances. 
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles. 
  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms and contexts in the target language. 
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings. 
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 
  • Design, adapt and develop effective communication strategies that promote awareness of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in globalised workplaces. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Communicate effectively in business settings using the Chinese language, and facilitate collaborative business partnerships, using appropriate formats, media and styles. 
  2. Communicate effectively in the Chinese language, using a range of forms and styles to discuss, write, and interpret sci-tech discoveries.  
  3. Communicate effectively in a range of forms and contexts in the Chinese language to create commercial advertisements. 
  4. Reflect on bilingual practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to apply bilingual knowledge in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 
  5. Design, adapt and develop effective bilingual communication strategies that promote awareness of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in globalised workplaces. 
  6. Demonstrate a higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between bilingual capabilities and professional practice in intercultural contexts (For postgraduates only).  

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills and understanding, with emphasis placed on translation, interpreting and advanced writing skills. 

Various exercises and games are employed to explore the use of Chinese across the many facets of conducting business transactions; interpreting sci-tech discoveries; and creating public advertisements.   

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

Overview of Learning Resources

Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will be used and made available through the course Canvas site. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1 10%

In-class Participation and Weekly Tasks



Assessment Task 2    40%                 

Progressive Assessments:  

Oral Presentation (20%) + Written Exam (20%) 



Assessment Task 3    50%                                             

Final Exam: Oral Presentation (20%) + Written Exam (30%) 



Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.