Course Title: Chinese Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Jing Qi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4402

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.36

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed Chinese 5 LANG1416/LANG1217 or Chinese 6 LANG1422 /LANG1218 


A minimum Chinese proficiency equivalent to Level IV on the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages before you commence this course.  

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.  

Course Description

Chinese Language and Society is the seventh 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 news translation, business correspondence, and tourism and education-related communication. 

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

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate effectively through social and business correspondence and news translation using the Chinese language in appropriate formats, media and styles. 
  2. Communicate effectively in the Chinese language, using a range of forms and styles to discuss, write, and interpret tourist and educational topics. 
  3. Communicate effectively in a range of forms and contexts in the Chinese language to for job applications. 
  4. Critically reflect on bilingual practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to apply bilingual knowledge in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 
  5. Effectively design, adapt and develop effective bilingual communication strategies that promote awareness of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in globalised workplaces. 

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 news translation, business correspondence, and tourism and education-related communication.

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

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

Assessment Tasks

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%  

Weekly Tasks  


Assessment Task 2 40% 

Progressive Assessments: Oral Presentation (20%) + Written Exam (20%) (With 3 parts of written translation) 


Assessment Task 3 50% 

Final Exam: Oral Presentation (20%) (with 2 parts of interpreting or an extended text) + 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.