Course Title: Chinese 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Jindan Ni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1921

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location:

Course Coordinator Availability: B37.L5.R38

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed Chinese 1 LANG1067/LANG1406 before you commence this course. 

Students who have studied Chinese outside RMIT must attend a placement test or interview. Please note that enrolment in Chinese courses may be refused on the basis of previous Chinese study or abilities, and students may be instructed to vary their enrolment in accordance with RMIT’s Enrolment Processes.

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

Course Description

The course aims to enhance your oral/aural skills and to further the basic reading and writing skills acquired in Chinese 1 or through similar learning experiences, and practical knowledge of the culture in a wider range of personal and social situations and contexts.  It will enhance further your skills as in listening, reading, speaking and writing. It further extends your communicative skills in topics such as school life, shopping and using transportation.  You will explore contemporary Chinese culture and obtain knowledge of the language and behaviour as expressed in and reflected by the language through collecting resources and conducting comparative discussions. 

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 and confidently 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 
  2. Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions 
  3. Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Chinese 
  4. Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication. 
  5. Critically analyse areas of cultural values and norms in China and contrast them with the Australian ones in simple Chinese language.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis is 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

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

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. 

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 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).  

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment task 1: Class participation, homework, quizzes, 20% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3. 

Assessment task 2: Progressive learning outcome exams with a reflective written component (800-1,000 words), 30% CLO1 and CLO3. 

Assessment task 3: Final Speaking and Listening, 20% CLO2, CLO4 and CLO5.  

Assessment task 4: Final written exam, 30% CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5. 

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

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.