Course Title: Chinese 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Jindan Ni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1921

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37.L5.R38

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed Chinese 2 LANG1413/LANG1172 (Chinese 2 OR Placement Test OR Equivalent before you commence this course.  

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Students who studied Chinese outside RMIT must attend a placement test or interview.  

Course Description

This course is the third of the consecutive courses in Chinese offered at RMIT University.   In this course you will further develop your communicative skills in spoken and written Chinese. You will begin to use more complex grammatical structures and apply Chinese in a wider range of personal and social contexts.   It will provide you with skills in oral and written communication in Chinese language, particularly in relation to grammatical and socially appropriate language use, such as the use of connectors in complex sentences.   You will explore the contemporary Chinese culture, and relationships between language, behaviour and cultural issues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read Chinese characters without relying on pinyin system, except for occasional new vocabularies 
  2. Communicate in both oral and written Chinese on familiar topics and hold extended situational conversations in real-life situations, using appropriate connectors for more complex sentence structures 
  3. Read, interpret and comprehend authentic spoken, written and multimedia Chinese materials which are composed of both simple and complex sentence structures 
  4. Evaluate and apply language learning strategies and techniques to develop language skills, aiming to be an effective autonomous learner 
  5. Analyse aspects of the Chinese culture embedded in Chinese language and interweaving it with the Chinese language learning to strengthen cross-cultural communication skills and knowledge (in English and Chinese)

Note: 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. 

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

You may need to purchase a prescribed text.  

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course 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 assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  

Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment task 1: Quizzes, homework, class participation, 20% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5.  

Assessment task 2: Progressive learning outcome exams, 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. 

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.