Course Title: Chinese 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: 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 3 LANG1414/LANG1215 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.  

Please note that 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.  

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

Course Description

This course is the fourth of the consecutive courses in Chinese offered at RMIT University.  In this course you will build upon your previous knowledge of Chinese, and apply Chinese in a variety of social and cultural contexts. It aims to develop your communicative skills in spoken and written Chinese at an intermediate level. Some of the topics and vocabularies will include vocational and professional contexts.  This course will further enhance your communicative skills of Chinese language in listening, speaking, reading and writing, learned in Chinese 1 to 3 or through similar learning experiences. You will explore contemporary Chinese culture and the relationships between language and behaviour. 

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 confidently and fluently in both oral and written Chinese on familiar, and simple vocational topics. 
  2. Communicate effectively in Chinese, applying correct register in a range of social, and vocational contexts. 
  3. Read and write in Chinese characters from a wide range of materials, including news, or contemporary Chinese society and literature. 
  4. Evaluate and use a range of language learning strategies and techniques to develop your language skills and demonstrate independent learning. 
  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 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 using 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

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

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. 

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.