CHINESE 100G Beginning Modern Chinese 1

CHINESE 100G | Open Schedule | Summer School 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


This course is designed to provide basic written and spoken skills in modern standard Chinese and is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of the language, normally not higher than NCEA 1. It is delivered through three one-hour sessions per week on campus, blended with a comprehensive online component that introduces the basic concepts in Mandarin Chinese through popular multimodal materials. By the end of the course, students are expected to communicate orally in Mandarin Chinese on simple topics of everyday life, read simple texts written in Chinese characters, and write about 200 Chinese characters.

Restriction: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Able to communicate orally in Chinese on simple topics of everyday life.
  2. Be able to read simple texts written in Chinese characters.
  3. Use Chinese characters to produce meaningful text.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural knowledge about contemporary Chinese people's daily life.


By enrolling in a General Education language course, you are declaring that you have no previous knowledge or study in the language. The University may cancel your enrolment in this course at any time in the semester if you are found to have prior knowledge or study in the language. Further assessment of your language ability may be required and your enrolment may be changed if found to be at a higher level than is permitted for General Education language courses.

Student Feedback

'I think this course is super fantastic and designed very well. It is easy to catch up even if you do not have previous experience in learning Chinese.'

'I liked the group work. I also liked the personable aspect of tutorials. I felt like I was able to get to know the tutors and they were able to help me because of that.'

'The teachers were always kind, helpful and encouraging.'

'My tutor made learning Chinese fun by giving us engaging games and tasks.'

‘Studying dialogues really improved my communication and pronunciation. My writing skills are generally good, but I struggle with making a comprehensive dialogue, so being able to listen to native speakers helped a lot.’

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