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CHI3550 - Professional Chinese Language Internship, Part 1

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Lijian Hong


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit is designed for students with relatively high Chinese language level to conduct a project-based language program for professional purposes. On a weekly basis, it will organize students into groups and search news reports from major English newspapers of western countries, online or offline, translate them into Chinese, where necessary, and re-write news reports with students' own comments. The news briefings will be broadcast by students at a local Chinese language radio station and published in a local Chinese language community newspaper.


  1. Through daily searching news reports from major English online and offline media, students are expected to keep in touch with the latest developments in world affairs and to improve their understanding of the social, political, cultural and economic contexts against which media terms and expressions are used in their weekly news briefing writings.
  2. By weekly based extensive reading, translating, writing and editing news briefings, students are expected to greatly enhance their Chinese language writing skills for professional purposes.
  3. Through extensive daily search and analysis of useful news reports from the Internet and major newspapers for the purpose of providing up-to-date news briefing for local Chinese language media publication, students are expected to improve their basic research skills and techniques of searching for useful information for professional purposes.


Class participation and performance 10%;
8 news briefings (800 Chinese characters each): 40%;
Live radio broadcasting (5 minutes): 15%;
Editing news reports 15%;
One end-of-semester oral examination 10%;
One oral presentation paper 10%

Contact hours

3 hours (3 x 1 hour seminars) per week


Chinese level equivalent to Chinese 7