Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Lijian Hong


Previously coded CHI3560


This unit is designed for students with relatively high Chinese language level to conduct a project-based language program for professional purposes. On 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 contribution: 10%
Written work: 60%
Presentations: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lijian Hong

Contact hours

3 hours (3 x 1 hour seminars) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Chinese translation
Chinese language


With program convenor's permission only