ATS1905 - Chinese introductory for background speakers 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Chinese Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Hui Huang


Dr Hui Huang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


ATS1001, ATS1021, ATS2001, ATS2021, APG4001, APG4021, APG5001, APG5021.


This unit provides an introduction to written modern standard Chinese to students with a background in spoken Chinese. It provides training in formal grammatical structures and vocabulary to accelerate the development of students' literacy. An oral component is also included. This unit provides students with a basic critical understanding of Chinese society, its values and their evolutions.


  1. To be able to recognise around 400 Chinese characters and identify important associated radicals.
  2. To be able to write around 400 Chinese characters in simple composition.
  3. To acquire proficiency in the use of the pinyin Romanisation system.
  4. To acquire knowledge of a grammatical framework with which to analyse and describe the vernacular Chinese under study.
  5. To further develop oral proficiency. (approximates to Common European Framework of reference for Languages A1+)

  6. To acquire a basic critical understanding of Chinese society, its values and their evolution.


Within semester assessment: 65% + Exam: 35%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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