CHINE231-22A (HAM)

Intermediate Chinese 1

15 Points

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Paper Description

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Ni Hao! This paper is a continuation of CHINE132, covering Lessons 14-18 in New Practical Chinese Reader 1 & 2. Over the trimester, your knowledge of Chinese characters and character compounds will expand, and you will be introduced to several new key grammatical constructions, which will significantly enrich your expression in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics ranging from celebrating festivals, visiting the bank and post office, travelling, shopping, and making cultural comparisons.
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Paper Structure

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The paper covers Lessons 14-18 of New Practical Chinese Reader 1 & 2, at the rate of one lesson every fortnight. You will be expected to complete the corresponding exercises for each lesson in your NPCR workbook.

Due to the continuing uncertainty over COVID alert levels, you will have the option of either coming onto campus for a face-to-face class (which is always the best option when learning a language :) ) or join the class via zoom. Since classes are highly interactive, they will not be Panoptoed or recorded, due to student privacy issues.

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, for this trimester, tests will be conducted via zoom, or, if an oral component is included, this will need to be submitted to a dedicated space in Moodle.

You will have the option of submitting assignments by either handing in your workbook in class, or submitting them electronically via Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learning outcomes for this paper include the following:-

    You will expand your Chinese vocabulary across the duration of this paper, and you will also be introduced to more advanced grammatical constructions, including new tense markers and different types of complements.

    By the end of the paper, you will have more confidence expressing yourself in both written and spoken Chinese across a variety of social situations, such as shopping, exchanging money at the bank, and borrowing books from the library.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
5 Apr 2022
9:00 AM
2. Test 2
17 May 2022
9:00 AM
3. Listening Test
9 Jun 2022
10:00 AM
4. Final Written Test
10 Jun 2022
12:00 PM
5. Class participation
6. Written Assignments
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Liu Xun (ed.), New Practical Chinese Reader 1 & 2, Textbook and Workbook

新实用汉语课本第1, 2(北京语言大学出版社)

In addition, a good Chinese-English/English-Chinese dictionary is recommended (digital or paper).

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. The paper outline is available on this site. Important announcements will also be posted through Moodle.

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There are 3 hours of scheduled classes per week. You should aim to spend at least an additional 10 hours per week (depending on how good your memory is!) on mastering the main grammar points, familiarising yourself with new vocabulary, and completing assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: CHIN131, CHINE131 or equivalent.




Restricted papers: CHIN132, CHINE132

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