Chinese 1A (For Beginners) (CHNS1101)


This unit is an introduction to basic communication skills in Modern Standard Chinese for beginners. Foundation work on pronunciation, pinyin romanisation, elementary grammar and the Chinese writing system will be followed by conversational drills, comprehension, reading and writing practice in Classwork and homework.

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Further unit of study information


1x1hr lecture/week, 3x1hr tutorials/week


Classwork (equivalent to 100wd) (10%), 5xon-line or individual learning assignments (30 minutes each) (20%), 2xOral Presentations (3 minutes each) (40%), 2xwriting projects (1.5hrs each) (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


HSC Chinese Background Speakers, CHNS1201 or CHNS1301 or CHNS1313 or CHNS1321

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.