Chinese 1C (For Advanced Beginners) (CHNS1201)


A fast-paced intermediate unit of study intended primarily for native and fluent "background" speakers of Chinese languages, including Cantonese, who know few (up to about 200) characters or none at all. The objective is rapid development of Chinese-language proficiency to equip students for advanced work in Chinese Studies. Emphases include reading and writing skills and standard Putonghua pronunciation.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x1hr lecture/week, 3x1hr tutorials/week


Classwork (equivalent to 150wds) (15%), 1xOral Presentation (2.5 minutes) (25%), quizzes and exercises (equivalent to 300wds) (30%), 2x1hr reading/writing tests (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Native- or near-native fluency in a spoken Chinese language (e.g., Putonghua, Cantonese) combined with no, or very limited, knowledge of characters


CHNS1101 or CHNS1301 or CHNS1313 or CHNS1321, HSC Chinese Background Speakers

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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.