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.

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1x1-hr lecture/week, 3x1-hr 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%)


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

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


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

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