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CHNL11-101: Chinese Language and Culture


Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world and the second most used language of the Internet after English. Mandarin, or Standard Chinese, is the largest of the Chinese family languages, spoken by 70% of all Chinese speakers and it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Learn Chinese to expand your cultural awareness, your ability to effectively communicate across cultural borders and your career opportunities in the global marketplace.

This subject was designed for students with no previous knowledge of the Chinese (Mandarin) language. The aim of this subject is to develop an awareness and understanding of Chinese speaking societies and cultures and to develop a basic level of communicative proficiency in the Chinese (Mandarin) language. Using a content and language integrated approach, this subject will introduce you to various aspects of the societies and cultures of Chinese (Mandarin) speaking countries while developing a basic competence in the language.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Recognise, evaluate and compare cultural differences between the Chinese-speaking world and other cultures.
2. Communicate in Chinese (Mandarin) in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
3. Apply knowledge and skills to further your knowledge of the Chinese (Mandarin) language and culture.
4. Work collaboratively with your peers to improve your use of the Chinese (Mandarin) language.

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