Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the use of Chinese for professional purposes at an elementary level. Through role-play and video viewing, students acquire communicative ability in a range of professional situations such as formal introductions, exchange of name cards, exchange gifts, travel arrangements, greetings and phone calls. The focus is on the acquisition of oral skills together with an understanding of the cultural background and context necessary for successful communication in Chinese communities. Topics covered include: cultural differences, Chinese language, traditional ideas and history, gender relations, family and self-image in Chinese society.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBao-Qiang Gao

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any one of: CHI1002,CHI2003, CHI2004, CHI3005, CHI3006; CHI4007, CHI4008, or co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChina: a handbook on intercultural communicationPrescribedBrick, J.MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY 2004

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Culturally appropriate and confident speaking and using the target language to communicate with native speakers

Dialogue, conversation and in class discussions, interviewing/talking with native speakers,
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

02. Listening, body language, gesture and awareness of culturally appropriate behaviour

Listening, video watching and interviewing/ talking with native speakers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Creative Problem-solving

03. Reading, writing with expanded vocabulary range

Prescribed textbook readings, reading materials on relevant topics, sentence makings, short passages and essay writing with given topics
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

04. awareness and understanding of the cultural differences in communication

Pair work within the class, meeting with international students and interviewing native speakers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Critical Thinking

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBao-Qiang Gao

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class exercises and activities (equivalent to 600 words)20 02, 01, 03, 04
One 2-hour written end-of-semester examination (equivalant to 2000 words)35 03, 04
One oral presentation of 3 minutes (equivalent to 400 words)15 03
Two 600-word written assignments and one oral presentation (equivalent to 1200 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04