Credit points: 15

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, travel arrangements, banquets, shopping, greetings and phone calls. The focus is on the acquisition of oral skills together with an understanding of the cultural background 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.

FacultyFaculty 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: CHI1o06, CHI2o06, CHI3o06, CHI1ADB, CHI1AD2, CHI2AD2, CHI3AD2, CHI2BEB, CHI1BE4, CHI2BE4, CHI3BE4, CHI1DSB, CHI1DS2, CHI2DS2, CHI3DS2 or co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects CHI1PPA, CHI3PPA, CHI2PPA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBao-Qiang Gao

Class requirements

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.

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.


Assessment elementComments%
Class exercises and activities (equivalent to 400 words)10
One 2-hour written end-of-semester examination (equivalant to 2000 words)50
One oral and aural test (Chinese) of 3 minutes (equivalent to 400 words)10
Two 400-word written assignments and one oral presentation (equivalent to 400 words)30