CHINESE 100/100G : Beginning Modern Chinese 1


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Introduces students to modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin, Putonghua) through exercises and activities to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Also introduces the social and cultural background of the language.

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide basic written and spoken skills in modern standard Chinese and is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of the language, normally not higher than NCEA 1. It is delivered through three one-hour sessions per week on campus, blended with a comprehensive online component that introduces the basic concepts in Mandarin Chinese through popular multimodal materials. By the end of the course, students are expected to communicate orally in Mandarin Chinese on simple topics of everyday life, read simple texts written in Chinese characters, and write about 200 Chinese characters.

Course Requirements

Restriction: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Able to communicate orally in Chinese on simple topics of everyday life (Capability 4.1 and 4.2)
  2. Be able to read simple texts written in Chinese characters (Capability 1.1)
  3. Be able to write 200 Chinese characters by hand (Capability 4.1)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic cultural knowledge about contemporary Chinese people's daily life (Capability 3.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Homework 10% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
Portfolio 40% Individual Coursework
Test 40% Individual Coursework


This course can be taken as part of a Modern Language Module or the Language Teaching and Learning Module.

This course can be taken as part of the CertLang (Certificate of Languages) or DipLang (Diploma of Languages).

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on each 15 point course that they are enrolled in, including class time and personal study and assignment preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course is NOT available for students studying remotely, outside Auckland or offshore in 2023.

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.

The course will not include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials].

Attendance on campus is not required for the test.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

This course is not available for delivery to students studying remotely outside NZ in 2023.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

For the textbook of CHINESE100/100G, you may choose to buy a print copy from the Ubiq bookstore or an e-textbook from the publisher's website directly.

Integrated Chinese (Print)

The simplified version, Volume 1, Fourth Edition

Editor: Yuehua Liu and Tao-Chung Yao

Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company

Year of publication: 2017

Available at Ubiq bookstore

Integrated Chinese (Web App)

The simplified version, Volume 1

Basic Edition (for at least 6 months): Includes Textbook, streaming audio, video and additional interactive content Available at:

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Students were very satisfied with the new 1N blended course. Suggestions were given on providing more contact hours and workshops. I have no problem offering more workshops outside of the course timetable, but I cannot make GTAs do the same. Blended learning increases more workload for teachers. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 26/10/2022 10:30 a.m.