Faculty of Arts


Beginning Modern Chinese 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for CHINESE 100.


This course is designed to provide basic written and spoken skills in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin, Putonghua, Guoyu, Hanyu, Huayu) and is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of the language or whose study of Chinese is very limited, normally not higher than NCEA 1. This course gradually and systematically introduces characters and grammar points with four-days-a-week tutorials to ensure the best learning results. By the end of the course, students are expected to communicate orally in Chinese on simple topics of everyday life, to read simple texts written in Chinese characters and to write about 180 Chinese characters.

CHINESE 100 is concurrently taught with CHINESE 100G. Students who intend to take CHINESE 101 are not allowed to take CHINESE 100G. CHINESE 100G is offered in Summer Semester and Semester 1.

Important information

Students must complete the Language Ability Declaration and may be called for an interview and a placement test. Failure to complete the Language Ability Declaration will result in deletion of the enrolment.

Due to the high number of contact hours required for this course any change to enrolment will only be permitted until end of day March 3rd, the first Friday of Semester 1, 2017.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2017

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Karen Huang


Fundamental Spoken Chinese 

Fundamental Written Chinese

The sound files of the prescribed texts are available from the following websites:




Coursework + exam


CHINESE 100: 15.0 points


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

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