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Stage 1 Chinese (Background Speakers)

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Languages

Where does it lead?

This course enhances the understanding of Chinese culture and heritage by examining social issues in contemporary China. It will assist students making a transition into Australian culture which has a different style of learning. During the course, they will develop skills in thinking critically which is essential for completing their tertiary studies successfully. 


This course is designed for students with a Chinese cultural and linguistic background. Typically, students originate from, and have been educated in, a country where Chinese is the primary language spoken.

What is in the course?

This subject is organised around four prescribed themes, each explored through the examination of a number of contemporary issues. These are designed to help students understand the interdependence of language, culture and identity. The four prescribed themes are: China and the world, modernisation and social change; the overseas Chinese-speaking communities; language in use in contemporary China.

Through the exploration of these themes, students will be able to use Chinese language to exchange information, opinions and ideas, produce original texts, analyse, evaluate and respond to texts. By the end of the course they will also be able to understand aspects of the language and culture of Chinese-speaking communities.


  • Interaction
  • Text production
  • Text Analysis
  • Investigation
  • Examination


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