Chinese Courses for International Undergraduate Students

A. Chinese language courses for international undergraduate students

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* Alternative courses to fulfill the UG5 Chinese language enhancement requirements

These courses are intended primarily for full-time undergraduate students* and not open to auditors.
* Full-time undergraduate students include :
a) HKU full-time students who are exempt from taking a Practical Chinese language course offered by the Chinese Language Enhancement Programme (CLEP);
b) exchange/visiting students whose native language is not Mandarin, taking CHIN9501-08; and
c) exchange/visiting students whose native language is not Cantonese, taking CHIN9511-12.

To gain admission, students have to go through specific screening procedures. Students should (i) register through the SIS (Student Information System), (ii) submit the completed Statement of Current Level of Proficiency in Chinese Language in class, and (iii) take the placement test (if any) in the first lesson. (Note: Applications will not be considered unless the above procedures are completed.) Students will be placed into appropriate classes according to their language background and proficiency. The number of students for each sub-class is limited to 20 and will be allocated on the basis of academic benefit to students. Students should not enroll more than one course from the list of CHIN9501-9512 per semester. Any course with an enrollment of less than 8 will be cancelled after the add-drop period.

Undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts who have been exempted from the course “CART1001” are permitted to take the courses with the prefix CHIN, which have been approved by the Faculty Curriculum Development Committee for inclusion in the Arts curriculum.

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1. CHIN9501 Chinese as a Foreign Language I (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1501)

This course is for foreign students who DO NOT have previous knowledge of Chinese. It covers five main areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and typing which will require pinyin-word processing and actual writing of Chinese characters.

Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9501 Course Outline

2. CHIN9502 Chinese as a Foreign Language II (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1502)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9501 or who can demonstrate equivalent competence in the placement test. A greater emphasis will be placed on oral drills and listening comprehension. Upon the completion of the course, students should be able to write an essay of 300 characters.

Students will also be exposed to various aspects of Chinese culture and history in learning the origins of Chinese characters and idioms.

Prerequisite: CHIN9501 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9502 Course Outline

3. CHIN9503 Chinese as a Foreign Language III (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN2501)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9502 or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) Level 2. It aims to further develop students’ audio-lingual proficiency as well as raise their reading and writing ability. Students can use information obtained from the course to converse with Chinese people, and present speeches based on the assigned topics. Emphasis will be placed on everyday topics and common patterns so that students can experience communication in Chinese.

Prerequisite: CHIN9502 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9503 Course Outline

4. CHIN9504 Chinese as a Foreign Language IV (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN2502)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9503 or have attained an equivalent level of competency. It aims to develop the student’s overall language skills through reading and discussion of contemporary affairs. Students will not only distinguish the difference between written language and spoken language, but will also gain the ability to understand and speak Chinese in a variety of situations.

Prerequisite: CHIN9503 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9504 Course Outline

5. CHIN9505 Chinese as a Foreign Language V (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN3501)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9504 or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) Level 3. It aims to increase students’ communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating. It also provides in-depth study of Chinese culture and society. It familiarizes students with 150 core sentences, 450 new words, and 200 most frequently used Chinese characters in addition to 1400 Chinese characters acquired from previous levels.

Prerequisite: CHIN9504 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9505 Course Outline

6. CHIN9506 Chinese as a Foreign Language VI (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN3502)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9505 or have attained an equivalent level of competency. It aims to increase students’ communicative and linguistic competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating. It also provides in-depth study of Chinese culture and society. It familiarizes students with another 600 new words, 200 most frequently used Chinese characters, in addition to 1600 Chinese characters and 150 core sentences learnt. The course will be conducted mainly in Chinese.

Prerequisite: CHIN9505 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9506 Course Outline

7. CHIN9507 Chinese as a Foreign Language VII (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN4501/ CHIN3503)

This intensive course is for foreign learners who have completed CHIN9506 or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) level 4.  It aims to enhance students’ communicative competence, specifically targeting at speaking, reading and writing.  Students will be exposed to Chinese society and culture through a greater variety of topical presentations and discussions.  The course will teach 400 new characters and phrases on top of about 1800 characters accumulated in previous levels.  Students are required to write compositions of 750 or more characters.

Prerequisite: CHIN9506 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9507 Course Outline

8. CHIN9508 Chinese as a Foreign Language VIII (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN4502/ CHIN3504)

This intensive course is intended for foreign students who have completed the courses from CHIN9501 to CHIN9507, or have attained equivalent competence to Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK) Level 5.

This is an extensive course, which aims at enhancing students’ overall competence in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Students will be exposed to Chinese society and culture through a variety of selected reading materials from well-known Chinese modern writers’ works, newspapers and magazines, short stories and novels. In addition, students will write summaries of some of their reading assignments to enhance comprehension and strengthen writing ability. Students will also be asked to accurately and fluently expressing ideas in different topics in class. This course will also prepare for sentence structure analysis, punctuation usage, and fundamentals of rhetorical methods and classical Chinese.

Prerequisite: CHIN9507 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9508 Course Outline

9. CHIN9511 Cantonese as a Foreign Language I (6 credits) (old course title: CLDC0001/ CHIN1511)

This intensive course is intended for foreign learners who have no prior knowledge of Cantonese. The course introduces students to present-day Cantonese, with an emphasis on learning correct pronunciation through the Jyutping phonetic romanization transcription system and basic structure. It aims to develop fundamental oral communication skills through a variety of situational conversations in a highly interactive classroom.

Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9511 Course Outline

10. CHIN9512 Cantonese as a Foreign Language II (6 credits)

This intensive course is designed for international undergraduate students, exchange and visiting students (Non‐Heritage Learners) who have completed CHIN9511 or who can demonstrate equivalent competence in the placement test. It aims at strengthening students’ mastery of the phonetic romanization transcription, the Jyutping system, and at enhancing their competence in expressing themselves in the language. A greater emphasis will be placed on oral drills and listening comprehension. More practical sentence patterns and a large range of useful words and expressions related to various aspects of life will be introduced as well.

Prerequisite: CHIN9511 or equivalent
Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9512 Course Outline

11. CHIN9521 The Fundamentals of Chinese Characters (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1521)

This intensive course is intended for international students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. It is designed to introduce the origins and evolution of Chinese characters. The formation and the structure of Chinese characters will be emphasized to help students to break the puzzles of Chinese written form. This course also familiarizes students with the distinctive features of the Chinese characters as a means to introduce them to the unique characteristics of the Chinese language and culture. Students will be equipped with the writing skills to copy any Chinese characters in correct stroke-order and will be familiar with the commonly used components of combined characters after this course. The course will teach up to 220 Chinese characters and about 350 compound words. Students are taught how to use Chinese dictionaries in order to continue learning Chinese characters by themselves.

Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9521 Course Outline

12. CHIN9522 Exploration of Major Cultural Themes across Chinese History (6 credits) (old course title: CHIN1522)

A history and culture course that familiarizes students with China and its past, approached from non-traditional perspectives. The course introduces international students to Chinese history, schools of thoughts, cultural themes and achievements in Chinese civilization; highlights differences and similarities between Chinese and other cultures; stimulates students’ interest in deeper understanding of China, its people, its history and its culture in the global context.  Students are required to make presentations on assigned topics.

Assessment: 100% coursework

CHIN9522 Course Outline

last update: 2017/07/14