Course Code


Course Name

Chinese Languages, Past and Present – Sound and Script


Wednesday 2:30-5:15pm


LEE SHAU KEE Architecture Building 212


GAO Yunwen

Teaching Assistant

HU Yijun

Course Description

This is an immersion course to introduce Chinese language, culture, and society to international students who are beginners of Chinese language studies. The course prepares beginners of Chinese language with a basic knowledge of Chinese language in terms of grammar, syntax, phonetics to facilitate language learning. More importantly, the course introduces Chinese language through an interactive and immersive learning experience, exploring social and cultural topics with the students. Topics covered in the class include: 1) cultural and historical background of the Chinese languages and society; 2) Chinese dialects and regional culture; 3) Chinese language and media; 4) Chinese language in daily conversation. No prior knowledge of Chinese is assumed or required.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Course Overview & Getting to Know China and Chinese Language

Week 2: Chinese Languages and Written Scripts

Week 3: Public Holiday

Week 4: Regional Languages and Cultural Diversity in China

Week 5: Module Test

Week 6: Chinese Newspaper and TV news

Week 7: Chinese Drama and Cinema I

Week 8: Chinese Drama and Cinema II

Week 9: Chinese Drama and Cinema III

Week 10: Skit Presentation

Week 11: Social Media in Contemporary China I

Week 12:Social Media in Contemporary China II

Week 13: Final Exam Review

Week 14: Final Exam

Week 15: Media Project 

Assessment & Assignments

Participation (50%)

Exams (40%)

Skit Presentation (5%)

Media Project (5%)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.