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CHN 340 – HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Hui Ling Xu
Tutor
Lingyun Yan
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
CHN233
Corequisites Corequisites
CHN320
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit prepares students to take the intermediate level of the HSK Chinese Proficiency Test, an internationally recognised test of proficiency in Chinese. Students will also be introduced to various reading materials.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  2. To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  3. To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  4. To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  5. To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

General Assessment Information

Indicative examples of assessment tasks will be available on iLearn.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Participation and self-study 5% No Throughout the semester
Oral presentation 20% Week 10
Mid-term Test 30% In class during week 7
End of Semster Test 35% In class during week 13
Listening Test 10% week 7

Participation and self-study

Due: Throughout the semester
Weighting: 5%

Class discussion and participation is compulsory. Both the quality and the quantity of participation will be assessed.

Students will also be assessed on attendance under this heading, as well as on their ongoing commitment to self-study.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Oral presentation

Due: Week 10
Weighting: 20%

Students will give an oral presentation on a pre-determined topic.

Marking criteria will be posted on iLearn.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Mid-term Test

Due: In class during week 7
Weighting: 30%

Two-hour test at HSK 4 level (listening,including reading and writing).


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

End of Semster Test

Due: In class during week 13
Weighting: 35%

Two-hour test at HSK 5 level (including listening, reading and writing).


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Listening Test

Due: week 7
Weighting: 10%

Half an hour in class listening test.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.

Delivery and Resources

Day

This unit will use:

iLearn, interactive whiteboard

Required and recommended resources

  • Official site: http://www.hsk.org.cn/Index_E.aspx
  • Class notes for sample tests will be distributed in class.
  • HSK word lists: http://www.hskhsk.com/word-lists.html
  • Skritter: http://www.skritter.com/ - iPhone app, Android app, website
  • Note the HSK course at http://www.memrise.com/.
  • HSK iPhone app: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/hsk-test/id382098899?mt=8
  • Chinese language-learning smartphone apps: Pleco, HanZi Reader, ...
  • HSK Word List poster: http://giammy.com/hsk/

 

Unit Schedule

This schedule outlines how we will progress through the HSK levels and what areas we will emphasise each week. Each seminar will involve a range of activities.

Week 1 (02/03) 

Introduction

Quantifiers

Exercises 

 

Week 2 (09/03) 

Adverbs  

Exercises 

 

Week 3 (16/03) 

Prepositions 

Exercises 

 

Week 4 (23/03) 

Conjunctions

Relative Phrases and Complex Sentences 

Exercises 

 

Week 5 (30/03) 

Particles 

Exercises 

 

Week 6 (06/04) 

Optative Verbs 

Exercises 

 

Week 7 (13/04) 

Mid-semester Test

 

 

Mid-semester break (20/04 & 27/04)

No class

 

Week 8 (04/05) 

Review of test 

Reduplications

Exercises 

 

Week 9 (11/05) 

Common Sentence Patterns 

Exercises 

 

Week 10 (18/05) 

Listening Test 

Oral Presentation  

 

Week 11 (25/05) 

Complements 

Exercises 

 

Week 12 (01/06) 

Word Orders

Exercises 

 

Week 13 (08/06) 

Final Exam 

 

 

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test
  • Listening Test

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test
  • Listening Test

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To master 1000-1200 Chinese characters (as required for HSK Level 5); master basic aspects of Chinese grammar; read simple passages in journalistic Chinese; and understand some common Chinese idioms and proverbs.
  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.
  • To be able to write and deliver a lengthy speech in Chinese; and produce complex and well-connected sentences on familiar topics.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test
  • Listening Test

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • To be able to comprehend long sentences and dialogues in Chinese, including from the Chinese media.
  • To be able to express ideas in Chinese clearly in written form and organise written work in a logical and systematic fashion.
  • To be able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers; communicate in Chinese in a professional way; understand information communicated in Chinese; and express personal opinions and discuss cultural differences.

Assessment tasks

  • Participation and self-study
  • Oral presentation
  • Mid-term Test
  • End of Semster Test
  • Listening Test

Late assignment policy

Assignments are compulsory and must be submitted on time. As a general rule, extensions will not be granted without a valid and documented reason (e.g. medical certificate). Late submissions will be penalised by 5% for each day (including weekends) the assignment task is late. No assignments will be accepted after assignments have been corrected and feedback has been provided. Assignment tasks handed in early will not be marked and returned before the due date.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
03/03/2017 update weekly schedule