Beginning Modern Chinese 1


Introduces students to modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin, Putonghua ) through exercises and activities to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Also introduces the social and cultural background of the language.

This course is designed to provide basic written and spoken skills in modern standard Chinese and is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of the language, normally not higher than NCEA 1.  If you are unsure, please check Which Chinese language course should I enrol in?

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for CHINESE 100.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Danping Wang


Integrated Chinese (Volume 1), Textbook (4th ed.), Yuehua Liu and Tao-chung Yao, et al. Boston: Cheng & Tsui Company. 2017.

Web app


Coursework + exam


CHINESE 100: 15 points


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