Chinese for Heritage Speakers


Designed for students who have lived in a Mandarin-speaking environment, but who have limited ability to read and write in Mandarin. This course covers the basic vocabulary and grammatical structures of Modern Standard Chinese with a focus on reading and writing skills.

Is this the Chinese course for you?

Do you….

  • Speak Chinese at home, but haven’t been able to brush up your character reading and writing?
  • Feel quite comfortable speaking Chinese, but feel your reading and writing is not up to the same level?

If you....

  • Want to bridge the gap between your speaking/listening and reading/writing
  • Eventually become an advanced Chinese speaker and open up your job opportunities

This is the course for you!!

What is this course about?

This course covers the Romanisation, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar of Modern Standard Chinese at an accelerated pace, focusing on reading and writing skills. It systematically introduces the Chinese characters and words, so you can improve your reading and writing in an efficient way.

By the end of the course, you should be able to master 1,200 Chinese words and general Chinese grammatical structures. The aim is to be able to read and write a general text in Chinese.

What’s next?

With successful completion of the course, you can move on to CHINESE 302: Chinese for Semi-Natives B, which is an advanced-level Chinese course that polishes your reading and writing in various topics such as culture, arts, science and stories.

By completing both CHINESE 202 and 302, you can consider seeking a minor in Chinese (See the Calendar for the specific requirement). The courses can also be taken as a Certificate of Proficiency (COP).

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for CHINESE 202.

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

Not taught in 2023


Coordinator(s)  Margaret Lee


CHINESE 202: 15 points


Approval of Academic Head or nominee


CHINESE 100, 101, 110, 200, 201. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed