All students are required to complete 100 points in the program, the equivalent of a major, through the following progression sequence. The Language program is based on proficiency so each student must meet the requirements of each level before they can proceed to the next level:
- 25 points (2 subjects) of level 1
- 37.50 points (3 subjects) of level 2
- 37.50 points (3 subjects) of level 3
Please note: Undergraduate students completing Chinese entry point 1 (beginners) require 125 points of study, therefore it is not possible to complete the equivalent of a Chinese major through the D-Lang, students are required to take the further 25 points (2 subjects) within their bachelor’s program pending on capacity and course requirements.
French and Chinese are not the only languages available for study in the Diploma of Languages, to view other language study plans please visit the Handbook.
French 1 entry point - 3 years part time
This subject offers students an introduction to the study of language and culture in the French Studies discipline. The subject is designed to equip students who have little or no previous study of the French language with the skills necessary to become independent language learners, and to develop awareness and understanding of French-speaking cultures throughout the world. While developing mastery of the basic grammatical structures of the language, students will begin interpreting and discussing authentic documents in French, including short written texts, for example poems and proverbs, and audiovisual material such as songs and advertisements. Class work and assessment will focus on ...
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This subject offers students who have completed French 1, or equivalent, an increasing immersion into the study of the French language and of French-speaking cultures throughout the world. Students will develop further autonomy in their study of more sophisticated grammatical structures of the language and in their interpretation of the cultural reference of authentic texts. These documents will be of greater complexity in relation to the previous semester’s work and will include written texts, for example poems and proverbs, and audio-visual material such as songs and a feature film. Students will undertake a research project on an aspect of French-speaking cultures, and will produce wri...
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|Intensive French 3 and 4Compulsory||25|
Intensive French 3 and 4
Intensive French 3 and 4 is designed to provide students with a systematic revision and consolidation of the essential structures of French. Classes will present grammar, syntax and vocabulary in meaningful situations. The subject also stresses the productive aspect of language use in practical situations, while extending grammatical and lexical knowledge and refining oral skills. Listening skills are also developed by use of authentic documents. Students will also spend time in private study working on written and oral exercises and using online resources. On completion of the subject students should be able to sustain conversations and express opinions on topics of general interest, hav...
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|French Cultural StudiesCompulsory||12.5|
French Cultural Studies
This subject aims to help students transfer their adult reading skills from their native language to French, in order to be able to use French written sources for the same purpose as they use written sources in their own language. These purposes may be reading for information, reading for specialised study (literature, history, philosophy), reading for pleasure. This subject aims first and foremost to enable students to develop effective and appropriate reading strategies such that they become independent and successful readers.
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What does it mean to be French in the 21st century? Why should this question be asked? The program will explore the controversies concerning French unity that are currently taking place in France, not only in political terms but primarily as a conception of language and culture. The background to these controversies will also be explored by looking into contemporary debates and what feeds into them from the recent past. To this end, the subject will draw on a range of material from popular culture such as songs, advertisements, news articles, comics, TV shows, sport as well as French cinema and literature to explore and analyse the way in which this identity has been negotiated by individ...
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|New Caledonia in the 21st CenturyElective||12.5|
New Caledonia in the 21st Century
This course, which includes an intensive in-country component, will explore the history, politics and socio-cultural context of New Caledonia as it transitions towards possible independence from France through a series of referenda between 2014 and 2018. This will be achieved by examining the events which have led to this transition, including the independence movements in the 1970s and 80s and the Matignon and Nouméa agreements. The central theme of the course is the “common destiny” of the various peoples of New Caledonia; this theme will be examined through a series of lectures and workshops prior to departure, and a diverse program of activities on site in New Caledonia, including a v...
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This subject offers high-level French students a course in advanced conversation structure and analysis. It will build on the linguistic and cultural competences acquired in previous levels to develop greater awareness of how the historical, intercultural, political and social aspects of language impact on oral communication in French. The program will focus on two main areas of conversation: the refinement of conversation as an expression of elegance, intelligence and “esprit” during the Ancien Régime and the political dimensions of contemporary conversation and debate. It will include material on significant cultural taboos and the historical underpinnings of sensitive topics, as well a...
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Chinese 1 entry point - 3 years part time
Students will develop their ability to communicate and understand in simple Chinese by engaging with the following key cultural situations in Chinese society such as situations relating to the use of names, family relationships, social exchanges which deploy different forms of address, and engaging with physical spaces and geography, and temporal systems. Student expertise in the employment of both linguistic and cultural resources is developed through reading short Chinese texts addressing each of these cultural situations, acquitting the literacies associated with these situations. The study of Chinese texts is supported by additional materials introducing the cultural topics. The texts...
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Students will further develop their ability to communicate and understand in simple Chinese by engaging with the key cultural situations in Chinese society including the norms and customs affecting interactions everyday life. Student expertise in the employment of both linguistic and cultural resources is further developed through reading short Chinese texts addressing each of the cultural situations, acquitting the literacies associated with these situations. The study of Chinese texts is supported by additional materials introducing the cultural topics. The texts’ study is also supplemented by students’ oral presentations, role plays and engaging in group discussions, as well as their c...
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This is a post-elementary subject in Chinese. By the end of this subject students should know 750 Chinese characters and should have a good grasp of basic grammatical structures as well as furthering their knowledge of Chinese cultural practices.
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|Chinese in Context 1Compulsory||12.5|
Chinese in Context 1
This is an intermediate subject for students of non-Chinese background who are taking Chinese major starting from Chinese 1. The subject is designed to consolidate and extend students' oral and listening skills while building on and expanding the grammatical knowledge and vocabulary introduced in their previous courses. Students will develop their ability to communicate in Chinese at an intermediate level and their skills of the Chinese language through engaging with a range of topics associated with contemporary Chinese society and culture. Students will enhance their linguistic competence through reading Chinese texts, writing and presenting short opinion pieces on selected current soci...
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Chinese 4 is a post-elementary subject, a continuation of Chinese 3. It continues to focus on the understanding and use of the Chinese language, with emphasis on selected vocabulary, complex sentences and basic grammatical structures. By the end of this subject students should have mastered the basic grammatical structures of Modern Chinese and have a vocabulary of approximately 1000 characters. Students should have sufficient listening and speaking skills to cope with everyday situations in China. They should have basic knowledge of using Chinese language in Chinese cultural situations through practical activities. In the course of building up their linguistic competence, students will c...
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This subject is designed for students of non-Chinese speaking background who have completed Chinese 3 and Chinese 4 (previously offered as Chinese 2A and 2B), or equivalent. Students will build on the knowledge gained through their previous studies and broaden their reading, listening comprehension and speaking skills. Students will develop their ability to communicate in Chinese at a beginning-advanced level and their analytical skills of the Chinese language through engaging with a range of topics concerning contemporary Chinese society and culture. Their linguistic competence will be enhanced through exposure to Chinese materials dealing with a variety of socio-cultural situations, wri...
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|Modern Chinese LiteratureElective||12.5|
Modern Chinese Literature
This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will be encouraged to use digital technologies to facilitate reading comprehension in Chinese. By the end of the subject students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major developments in modern Chinese literature since the Literary Revolution and of popular literature in Contemporary China. They should significantly improve their skills in reading comprehension and cultural analysis of Chinese texts.
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This subject is a continuation of Chinese 5. It is designed for students of non-Chinese speaking background who have completed Chinese 5 (previously offered as Chinese 3A), or equivalent. Students will build on the knowledge gained through their previous studies and broaden their reading, listening comprehension, speaking and writing skills. Students will develop their ability to communicate in Chinese at a beginning-advanced level and their analytical skills of the Chinese language through engaging with a range of topics concerning contemporary Chinese society and culture. Their linguistic competence will be further enhanced through exposure to Chinese materials dealing with a variety of...
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