Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VII

Spring 2021 (3 credits)

Co-ordinator: Dr. Emma Rao
Dr. Emma Rao

Students who would like to enroll in this course should refer to the Guidelines for Chinese Course Selection. For enquiries, please email

Course Description

This course follows on from LANG 1125 (Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VI), designed for UST undergraduates of non-Chinese speaking backgrounds, and exchange students from overseas, who have already learned Chinese for six our semesters or about 300 hours. Students who wish to take this course must satisfy the prerequisite of LANG 1125 or equivalent to LANG 1125.
Building on LANG1125, the course aims:

  • to further enhance students’ confidence and competence in Chinese communication through practice with particular emphasis on both oral and written communications involving demanding language structures, functions, and situations, and more advanced and comprehensive listening, speaking, reading and writing skills training;
  • to help them further develop listening and speaking skills for communicating in Putonghua for social, cultural, and professional purposes through a range of learning activities; and
  • to further enhance their reading and writing skills through different learning tasks and activities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand a dialogue on a city description
  • understand experiences and feelings of young people’s urban life
  • understand dialogues and phrases regarding geographical environment, natural resources, economic development and cultural customs
  • understand the introduction of tourism cities
  • describe the geographical location, population, area and history of a city
  • describe the characteristics of a city
  • discuss an ideal urban life of modern young people
  • distinguish stylistic characteristics of spoken Language in formal and informal situations
  • critically think and discuss on a national development and its environmental cost
  • voice personal opinions and list supporting reasons
  • introduce different tourism cities and recommend itineraries to tourists
  • understand articles on a city characteristics and urban cultural life
  • understand articles on economic development and its environmental and humane cost
  • distinguish spoken and written styles
  • grasp the words related to in-depth tours
  • identify key information from a tourism essay
  • write an essay about China to share your views with the UST community after a city tour in the Mainland
  • write an online introduction to the most visited cities in the world

Course Contents & Schedule

Week Unit Content
1 Unit 1: City Perspective
  • Introduce the characteristics of the modern cities in China
  • Understand and exchange views on metropolitan life among young people
  • Interview the Mainland students at UST to know more about their learning and living experience in Hong Kong
  • Explain the cultural differences between hometown and China’s urban areas
  • Narrate the urban life pursued by modern young people
  • 2-5
    6 Assessment One
    7-8 Unit 2: China Focus
  • Introduce China’s geographical environment, natural resources, crops and folk culture
  • Discuss the natural environment and humane cost behind the rapid development of China’s economy
  • Comment on social problems caused by China’s economic development
  • 9 Assessment Two
    10-12 Unit 3: World Tour
  • Introduce in-depth tours
  • Describe the natural and human landscapes of an area
  • Explain the needs of the different target tourists
  • Master the linguistic features and writing methods of expository texts
  • 13 Assessment Three

    For more course materials, please visit the link below:

    Course Assessment

    Assessment Content Percentage
    Assessment One Individual Oral Presentation
    The Most Livable City
    Assessment Two A Learning Task (In class)
    (readings/vocabs & grammar)
    Written Assignments:
    China in My Eyes


    Assessment Three Individual Oral Presentation
    Introduce the world famous landscapes
    Written Assignments:
    Tourism Product



    Participation Listening & written exercises
    /performance in class/attendance

    Learning resources

    Free Chinese learning Apps


    Study in China

    Beijing 北京

    Beijing Language and Culture University, 北京语言大学
    Beijinga Foreign Studies University, 北京外国语大学
    Peking University, 北京大学

    Shanghai 上海

    Shanghai International Studies University, 上海外国语大学
    Fudan University, 复旦大学
    Shanghai Jiaotong University, 上海交通大学

    Guangzhou 广州

    Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学)
    Jinan University (暨南大学)

    Travel in China

    China Travel Guide and Top Travel Destinations


    Students are expected to attend classes, and attendance will be taken. There is no need for students to provide any written documentation in case of your absence. Any student who is absent for 20% of total classroom contact hours will receive a fail grade (The attendance of add/drop period also count). Being late consistently will also negatively affect the final grade.


    Co-ordinator: Emma Rao
    Instructors: Emma Rao