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Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Chinese

The Language Placement Questionnaire is a series of questions designed to ensure students who wish to enrol to Chinese courses are placed in classes that are most appropriate to their level of language knowledge.

The following are frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the Chinese placement questionnaire. Please read the information carefully before commencing the questionnaire.

BEGIN ONLINE PLACEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Who needs to complete the Placement Questionnaire?

The Language Placement Questionnaire is a series of questions designed to ensure students who wish to enrol to Chinese courses for the first time at UNSW are placed in classes that are most appropriate to their level of language knowledge.

Why do I need to complete the Placement Questionnaire?

Our experience shows students lose interest and may discontinue/fail a course when the course is too easy or difficult. Therefore, it is important students are placed in courses most appropriate to their level of language knowledge. The information collected from the questionnaire will enable us to make course recommendations that best suit your learning needs and language knowledge.

When should I submit the questionnaire?

Received questionnaires are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in your best interest to submit the questionnaire as soon as possible. The placement questionnaire will be available when enrolment for semester 1, 2018 opens on 11 October, 2017.

How do I submit the questionnaire?

It is submitted online. Once all fields in the questionnaire are completed click the “Submit” button at the end of the questionnaire.

How do I know which Chinese language courses are appropriate for my level of knowledge?

Listed below are criteria for four different entry levels in Chinese language courses. You can indicate your preference for a course but must back up your preference with solid reasons/evidence

ARTS1450 Introductory Chinese for Non-Background Speakers A

  • if you are a non-background speaker of Chinese and know (read and write) zero or less then 50 Chinese characters.
  • There is NO Language Placement required for this entry level course

ARTS1452 Introductory Chinese for Background Speakers A

  • if you are a background speaker of Chinese and know (read and write) zero or less then 50 Chinese characters
  • There is NO Language Placement required for this entry level course

ARTS2450 Intermediate Chinese for Non-Background Speakers A

  • if you are a non-background speaker and your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS1451 Introductory Chinese for Non-Background Speakers B; or
  • if you are a non-background speaker and you have passed HSC Chinese Continuers test but no higher level Chinese test

ARTS2461 Intermediate Chinese for Background Speakers A

  • if you are a background speaker and your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS1453 Introductory Chinese for Background Speakers B; or
  • if you are a background speaker and you have passed HSC Chinese Continuers test but no higher level Chinese test

ARTS3450 Advanced Chinese A

  • if your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS2451 Intermediate Chinese for Non-Background Speakers B or ARTS2461 for Background Speakers B; OR:
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Extension test but no higher level Chinese test

ARTS3452 Professional Chinese A

  • if you have just completed ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese B but have not undertaken any further study of Chinese of language; or:
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Heritage Program test

Professional Elective (i.e. ARTS2452 Chinese English Translation; ARTS3455 Contemporary Chinese Literature)

  • if you have completed ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese B, you are encouraged to enroll in these Professional Elective, NO placement is required.
  • if you have completed ARTS3452 Professional Chinese A; NO placement is required.
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Background Class test;
  • if you are an international student from a Chinese speaking region, or if you are a native Chinese speaker educated with Chinese language.

Can I change the information after I have submitted the questionnaire?

Please make sure your information is correct and complete before submitting the questionnaire, any changes made to the questionnaire after it is submitted may result in delays in processing.

Can I submit more than one questionnaire?

No. Students can submit one questionnaire ONLY.

What courses are offered in Chinese in Semester 1, 2018?

Please check the Online Handbook 

Note: To meet the learning needs of students with different language backgrounds, in our Level 1 and Level 2 Chinese courses, ARTS1450/ARTS2450 are for non-background speakers and ARTS1452/ARTS2461 are for background speakers. ARTS3450 Advanced Chinese A is split within the course, with one tutorial for non-background students and 1 tutorial for background students. 

What is the difference between non-background speakers and background speakers groups?

If you have grown up in a family or environment where Chinese (Mandarin or any dialect e.g. Cantonese) is used in daily life AND you can more or less understand spoken Chinese (Madarin or any dialect e.g. Cantonese), even if you cannot manage to engage in very basic conversations in Chinese, you are identified as a background speaker.

When will I know which course(s) to enrol to after submitting the placement questionnaire?

An email will be sent to your University email account notifying you your starting course(s). Further enrolment instructions will be included in the email. It is imperative that you check your University email for any email correspondence that the School sent you.

If you do not receive any notification to your university email after 7 working days, please email hal@unsw.edu.au quoting your name and student number.

What is the latest date for me to submit the questionnaire?

You should submit the questionnaire no later than Friday 22 February, 2018. However the sooner you complete the questionnaire the sooner you can finalise your enrolment and ensure you are enrolled in the most convenient class times.

What should I do if I wish to make enquirers after 22 February 2018?

Please contact  Jon von Kowallis, discipline coordinator in Chinese Studies, for enquiries.

Contact details of Associate Professor Jon von Kowallis are:

Office: Morven Brown Building, Room 239 (Kensington campus)
Tel.: 9385 1020
Email: j.kowallis@unsw.edu.au 

Can I enrol to Chinese courses if I am from another Faculty or School?

Students who wish to undertake language courses to fulfil elective course requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirement of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

What happens if I am placed in a class that is not appropriate to my language level?

BEFORE the semester starts: If you feel that the course that you are placed in is not appropriate for your language level and wish to change to a higher/lower level course, you may contact A/Prof Yi Zheng: yi.zheng3@unsw.edu.au You will then be notified by the School Admin office of the decision.

AFTER the semester starts: If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending the course in the first week or two of the semester and wish to change to a higher/lower level course, you should seek the advice of the course convenor/lecturer of the course you were placed and currently enrolled in.

Where can I get further information?

For further general enquiries, please contact:

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

For more specific academic advice please contact:

A/Prof Yi Zheng
Room 253, Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campas
Email: yi.zheng3@unsw.edu.au
Phone: 9385 1730