Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » GELH1001 / CHIN111 – Chinese Languages and Chinese Communities
Suggested Year of Study:1theme-1
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of Chinese Language and Literature



Course Description

This course explores the development and diversity of Chinese languages in Chinese communities from sociolinguistic and global perspectives. It engages with topics such as Chinese languages and local cultures, Chinese dialects, language education and policy, language interaction, language use and attitude, etc. The course includes major discussions on the development of Chinese languages in Macao. This is a discussion-oriented, student-centered course in which all students are expected to engage in class discussions and critical analysis of the reading materials. The language used in the classroom is Putonghua.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Raise their awareness of the significance of Chinese language as one of the global languages;
  2. Assess and critically evaluate the diversity, application, and function of Chinese language in Chinese communities all over the world, including Macau;
  3. Enhance their Chinese language proficiency by a deeper understanding of Chinese language and its latest development from a global perspective;
  4. Investigate languages, linguistic phenomena, and language data from scholarly and popular sources, including electronic (web) sources, video and audio sources, and printed sources.