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Business Chinese Course for Beginners
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Learn Chinese in Sydney with Chinese classes at the University of Sydney. The Confucius Institute, China Studies Centre and the Centre of Continuing Education have combined our strength and resources to launch a new Chinese Mandarin language program that is designed for professionals and business people who have little or no Chinese language knowledge.

The Business Chinese Course will focus on building participants’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, expand their knowledge of Chinese culture and improve their cross-cultural communication skills.

Chinese sentence structure, grammar and Chinese characters will be introduced in the course. Pinyin as a pronunciation tool will be taught from the beginning of the class. Basic vocabulary and conversations frequently encountered in everyday life will be provided through typical everyday scenarios. Learners will acquire essential skills in using Chinese and be ready to go on to the next level of learning.

Course content

The Business Chinese Beginners Level course will cover the following language topics:

  • Course introduction
  • Chinese pronunciation and the five tones
  • Chinese sentence structure and grammar
  • Simplified Chinese characters and Pinyin Romanization system
  • Introduction of about 85 vocabulary items
  • Greetings and Introducing each other
  • Meeting family members
  • Inviting someone to lunch and dinner
  • Chinese numerals, dates and time
  • Talking about hobbies
  • Visiting friends

Topics on China and Chinese culture:

  • Geography, Climate, People
  • Ethnicities, Religion, Government
  • Chinese Culture & Business Etiquette
  • Cultural Differences & Sensitivities

Textbooks

The textbook is required for this course, while the Workbook and Character Workbook are recommended, but optional.

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Course Delivery

This is an interactive language course in which you will participate in group exercises and discussion.

Course suitable for

This course is suitable for professionals who have no prior knowledge of Chinese.

Enquiries

If you have additional enquiries about this course, please contact our Chinese language coordinator for specific advice.

What others say about the course:

Full marks to the presenter, June. She is ideal for this beginner course, very interactive, fluent in English and Chinese (of course). She connects well to the students and makes learning a new language a joyful experience. Thank you!