Centre for Continuing Education

Business Chinese Course 1011 (Beginners)

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If you want to learn to speak Chinese, our Chinese classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Chinese language and culture. Learn Chinese the smart way with Chinese courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

In partnership with the Confucius Institute
Offered in association with the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney. The Confucius Institute is based on a partnership with Fudan University, in collaboration with the Office of The Chinese Language Council International in China (Hanban). It is managed by the the Office of Global Engagement. The first to be established in New South Wales, the Institute has attracted thousands of people to its popular Chinese language and culture programs.

This Beginner’s course contains the same components as Chinese Mandarin 1011: Standard (Beginner’s). It also uses the same textbook Integrate Chinese and has the same language learning objectives. The only difference between the two courses is that this one contains two culture awareness sessions. These sessions are not only useful for professional and business people, but also valuable for anyone who is studying and interested in knowing more about China and culture.
We designed Business Chinese 1011 and Chinese Mandarin 1011 with the same components so students who have completed Business Chinese 1011 can also move up to Chinese Mandarin 1012.
It covers Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1, Lessons 1 to 2 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


  • Begins the first year of study and introduces 70 vocabulary items.
  • Covers the basics with simple, graded activities on essential topics such as greetings and family.
  • Covers topics on China and culture.
  • Introduces basic grammatical structures.
  • Positions pinyin text close to character text so students can focus on speaking and pronunciation.
  • Introduces the writing system of characters---hanzi, as a guide to literacy.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Master the Chinese phonetic system and read Chinese pinyin with correct pronunciation and tones.
  2. Discuss 70 vocabulary items and recognise around 80 Chinese characters.
  3. Exchange basic greetings in Chinese, introduce him/herself and others, ask and answer questions about personal details such as his/her name, last name, nationality, family members etc.
  4. Introduce his/her profession and ask about others' professions in Chinese.
  5. Employ basic Chinese kinship terms and describe a family photo in Chinese.
  6. Deliver a presentation introducing oneself and one’s family in Chinese both orally and in written form.
  7. Gain insight into Chinese culture and business etiquette.
  8. Learn about Chinese ethnicities, geography, climate, religion and government.
  9. Better cope with cultural difference and sensitivities.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Pronunciation and the five tones
  • Sentence structure and grammar
  • Simplified characters and Pinyin Romanisation system
  • Greeting and Introducing each other
  • Meeting family members
  • The verbs 姓 (xìng), 叫 (jiào), 是 (shì) and有 (yǒu)
  • The adverbs 不 (bù), 也 (yě), 都 (dōu)
  • The particles 的 (de)
  • Usage of 二 (èr)/两 (liǎng)
  • Questions ending with 吗 (ma) and 呢 (ne), questions pronouns
  • Measure words

It lso covers the following cultural topics related to China:

  • Geography, climate, people
  • Ethnicities, religion, government
  • Culture and business etiquette
  • Cultural differences & sensitivities

Delivery Style

Delivered in the form of an interactive workshop where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed Text

Both simplified and traditional character versions of the textbook and the two workbooks are available, however the simplified version will be taught in the classroom. Students can also opt for the electronic version of materials.

While the Textbook is required, the Workbook and Character Workbook are optional, but recommended.

In addition to purchasing online, students may also be able to source textbooks from our preferred textbook suppliers.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


  • $100 repeat class ($200 for intensive classes) - Conditions apply
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.

What others say.

  • Classes were very well organised and the tutor made it easy to learn.

  • Our tutor was highly experienced and brought great energy to the classes, making learning fun.

  • The instructor was great, a good pace for the class and course content was relevant for business.