Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 102: Intensive

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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.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course continues on from Chinese Mandarin Course 101: Intensive (Beginners) and introduces around 200 vocabulary items. It covers Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Lessons 6 to 10 and is taught over four hours per week in two sessions. The content of this course is also available over two hours per week in one session by completing Chinese Mandarin 1021: Standard followed by Chinese Mandarin 1022: Standard.


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

  1. Discuss around 200 vocabulary items and recognise 220 characters.
  2. Make and answer phone calls and request a return phone call.
  3. Invite friends out and setup an appointment over the phone.
  4. Ask for a favor in a polite manner.
  5. Discuss one’s study habits and experience in learning Chinese vocabulary and grammar.
  6. Make comments on one’s performance, such as in character writing, singing, dancing etc.
  7. Describe their daily routine.
  8. Write a simple diary entry in proper format.
  9. Convey their modesty.
  10. Discuss the color, size and price of clothing and shoes.
  11. Recognise Chinese currency and count money in Chinese.
  12. Determine the proper change he/she should receive.
  13. Pay bills in cash or with a credit card.
  14. Return or exchange merchandise at a store.
  15. Speak about different means of transportation.
  16. Explain how to travel from one station to another.
  17. Express their gratitude after receiving a personal favor.
  18. Offer New Year’s wishes.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Making Appointments
  • Studying Chinese
  • School Life
  • Shopping
  • Transportation
  • Introduces 算了 (suàn le), 谁呀 (shéi ya), 是吗 (shì ma), 给 (gěi), 要 (yào)
  • Adverbs 太 (tài), 真 (zhēn), 就 (jiù) and 正在 (zhèngzài)
  • Time expressions, directional/descriptive compliments, 怎么 (zěnme) in questions, 能 (néng) and 会 (huì)
  • Sentence structures: 一边…一边… (yìbiān...yìbiān...); 除了…以外, 还…(chúle...yǐwài, hái…)
  • 或者 (huòzhě) and 还是 (háishi); 先 (xiān)…再 (zài)
  • 还是 (háishi)…(吧) (ba); 每 (měi)…都 (dōu); 要 (yào)…了 (le)

Intended Audience

Suitable for A1 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 1011 & 1012 or who have completed 40 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

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 versions of the Chinese course materials.

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

In addition to purchasing materials 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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Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

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.

What others say.

  • Great course – learned so much with the intensive approach and made a few friends, too!

  • The tutors were brilliant and had a great sense of humor. Also they would go to great lengths to help you understand.

  • The teachers are excellent, among the best you could find for these courses.

What others say.

  • It was wonderful to have another semester with two teachers that care about their students and are so dedicated and passionate about what they do.