Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 102: Intensive

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

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)

Join us for this Intensive Chinese Mandarin course. Designed for enthusiastic learners, this course continues on from Chinese Mandarin Course 101: Intensive. It covers lessons 6 to 10 of the prescribed textbook Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 2, and is taught over two weekly, two-hour sessions.

Content from this course is also available over ten weekly sessions of two hours by completing Chinese Mandarin 1021: Standard followed by Chinese Mandarin 1022: Standard.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss around 200 vocabulary items and recognise 220 characters
  • make and answer phone calls, and request a return phone call
  • invite friends out and setup an appointment over the phone
  • ask for a favor in a polite manner
  • discuss one’s study habits and experience in learning Chinese vocabulary and grammar
  • make comments on one’s performance, such as in character writing, singing, dancing etc.
  • describe your daily routine
  • write a simple diary entry in proper format
  • convey your modesty
  • discuss the color, size and price of clothing and shoes
  • recognise Chinese currency and count money in Chinese
  • determine the proper change you should receive
  • pay bills with cash or credit card
  • return or exchange merchandise at a store
  • speak about different means of transportation
  • explain how to travel from one station to another
  • express your gratitude after receiving a personal favor
  • 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 those who have completed 40 hours of recent 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. You can also opt for the electronic versions of the course materials.

While the textbook is required, the workbook and character workbook are optional but recommended.

In addition to purchasing materials online, you 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 five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


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 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
  • Central location

Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

Chinese Mandarin Course 102: Intensive

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What others say.

  • Great course - learned so much with the intensive approach and made a few friends, too!
  • The teachers are excellent, among the best you could find for these courses.
  • 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.
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