Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1041: Standard

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. 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 A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers Integrated Chinese, Volume 2, Lessons 16 to 17, and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


This course aims to:

  • introduce 70 vocabulary items
  • cover topics such as talking about dating and renting an apartment
  • continue to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending your communicative competence through various activities
  • provide you with a solid foundation in language and culture, necessary for further studies at the intermediate and advanced levels.


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

  • discuss around 70 vocabulary items and recognise around 70 Chinese characters
  • invite someone to go on a date
  • set up an outing with friends
  • accept or decline an invitation politely
  • describe your current and ideal home, including furniture
  • speak about living arrangements and their suitability
  • talk about your exercise habits and opinion of different sports.


  • Dating – seeing a movie and turning down an invitation
  • Renting an apartment – finding a better place and calling to enquire about an apartment for rent
  • The adverb 就 (jiù)
  • 多 (duō) indicating an approximate number
  • Question pronouns with都 / 也 (dōu / yě)
  • Verb + 了 (le) + numeral + measure word + noun +了 (le)
  • Continuously descriptive complements, potential complements, directional complements, potential complements with verb + 不下 (bù xià)
  • 连…都 / 也 (lián…dōu / yě)

Intended audience

Suitable for A2 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 1032 or who have completed 120 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 version of materials.

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

All textbooks are available in 3rd and 4th editions. If you already own a 3rd edition copy, you’re welcome to use it. If not, please purchase the 4th edition.

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

Suggested textbook supplier


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.

What others say.

  • Best Chinese course in Sydney!

  • All good. I really liked our teacher who was knowledgeable and has a good sense of humour, reminding us to stay focused.

  • We had a great teacher who is dynamic and motivates the students.

  • Commendations to a great and devoted teacher who was passionate to enhance the students mastery of Mandarin. Brilliant and Awesome.

Chinese Mandarin Course 1041: Standard

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What others say.

  • Commendations to a great and devoted teacher who was passionate to enhance the students mastery of Mandarin. Brilliant and Awesome.
  • We had a great teacher who is dynamic and motivates the students.
  • Best Chinese course in Sydney!
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