Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1041: Standard

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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 A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 2, Lessons 16 to 17 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


  • Introduces 70 vocabulary items.
  • Covers more topics such as talking about dating, renting an apartment.
  • Continues to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending students' communicative competence through various activities.
  • Provide students with a solid foundation in language and culture which is necessary for further studies to intermediate and advanced.


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

  1. Discuss around 70 vocabulary items and recognise around 70 Chinese characters.
  2. Invite someone to go on a date.
  3. Set up an outing with friends.
  4. Accept or decline an invitation politely.
  5. Describe their current and ideal home, including furniture.
  6. Speak about living arrangements and their suitability.
  7. Talk about their exercise habits and opinions of different sports.


This course covers the following topics:

  • 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 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 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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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.

  • 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.

  • An excellent teacher, patient and well prepared, and with excellent knowledge of Chinese and English.
  • We had a great teacher who is dynamic and motivates the students.