Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1012: Standard

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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)

This course overs Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1, Lessons 3 to 5 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week. The content of this course and Chinese Mandarin 1011: Standard (Beginners) is available over four hours per week in two sessions by completing Chinese Mandarin 101: Intensive (Beginners).


This course aims to:

  • introduce 108 vocabulary items
  • cover the basics with simple, graded activities on essential topics such as dates and time, hobbies and shopping
  • introduce essential grammatical structures
  • concentrate on the four skills of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing.


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

  • discuss 108 vocabulary items and recognise around 145 Chinese characters
  • tell and speak about time and dates, talk about their age and birthday
  • invite someone to dinner and arrange a dinner date
  • say and write the terms for basic personal hobbies, ask about someone’s hobbies
  • ask friends out to see a movie, set up plans for the weekend
  • introduce one person to another
  • compliment someone on their house
  • ask for beverages as a guest at someone else’s place, offer beverages to a visitor
  • briefly describe a visit to a friends' place
  • deliver a presentation introducing yourself – date of birth, family members, hobbies, and favourite food and drinks in Chinese, both orally and in written form.


This course covers the following topics:

  • dates and times – taking someone out to eat on his/her birthday and inviting someone to dinner
  • discussing hobbies, eg would you like to play ball?
  • visiting friends – visiting a friend’s home and at a friend’s house
  • the adverbs还 (hái) and 才 (cái)
  • the particles吧 (ba) and 了 (le)
  • the conjunction 那么 (nàme)
  • the modal verb 想 (xiǎng)
  • the preposition 在 (zài)
  • numbers (0, 1–100)
  • dates and time
  • word order
  • alternative questions, affirmative + negative (A-not-A) questions, questions with 好吗 (hǎo ma)
  • 去 (qù) + action
  • verb + object as a detachable compound
  • 一下 (yí xià) and 一点儿 (yì diǎnr) moderating the tone of voice
  • adjectives as predicates.

Intended audience

Suitable for A1 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 101 or who have completed 20 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. You can also opt for the electronic versions of the materials.

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

In addition to purchasing 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.

What others say.

  • Course very well structured, very beneficial for those wanting to learn Chinese for practical everyday use. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn Chinese language and culture.

  • Definitely recommend this tutor. The depth of knowledge and explanations are what made the course worthwhile.

  • Our tutor was a dedicated and committed teacher of Chinese Mandarin. Always prepared for lessons, inclusive of all students and encouraged class participation.

  • I really liked my tutor who was very approachable, friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable.

  • Very happy with the course and particularly our tutor, whose support, patience and encouragement made this a wonderful learning experience.

  • We had an excellent teacher, whose manner and method were impeccable.

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