Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1022: 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 covers Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Lessons 7/8 to 10, and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week. This course and Chinese Mandarin Course 1021: Standard is also available by completing Chinese Mandarin Course 102: Intensive.


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

  • discuss around 100 vocabulary items and recognise around 110 Chinese characters
  • write a properly formatted letter
  • convey your modesty
  • Invite friends out
  • discuss the colour, size and price of clothing or shoes
  • recognise Chinese currency, count money and decide on the correct change
  • return or exchange merchandise at a store
  • speak about different means of transportation
  • Give directions
  • thank someone for their help
  • provide New Year’s wishes.


This content is combined with Chinese Mandarin Course 1021: Standard:

  • 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 1021 or who have completed 60 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 version of materials.

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

All books 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.

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.

  • Well structured & presented. Not just classroom type lessons but also covered colloquial language usable in social environments.

  • A most wonderful and rewarding learning experience. The tutor was patient, supportive and engaging which made the course fun and enjoyable.

  • I thought my tutor this term was really good and I appreciated the teaching style. The tutor explained the grammar points really well and was patient and encouraging making the lessons fun, engaging and interactive using a variety media and shared other useful online content with us.

  • Our tutor has been an exceptionally good tutor these past two terms. The combination of linguistics knowledge and Chinese knowledge really brings the teaching alive, and there’s never a question that hasn’t been able to be expertly answered – definitely the best teacher of the year.

Chinese Mandarin Course 1022: Standard

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What others say.

  • Our teacher was very experienced and enthusiastic in sharing knowledge and cultural experiences from China. Learning Chinese in a small class gave us the opportunity and confidence to practice with each other.
  • A wonderful and enthusiastic teacher, who makes class fun and energetic. The course material was interesting and the pace was good!
  • A most wonderful and rewarding learning experience. The tutor was patient, supportive and engaging which made the course fun and enjoyable.
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