Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1032: 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 13 to 15, and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week. This course and Chinese Mandarin Course 1031: Standard is also available by completing Chinese Mandarin Course 103: Intensive.


This course aims to:

  • introduce 118 vocabulary items
  • cover more topics such as talking about birthday parties, asking directions and seeing a doctor
  • concentrate on all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • expand your vocabulary and study more complex linguistic structures to enhance your confidence in communicating
  • deepen your understanding of culture and society.


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

  • discuss 118 vocabulary items and recognise around 130 Chinese characters
  • employ words of directions, sense organs, simple diseases
  • ask for and give directions in Chinese, and identify locations by using landmarks as references
  • describe whether two places are close or far from one another
  • ask someone to do something with you such as going to a party, hospital etc.
  • give a simple description of a person’s facial features
  • offer someone a ride, and arrange a time and place to meet
  • discuss birth dates and the Chinese zodiac sign
  • describe basic symptoms of some common ailments such cold, fever, allergy and diarrhoea
  • understand and repeat instructions on when and how often to take medication
  • explain why you do or don’t want to see the doctor.


  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Birthday parties – let’s go to a party, attending a birthday party
  • Seeing a doctor – my stomach ache is killing me, allergies etc.
  • The dynamic particle过 (guo)
  • The adverb还 (hái)
  • Direction and location words
  • 刚 (gāng) vs 刚才 (gāngcái), adj. + 一点儿 (yì diǎnr)
  • 那么 (nàme) indicating degree, 起来 (qǐ lái) indicating the beginning of an action, 把 (bǎ) construction, 死 (sǐ) indicating an extreme degree
  • Verbal phrases and subject-predicate phrases used as attributives
  • Time duration, times of actions, indicating an action in progress
  • Reduplication of verbs
  • 到 (dào) + place + 去 (qù) + action; sentences with 是…的 (shì...de)
  • Adj / v + 是 (shì) + adj / v.+ 可是/但是… (kěshì/dànshì…)
  • Comparative sentences with没(有) (méi{yǒu})
  • 一…就… (yī...jiù...), 越来越… (yuè lái yuè...); 再说 (zàishuō), 又…又… (yòu…yòu…)

Intended audience

Suitable for A2 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 1031 or who have completed 100 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 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.

  • I love the interactive nature of lessons. The teacher is very experienced and a great lecturer, getting the best out of the students.

  • Great course! And an excellent teacher who is very helpful, patient and knowledgeable.

  • The tutor’s lectures were very well structured and excellently complemented the textbook. She also provided very useful handouts after every lesson. In particular, their translations of workbook CDs were much appreciated.

Chinese Mandarin Course 1032: Standard

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What others say.

  • Great classes. Textbook choice very good.
  • Great course! And an excellent teacher who is very helpful, patient and knowledgeable.
  • I love the interactive nature of lessons. The teacher is very experienced and a great lecturer, getting the best out of the students.
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