Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1042: Standard

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

This course covers Integrated Chinese, Volume 2, Lessons 18 to 20, and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.

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.


This course aims to:

  • introduce 100 vocabulary items
  • cover more topics such as talking about sports, travel and at the airport
  • continue to build your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending your communicative competence through various activities
  • provide you with a solid foundation in language and culture which is necessary for further study at the intermediate and advanced levels.


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

  • discuss around 100 vocabulary items and recognise around 130 Chinese characters
  • name some popular sports
  • talk about your exercise habits
  • give your opinion on various sports
  • make a simple comparison between how soccer and Australian football are played
  • talk about your travel itinerary
  • ask for discounts, compare airfares and routes and book an airplane ticket
  • ask about seat assignments and request meal accommodations based on dietary restrictions or preferences
  • check-in at the airport
  • wish departing friends a safe journey and remind them to keep in touch
  • greet guests at the airport
  • compliment someone on his or her language ability
  • ask about someone’s health.


  • Sports – my gut keeps getting bigger and bigger and watching American football
  • Travel – travelling to Beijing and planning an itinerary
  • At the airport – checking in at the airport and arriving in Beijing
  • The particle 着 (zhe)
  • Kinship terms, numbers over one thousand
  • 的 (de), 得 (de), 地 (de) compared, …的时候 (…de shíhòu) and …以后 (…yǐhòu) compared
  • 好 / 难 (hǎo / nán) + verb, 不得了 (bù déliǎo, extremely)
  • 下去 (xià qù) indicating, 还 (hái) + positive adjective
  • 被 / 叫 / 让 (bèi / jiào / ràng) in passive-voice sentences
  • Duration of non-action, continuation, duration of actions
  • Question pronouns as indefinite references (whoever, whatever, etc.)
  • Comparative sentences with 比 (bǐ)

Intended audience

Suitable for A2 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 1041 or who have completed 140 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.

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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.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

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What others say.

  • Great teacher who prepared extra materials, gave us real life examples for the new words we’ve learnt and is also a great person in general.

What others say.

  • The tutor delivered the course material in an engaging manner that made learning Chinese fun and productive. Definitely a very worthwhile course.
  • Great teacher who prepared extra materials, gave us real life examples for the new words we've learnt and is also a great person in general.
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