Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2011: 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 B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

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


  • Introduces 100 vocabulary items.
  • Covers more topics such as: to begin a new semester, university accommodation.
  • Continues to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending students' communicative competence through various activities.
  • Improve students' conversational skills, ability to comprehend spoken passages, read and write passages based on their vocabulary and increase their knowledge and appreciation of culture.
  • Provides 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 100 vocabulary items and recognise about 130 Chinese characters.
  2. Explain how to write their Chinese name in characters.
  3. Say where they were was born and where they grew up.
  4. Discuss the pros and cons of living on and off campus.
  5. Express a dissenting opinion politely.
  6. Name basic pieces of furniture in a house.
  7. Describe their living quarters.
  8. Introduce their neighbourhood.
  9. Recommend an authentic Chinese restaurant to friends.
  10. Comment on someone’s living quarters.
  11. Disagree with other’s opinions tactfully.


This course covers the following topics:

  • To begin a new semester – explain how to write your name, say where you were born and grew up, discuss the pros and cons of living on and off campus, politely express a dissenting opinion.
  • University accommodation – name basic pieces of furniture in the house, describe your living quarters, comment on someone’s living quarters, disagree tactfully.
  • Words / phrases: 觉得 (to feel), 方便 (convenient), 安全(safe), 省钱 (to save money, to economize), 自由 (free, unconstrained), 不见得 (not necessarily), 好处 (advantage, benefit), 适应 (to adapt, to become accustomed to), 恐怕 (I’m afraid, I think perhaps), 差不多 (about, roughly), 吵 (noisy, to quarrel) , 安静 (quiet), 一般 (generally speaking), 不怎么样 (not that great, just so-so) , 地道 (authentic, genuine, pure).
  • Forms and accuracy: 除了…以外…, 再说, 比较, 得很, 那么.
  • The dynamic particle 了, adverb 真, conjunctions.
  • The 是…的… construction, connecting sentences, existential sentences.

Intended Audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 1042 or who have completed 160 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.

  • The teacher was very responsive to the students relative level of language competence. She was extremely well prepared and made the class very interesting and enjoyable as well as satisfyingly challenging.