Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2011: Standard

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Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers the prescribed textbook Integrated Chinese, Volume 3, Lessons 1 to 2, 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: beginning a new semester and university accommodation
  • continue to build your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending your communicative competence through various activities
  • improve your conversation skills, ability to comprehend spoken passages, read and write passages based on your vocabulary and increase your knowledge and appreciation of culture
  • provide you with a solid foundation in language and culture, necessary for further studies at the intermediate and advanced levels.


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

  • discuss around 100 vocabulary items and recognise about 130 Chinese characters
  • explain how to write your Chinese name in characters
  • say where you were born and where you grew up
  • discuss the pros and cons of living on and off campus
  • express a dissenting opinion politely
  • name basic pieces of furniture in a house
  • describe your living quarters
  • introduce your neighbourhood
  • recommend an authentic Chinese restaurant to friends
  • comment on someone’s living quarters
  • disagree with other’s opinions tactfully.


  • 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 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 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.


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

Apply for the language repeat discount.

Chinese Mandarin Course 2011: Standard

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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.
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