Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2021: Standard

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: arrangement of our courses

Our courses will be moving to online delivery from Monday 23 March.
We aim to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience through interactive, online classes in real-time.
If you are currently enrolled in a course with us, we will be in touch soon with options for your enrolment.
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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 6 to 7 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


This course aims to:

  • introduce 90 vocabulary items
  • cover topics such as: boyfriend and girlfriend, computer and internet
  • build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending your communicative competence through various activities
  • improve your conversational skills, comprehend spoken passages, read and write passages based on your vocabulary and increase your knowledge and appreciation of the culture
  • provide you with a solid foundation in language and culture, necessary for further study at the intermediate and advanced levels.


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

  • discuss around 90 vocabulary items and recognise about 120 Chinese characters
  • say if you have an upbeat personality
  • state if you share the same interests or hobbies with others
  • enquire if everything is ok and find out what has happened
  • describe typical behaviours of a forgetful person
  • give a simple description of what they look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend
  • describe what makes you anxious or angry
  • find out if others are angry with you, and apologise if so
  • reduce potential tension in a conversation by changing the subject
  • let people know about the trouble you had to go through because of their thoughtlessness or carelessness
  • name activities on the internet and discuss how you make use of internet
  • discuss the pros and cons of using the internet.


This course covers the following topics:

  • boyfriend and girlfriend – say if you have an upbeat personality, state if you share your interests or hobbies with others, inquire if everything is OK and find out what has happened, describe typical behaviours of a forgetful person, give a simple description of what you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend, say what makes you anxious or angry
  • computer and internet – find out if others are angry with you and apologize if so, reduce potential tension in a conversation by changing the subject, let people know about the trouble you had to go through because of their thoughtlessness or carelessness, name your activities on the internet and discuss how you make use of the internet, discuss the pros and cons of using the internet
  • words/phrases: 到底(what on earth, what in the world, in the end); 根本(at all simply);一干二净(completely, thoroughly, spotless); 难怪(no wonder); 实际上(actually, in fact, in reality); 丢三拉四(scatterbrained, forgetful); 一会儿…,一会儿…,一会儿又…(one minute…the next minute…); 从…到…(from…to…); 结果(as a result); 或者(or); 害(得) (to cause trouble[so that], to do harm [so that]); 几乎(almost); 看起来(it seems); 听起来(it sounds)
  • forms & accuracy: (在)…上, V来V去
  • adverbials and 地(de), conjunction 甚至
  • 的, 得, and 地compared, set phrases
  • 原来as adverb and adjective, 好as a resultative complement
  • potential complements, connecting sentences.

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 2012 or who have completed 200 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, but recommended.

In addition to purchasing, you 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 five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


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 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.

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