Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2031: 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 B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 2, Lessons 11 to 12 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


  • Introduces around 100 vocabulary items.
  • Covers more topics such as: festivals, and changes in China.
  • Ongoing attention to pronunciation and grammar also remains a crucial part of improving students' language skills.
  • Improve students' conversational skills, comprehension of spoken passages, ability to read and write passages through various activities, and increase their language acquisition in a real-world context.
  • Provide 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. Name the major traditional Chinese holidays and explain when they occur.
  3. Name the food that is most associated with each of the major traditional Chinese holidays.
  4. Express New Year’s wishes.
  5. Describe the festivities during the Chinese New Year period.
  6. Wish others success or good health.
  7. Describe the sights and sounds of a major city.
  8. Give a simple account of the growth of a city from the past to the present.
  9. Describe someone who is extremely hungry.
  10. Describe in basic terms some features of a historic tourist site.
  11. Express in a Chinese proverb the Chinese people’s mindset on food culture.
  12. Express surprise at an unforeseen turn of events.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Festivals – name the major traditional holidays and explain when they occur; name the foods associated with each of the major traditional holidays; express New Year’s wishes; describe the festivities that occur during the New Year period; and wish others success or good health
  • Changes in China – describe the sights and sounds of a major city; describe in basic terms some features of a historic tourist site; give a simple account of the growth of a city from the past to the present; and express surprise at an unforeseen turn of events
  • Words & phrases: V 起来, V 得出(来) (be able to tell), 气氛 (atmosphere, ambiance), 传统 (tradition, traditional), 热闹 (lively, buzzing with excitement, bustling with activity), 完全 (entirely, completely), 的确 (indeed), 要不是 (if it were not for, but for), 从来 (from past till present, always, at all times), 看来 (it seems), 尽可能 (as much as possible, do one’s utmost)
  • Form and accuracy: (先)…再…, 以A 为B
  • Preposition 以 , adverb 竟 (然), particle 嘛, particle 过, adverb 可(是) continued
  • Adj / V + 着 + V, 一 + reduplicated measure word
  • Reduplication of measure words
  • End-of-sentence particle 啊

Intended Audience

Suitable for B2 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 2022 or who have completed 240 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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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.

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  • Our tutor continued to provide interesting and challenging lectures, backed up by excellent supporting course material.