Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2012: 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 3 to 5 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


  • Introduces 110 vocabulary items.
  • Covers more topics such as: at a restaurant, go shopping, choose subjects.
  • 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 the culture.
  • 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 110 vocabulary items and recognise around 130 Chinese characters.
  2. Name four principal regional Chinese cuisines.
  3. Order food and drinks in Chinese.
  4. Talk about what flavors they like or dislike.
  5. Make their dietary restrictions or preferences known.
  6. Describe their own shopping preferences and criteria.
  7. Disagree with others tactfully.
  8. State their major area of study/academic department and some required general courses they may have taken.
  9. Explain whether their family members have an influence on their choice of major or career path.
  10. Share tips on how to save money for their education.


This course covers the following topics:

  • At a restaurant – name four principal regional cuisines, order food and drinks, talk about what flavours you like or dislike, make your dietary restrictions or preferences known
  • Go shopping – name basic items of clothing, bedding and bath items; describe your shopping preferences and criteria; disagree with others tactfully; present your arguments with rhetorical questions
  • Choose subjects – state your major area of study/academic department and some required general courses you have taken, talk about what you plan to do after graduating, explore what will enhance your future job opportunities, explain whether your family members have an influence on your choice of major and career path, share tips on how to save money for your education
  • Words & phrases: 正好 (coincidentally), 特别是 (especially), 麻烦 ([may I] trouble [you], troublesome), 这(就)要看…(了) (that depends on…), 比如(说) (for example), 什么的 (… etc.), 大小, 长短, 宽窄 (size, length, width…), 打折 (to discount, to sell at a discount), (要)不然 (otherwise), 非…不可 (have to, must), 标准 (criterion, standard), 在乎 (to mind, to care), 只是or 就是, 受不了 (unable to bear) , 肯定 (definitely), 跟…打交道 (to deal with…), 这样 (in this way), 不过 (but)
  • Forms & accuracy: 不如, 无论…, 都…, 可是/但是…, 对…来说, 另外, 要么…, 要么…
  • The emphatic 是, conjunction 于是, adverb 难道, preposition 至于
  • 一 + V.; 又 adj/verb, 又 adj/verb; adj / v. + 是 + adj / v
  • Topic-comment sentence structure
  • Resultative complements
  • 再, 又 and 还 compared

Intended Audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 2011 or who have completed 180 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.

  • We have an engaging teacher who pushes us a bit but also is mindful not to make us feel self-conscious. Classes are fun and challenging. I’d recommend them to anyone who wants to learn Mandarin.