Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2022: Standard

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

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 8 to 10 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


This course aims to:

  • introduce 124 vocabulary items
  • cover more topics such as: working, education, geography of China
  • continue to build listening, speaking, reading and writing skills by extending your communicative competence through various activities
  • improve your conversational 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 study at the intermediate and advanced levels.


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

  • discuss 124 vocabulary items and recognise around 150 Chinese characters
  • talk about how you balance your personal budget
  • name some possible reasons to work part-time while in school
  • discuss the pros and cons of working part-time whilst in school
  • describe what you dislike and what bothers you
  • present your opinion and indicate agreement or disagreement
  • talk about parents' aspirations for their children
  • comment on and describe your childhood
  • give a brief introduction on the geographic features of China
  • compare some basic geographic aspects of China and Australia
  • plan a trip to China
  • explain the reasons that you may be interested in or deterred from visiting a tourist site.


This course covers the following topics:

  • working – review your monthly income and spending patterns, talk about how you balance your personal budget, name some possible reasons to work part-time while in school, discuss the pros and cons of working part-time while in school, describe what you dislike or what bothers you
  • education – comment if you had a stress-free childhood, name some typical classes offered in after-school programs, indicate agreement or disagreement, present your opinions, talk about parents' aspirations for their children
  • geography of China – locate major cities, provinces and rivers on the map; give a brief introduction to the geographic features of China; compare some basic geographic aspects of China and the United States; describes features that may attract you to or deter you from visiting a tourist site; plan a trip to China
  • words & phrases: 压力(pressure), 受到(to receive), 减轻(to lessen), 适合(to suit) and合适 (suitable), 影响(to influence or affect), 取得(to obtain), 说到(speaking of), 嫌(to dislike), 不是A就是B(if it’s not A, it’s B, wither A or B), 多(How…it is), 一直(all along, continuously), 好(不)容易(with a lot of difficulty), 像…一样(as if), 可以说(you could say), 这么说(so that means), 最好(had better, it’s best), 为了(in order to) and因为(because), 一下子(in an instant), 大多(mostly), 呢(indicating a pause in speech)
  • forms & accuracy: 不是A而是B, 最adj不过了
  • the dynamic particle了; conjunction 而; adverb 可, 才, 并
  • 来connecting two verb phrases, 起来indicating the beginning of an action, 过indicating experience
  • directional complements suggesting result, rhetorical questions, descriptive complements, adjectives as predicates.

Intended audience

Suitable for B1 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 2021 or who have completed 220 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.

What others say.

  • The lecturer continued to provide challenging and stimulating lectures. The supporting material was extremely useful.

  • Very well structured, well thought-out and delivered course, with a great mix of other interested students.

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