Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2022: 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.

Aims

Covers Integrated Chinese Level 2, Part 1, Lesson 8 to 10 and is taught over 2 hours per week in one session. Continues from Chinese Mandarin 2021: Standard.

  • Introduces 124 vocabulary items.
  • Covers more topics such as: working, education, geography of China.
  • 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 culture.
  • Provide students with a solid foundation in language and culture which is necessary for further studies to intermediate and advanced.

Content

  • 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.

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.

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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.

Features

  • $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. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.

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.

$340 Limited inc GST
Chinese Mandarin Course 2022: Standard

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