Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2042: Standard

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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 B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 2, Lessons 18 to 20 and is taught over ten weekly sessions of two hours per week.


This course aims to:

  • introduce 140 vocabulary items
  • cover topics such as: history, interviewing for a job, foreigners in China
  • pay ongoing attention to pronunciation and grammar which remains a crucial part of improving your language skills
  • improve your conversational skills, comprehension of spoken passages, ability to read and write passages through various activities, and increase your language acquisition in a real-world context
  • 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 140 vocabulary items and recognise about 170 Chinese characters
  • say one or two sentences to describe signs of nervousness
  • explain in basic terms why China has been able to attract talent and foreign companies
  • describe in basic terms if you are good at managing time and coping with pressure
  • re-tell your job interview experience
  • congratulate someone on his or her accomplishments
  • welcome a visitor from afar with a welcoming party
  • bid someone farewell at a farewell party
  • pay homage to old-timers when joining a new community
  • ask for guidance and help when coming to a new place
  • describe your job role in detail
  • describe your life experience
  • describe the case or difficulty of adjusting to life in a different country.


This course covers the following topics:

  • history – name some of the most important dynasties in history, describe briefly the historical significance of some major dynasties, talk in basic terms about some of China’s important historical figures
  • interviewing for a job – say one or two sentences to describe signs of nervousness, explain in basic terms why China has been able to attract talent and foreign companies, describe in basic terms your time management methods, and congratulate someone on his or her accomplishments
  • foreigners in China – welcome a visitor from after at a welcoming party, bid someone farewell at a farewell party, pay homage to old-timers when joining a new community, describe the ease or difficulty of adjusting to life in a different country
  • words & phrases: 参观 (to visit, to look around) vs. 游览 (to go sightseeing, to tour, excursion); 千千万万 (thousands upon thousands); 在…基础上 (on the basis of …, based on …); 在…方面 ( in term of, in the area of); 跟…有关 (related to, having to do with); 再也没/不 (no more, not anymore); 叫做 (to be called, to be known as); 好在 (fortunately, luckily); 善于 (be good at, be adept in); 往往 (more often than not) vs. 常常 (often); 接受 (to accept, to take on, to undertake); 而已 (and no more); 在…下 (under);你说呢? (What do you say?; What do you think?)
  • forms & accuracy: 之一, 其中, 越…越…
  • adverb 又, conjunction 既然
  • word order
  • summary of 把construction.

Intended audience

Suitable for B2 level students, those who have completed Chinese Mandarin 2041 or who have completed 300 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 online, 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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