Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 2042: 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.

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.

Suitable for those who have completed 2041 or 300 hours of recent face to face tuition.


  • Introduces 133 vocabulary items.
  • Covers topics such as: history, interviewing for a job, foreigners 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.


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, 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.

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

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