Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 3021: Standard (HSK Level 4 Preparation 3)

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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.

Designed for enthusiastic learners. This course will introduce you to short essays involving comparatively abstract ideas, critical thinking and self-reflection. The content explores people’s social-cultural beliefs with regards to life and nature, and their efforts in pursing physical and psychological well-being.

At the advanced level, equivalence between the learning and Proficiency Test, namely Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK, Chinese: 汉语水平考试), is favourably considered. The learning materials will integrate language content and HSK testing formats so you are more aware of your proficiency. You are also encouraged and should be confident in taking a HSK Level 4 exam after completing the Advanced Level 3 or 4.


This course aims to:

  • continue to develop your language skills at an advanced level through various class learning activities
  • train you to think and express abstract ideas and be aware of the general philosophy of life
  • help you prepare for the HSK Level 4 language proficiency test.


Covers《HSK标准教程4下》Lesson 11 to Lesson 15. It runs 2 hours per week over 10 weeks, making a total of 20 hours of instruction time. Schedule and content coverage are as follows: (subject to change):

Week 1 情 感 - Week 2 情 感

第十一课 读书好,读好书,好读书

Learning points

  • 否则
  • 无论
  • 然而
  • 同时
  • 中国古典文学名著——《西游记

Week 3 情 感 - Week 4 情 感

第十二课 用心发现世界

Learning points

  • 并且
  • 再……也……
  • 对于
  • 名词量词重叠
  • 相反
  • 孔子"因材施教"

Week 5 社 会 - Week 6 社 会

第十三课 喝着茶看京剧

Learning points

  • 大概
  • 偶尔
  • 进行
  • 随着
  • 中国的筷子文化

Week 7 社 会 - Week 8 社 会

第十四课 保护地球母亲

Learning points

  • 既然
  • 于是
  • 什么的
  • “天人合一”:中国人的"人与自然观"

Week 9 教 育 - Week 10 教 育

第十五课 教育孩子的艺术

  • 想起来
  • 千万
  • 左右
  • 孟母三迁的故事

Delivery style

Delivered in the form of an interactive workshop where active participation is encouraged.


To enrol, you should have gathered one of the following learning experiences:

  • completed our Chinese Mandarin 3012: Standard (HSK Level 4 Preparation 2)
  • recognised about 900 characters and know about 1400 vocabulary words and collocations associated with these characters
  • studied and had face-to-face instruction for around 350 to 370 hours.

The above criteria serves as a rough guide. It is noted that second language development varies largely at this stage, so you’re welcome to discuss your learning history and language proficiency with teachers from the Confucius Institute to identify a suitable class to attend.

Prescribed text

  • HSK标准教程4下(HSK BIAOZHUN JIAOCHENG 4 XIA, HSK Standard Course 4B – Textbook)/姜丽萍主编;张军,董政编。北京:北京语言大学出版社。ISBN 978-7-5619-3930-7
  • HSK标准教程 4下练习册(HSK BIAOZHUN JIAOCHENG 4 XIA LIANXICE, HSK Standard Course 4B – Workbook)/姜丽萍主编;张军,董政编。北京:北京语言大学出版社。ISBN 978-7-5619-4144-7

The prescribed textbooks are available through BookDepository.com.

Responsibility of the learner

  • You should spend time outside the classroom to review materials which have been taught. An average of 2 hours per week practicing characters, vocabulary and grammar is expected in order to obtain a satisfactory learning outcome.
  • From time to time the teacher may assign homework. You should complete this as diligently as possible to enhance learning results.
  • Depending on the time available, the teacher may conduct a small assessment in the last week. You should consider this as a good opportunity for review.

Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact:

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.