Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 3031: Standard

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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.

This course is equivalent to HSK Level 5 Preparation 1.

Join us for this Advanced Chinese Mandarin course. Designed for enthusiastic learners, this course will introduce you to short essays involving comparatively abstract ideas, critical thinking and self-reflection. Course content explores peoples' socio-cultural beliefs in relation to life and nature, as well as Chinese history and culture.

At this level, the equivalent of a proficiency test, namely Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK, Chinese: 汉语水平考试), is favourably considered. Course learning materials integrate language content and HSK testing formats, so that you can identify your level of proficiency. Participants are encouraged to, and should feel confident in taking the HSK Level 5 exam after completing Chinese Mandarin course levels 3031, 3032, 3041 and 3042.


This course aims to:

  • continue developing your Chinese language skills at an advanced level through various classroom activities
  • train you to think and express abstract ideas and be aware of the general philosophy of life in Chinese
  • help you prepare for the HSK Level 5 language proficiency test.


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

  • discuss around 361 vocabulary items and recognise around 200 characters
  • talk about relationships between couples
  • talk about relationships between yourself and your parents
  • describe the future
  • introduce a historically famous person
  • introduce some traditional Chinese customs
  • talk about one’s experience of celebrating a festival
  • tell a historical Chinese story
  • express your opinion on the conservation of history
  • introduce several Chinese idioms and the story behind them
  • exchange opinions on an idiomatic story
  • use several Chinese idioms in oral expressions
  • share your opinion on a social phenomenon
  • talk about the benefits of something since its development
  • exchange opinions on technological developments
  • gain insights into Chinese people’s perspectives on family, success and societal development.


Covers《HSK标准教程5上》Unit 1 to Unit 4 (1). It runs for two hours per week over ten weeks, making a total of 20 hours of instruction time. Schedule and content coverage are as follows (subject to change):

Week 1 生活情感 - Week 3 生活情 感

第一单元 了解生活

Learning points

  • 如何
  • 居然
  • 以来
  • 立即
  • 各自
  • 包括
  • 时刻
  • 如何-怎么
  • 悄悄-偷偷
  • 舒适-舒服

Week 4 历史文化 - Week 6 历史文化

第二单元 谈古说今

Learning points

  • 至今
  • ……得+不行
  • 反而
  • 起来
  • 从而
  • 说不定
  • 似的
  • 纷纷
  • 满足-满意
  • 美丽-优美
  • 打听-询问

Week 7 成语故事 - Week 9 成语故事

第三单元 倾听故事

Learning points

  • 分别
  • 便
  • ……来……去
  • 要不
  • 作为
  • 曾经
  • 忽然-突然
  • 彼此-互相
  • 亲自-自己

Week 10 社 会发展

第四单元 走近科学

Learning points

  • 毕竟
  • 逐渐
  • 或许
  • 显示-显得

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.


Prior to enrolling, you should:

  • have completed Chinese Mandarin Course 3022: Standard; or
  • be able to recognise about 950 characters and know about 1200 vocabulary words and collocations associated with these characters; or
  • have completed around 390 hours of previous study.

The above criteria serves as a guide only. Second language development varies at this level and we invite you to discuss your learning proficiency with the Confucius Institute.

Prescribed text

HSK标准教程5上(HSK BIAOZHUN JIAOCHENG 5 SHANG, HSK Standard Course 5A – Textbook)/姜丽萍主编;刘畅,鲁江编。北京:北京语言大学出版社。ISBN 978-7-5619-4033-4

HSK标准教程 5上练习册(HSK BIAOZHUN JIAOCHENG 5 SHANG LIANXICE, HSK Standard Course 5A – Workbook)/姜丽萍主编;刘畅,鲁江编。北京:北京语言大学出版社。ISBN 978-7-5619-4780-7

The prescribed textbooks are available through the University of Sydney’s Confucius Institute.

Responsibility of the learner

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

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

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

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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.


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