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Chinese Mandarin Course 3041: Standard (HSK Level 5 Preparation 3)

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

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.

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 various socio-cultural beliefs, Chinese cultural or historical stories, and the pursuit of physical and psychological well-being.

At the advanced level, the equivalent of a proficiency test, namely Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK, Chinese: 汉语水平考试), is favorably 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 Advanced Level 3 or Level 4.

Aims

This course aims to:

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

Outcomes

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

  • discuss around 400 vocabulary items and recognise around 200 characters
  • talk about hometown food around China
  • talk about Chinese childhood memory: picture story book stalls
  • discuss Uncle Hanzi, an American Chinese learner
  • talk about culture exchange experiences
  • talk about the importance of reading and thinking in education
  • talk about the relationship between parents and their children
  • discuss details around volunteer teaching in remote areas
  • express your opinion on a good education
  • identify various ways of dealing with pressure/stress
  • talk about the importance of critical thinking and its benefits
  • express your opinion on job hunting
  • exchange opinions on the father’s role in one’s family.

Content

Covers《HSK标准教程5下》Unit 7 to Unit 9. Sessions run for two hours per week, over ten weeks, totaling 20 hours of instruction time. Scheduling and content coverage are as follows (subject to change).

Week 1 交流文化 – Week 3 交流文化

第一单元 交流文化

Learning points

  • 动词+得 / 不+起
  • 偶然
  • 尽快
  • 怀念、想念
  • 记录、纪录
  • 偶然、偶尔

Week 4 体会教育– Week 6 体会教育

第二单元 体会教育

Learning points

  • 一旦
  • 难免
  • 自从
  • 一致
  • 幸亏
  • 行动
  • 义务
  • 平等、公平
  • 单独、独自
  • 发言、发表

Week 7 感受人生– Week 9 感受人生

第三单元 感受人生

Learning points

  • 简直
  • 至于
  • 总算
  • 动词+下来
  • 舍不得
  • 从此
  • 假设
  • 总算、终于
  • 损失、失去
  • 反应、反映

Week 10 关注经济

第四单元 关注经济

Learning points

  • 不如
  • 干脆
  • 万一
  • 挤、拥挤

Delivery style

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

Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling, you should:

  • have completed Chinese Mandarin Course 3032: Standard (HSK Level 5 Preparation 2) or equivalent; or
  • be able to recognise about 1100 characters and know about 1400 vocabulary words and collocations associated with these characters; or
  • have completed around 440 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 history and language proficiency with the Confucius Institute.

Prescribed text

HSK标准教程5下(HSK BIAOZHUN JIAOCHENG 5 XIA, HSK Standard Course 5B – Textbook)/姜丽萍主编;刘畅,鲁江编。北京:北京语言大学出版社。ISBN 978-7-5619-4245-1

HSK标准教程 5下练习册(HSK BIAOZHUN JIAOCHENG 5 XIA LIANXICE, HSK Standard Course 5B – Workbook)/姜丽萍主编;刘畅,鲁江编。北京:北京语言大学出版社。ISBN 978-7-5619-4973-3

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.
  • You may be assigned homework. You should complete this as diligently as possible to enhance learning results.
  • Depending on the time available, your facilitator 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:

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.

Features

  • $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.

Chinese Mandarin Course 3041: Standard (HSK Level 5 Preparation 3)

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