Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 3022: Standard (HSK Level 4 Preparation 4)

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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 socio-cultural beliefs in relation to life and nature, and their efforts in pursuing physical and psychological well-being.

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


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

  • discuss around 160 vocabulary items and recognise around 180 characters
  • introduce one’s future plan
  • politely refuse a request
  • describe the preparatory process for studying or traveling abroad
  • discuss various factors that contribute to success
  • describe the scenery of a scenic spot
  • talk about one’s experience of visiting a zoo or a park
  • describe a few familiar animals
  • express your opinion on the conservation of nature
  • discuss the influence of the development of science and technology on human life
  • discuss the development of computers and the internet
  • exchange opinions on human dreams
  • introduce a most widely practiced sport in your home country
  • share your attitude towards renting versus buying a house/apartment
  • introduce different types of travel and justify why some are preferred over others
  • talk about the benefits of travel and introduce a memorable trip
  • learn about the south and north of China, and their ethnic minorities
  • gain insights into Chinese people’s perspectives on success, technology and travelling.


Covers《HSK标准教程4下》Lesson 16 to Lesson 20. 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

第十六课 生活可以更美好

Learning points

  • 恐怕
  • 到底
  • 拿……来说
  • 只要功夫深,铁杵磨成针

Week 3 情 感 - Week 4 情 感

第十七课 人与自然

Learning points

  • 为了……而……
  • 仍然
  • 中国国宝大熊猫

Week 5 社 会 - Week 6 社 会

第十八课 科技与世界

Learning points

  • 是否
  • 受不了
  • 接着
  • 除此以外
  • 把……叫做……
  • 微博与微信

Week 7 社 会 - Week 8 社 会

第十九课 生活的味道

Learning points

  • 疑问代词活用表示任指
  • 出来
  • 总的来说
  • 在于
  • 舌尖上的中国——饺子

Week 9 教 育 - Week 10 教 育

第二十课 路上的风景

  • V+着+V+着
  • 一……就……
  • 究竟
  • 起来
  • V+起
  • 中国的少数民族

Delivery style

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


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

  • completed Chinese Mandarin Course 3021: Standard (HSK Level 4 Preparation 3)
  • recognise about 950 characters and know about 1500 vocabulary words and collocations associated with these characters
  • studied and had face-to-face instruction for around 370 to 400 hours.

The above criteria serves as a rough guide. Second language development varies largely at this stage, so you are 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 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 2 hours per week practicing characters, vocabulary and grammar is expected in order to obtain a satisfactory learning outcome.
  • From time to time your teacher 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:

Please note

Selected Language 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.

Chinese Mandarin Course 3022: Standard (HSK Level 4 Preparation 4)

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