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Chinese Mandarin Course 3032: Standard (HSK Level 5 Preparation 2)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: arrangement of our courses

Some of our courses have moved to online delivery. We aim to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience through interactive, online classes in real-time. If you are currently enrolled in a course with us, we will be in touch soon with options for your enrolment.

Please note that for online classes, all course materials will be shared electronically. No printed resources will be 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.

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 and will explore Chinese culture and history.

At the advanced level, the equivalent of a proficiency test such as Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK, Chinese: 汉语水平考试) will be favorably considered. Course learning materials will incorporate HSK testing formats so you can identify your proficiency level. You will be encouraged to take the HSK Level 5 exam after completing Advanced Level 3 or Level 4.


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:

  • iscuss around 400 vocabulary items and recognise around 200 characters
  • talk about Chinese idioms
  • talk about advantages and disadvantages of a society issue
  • introduce someone on social media
  • introduce a famous historical person
  • talk about different aspects about a modern invitation
  • talk about a sport and how it may have influenced your life
  • compare and contrast Chinese sports style with Western sports style
  • express your opinion on different types of architecture
  • introduce several travelling experiences and how travelling influence one’s life
  • introduce a historic story from the book The Art of War
  • talk about the benefits of art and your favorite artist or style
  • exchange opinions on weddings in different countries
  • gain an insight into the Chinese perspective on areas such as family, success and society.


Covers《HSK标准教程5上》Unit 4 to Unit 6. 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 走近科学 - Week 3 走近科学

第一单元 走近科学

Learning points

  • 毕竟
  • 逐渐
  • 或许
  • 来、过来
  • 相当
  • 以及
  • 程度
  • 显示、显得
  • 持续、继续
  • 发达、发展

Week 4 放眼世界 - Week 6 放眼世界

第二单元 放眼世界

Learning points

  • 何况
  • 何必
  • 多亏
  • 所谓
  • 为……所……
  • 迟早
  • 再三
  • 激烈、强烈
  • 通畅、常常
  • 胜利、成功

Week 7 修身养性 - Week 9 修身养性

第三单元 修身养性

Learning points

  • 个别
  • 平常
  • 宁可
  • 极其
  • 其余
  • 可见
  • 临时、暂时
  • 忽视、轻视
  • 目前、现在

Week 10 补充和总结


The art of Chinese films (optional and depending on teaching progress)

Learning points

  • Be able to briefly describe the story of a Chinese movie
  • Be able to talk about the Chinese culture or social phenomenon reflected from the movie

Film resources and discussion points will be provided to the class one month before Week 10.

Delivery style

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


Prior to enrolling, you should:

  • have completed Chinese Mandarin Course 3031: 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 420 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:

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.


  • $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 3032: Standard (HSK Level 5 Preparation 2)

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