Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 3042: Standard

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We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. 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.

This course is equivalent to HSK Level 5 Preparation 4.

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.


The aims of this course are 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 to prepare for the HSK Level 5 language proficiency test.


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

  • discuss around 450 vocabulary items and recognise around 300 characters
  • talk about the employment situation in China or in Australia
  • talk about the qualities graduates should possess in order to land their dream job
  • describe how a bookstore owner runs his business successfully, with reference to an article
  • exchange ideas about the idiom "survival of the fittest"
  • talk about whether competition makes the market more efficient
  • express likes and dislikes about career competition and competition in life
  • talk about your favorite social activities
  • express your opinion on dealing with social relationships
  • introduce several ways to improve social skills
  • talk about transportation in China and Australia, and that of big and small cities
  • express your opinion on what it means to lead a green lifestyle
  • exchange opinions on pet feeding.


Covers《HSK标准教程5下》Units 10 to 12. Sessions run for two hours per week, over ten weeks, totaling 20 hours of instruction time. Schedule and content coverage are as follows (subject to change):

Week 1 关注经济 - Week 3 关注经济

第十单元 关注经济

Learning points

  • 不如
  • 干脆
  • 万一
  • 挤——拥挤
  • 无意
  • 有利
  • 的确
  • 接近——靠近

Week 4 观察社会 - Week 7 观察社会

第十一单元 观察社会

Learning points

  • 轻易
  • 密切
  • 尽量
  • 逐步
  • 照常
  • 难怪
  • 与其
  • 轻易——容易
  • 鼓励——鼓舞
  • 表现——体现

Week 8 亲近自然 - Week 10 亲近自然

第十二单元 亲近自然

Learning points

  • 总之
  • 动词+过
  • 动词+开
  • 赶快
  • 根本
  • 除非
  • 反正
  • 反复——重复
  • 特殊——特别
  • 应付——处理

Delivery style

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


Prior to enrolling, you should:

  • have completed Chinese Mandarin Course 3041: Standard (HSK Level 5 Preparation 3) or equivalent; or
  • be able to recognise about 2000 characters and know about 1500 vocabulary words and collocations associated with these characters; or
  • have completed around 460 hours of previous study.

The above criteria serve 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:

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

Suggested textbook supplier


Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

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.

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