Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 101: Intensive (Beginners)

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If you want to learn to speak Chinese, our Chinese classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Chinese language and culture. Learn Chinese the smart way with Chinese courses in Sydney at the University of Sydney.

In partnership with theConfucius 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.

Learning Aims

This Chinese course:

  • Begins the first year of study in Chinese, and introduces about 165 vocabulary items.
  • Covers the basics with simple, graded activities on essential topics such as greetings, dates and times, family, and shopping.
  • Introduces essential grammatical structures.
  • Positions pinyin texts close to Chinese character texts so students can focus on speaking and pronunciation.

Course Content

This Chinese course covers the following topics:

  • Greetings, family, date & time, hobbies and visiting friends.
  • The verbs 姓 (xìng), 叫 (jiào) and 是 (shì).
  • Questions ending with 吗 (ma), the negative adverb 不 (bù).
  • The adverbs 也 (yě), 都 (dōu), 还 (hái) and 才 (cái).
  • The particles 的 (de), 吧 (ba) and 了(le).
  • Usage of 有 (yǒu) and 二 (èr)/两 (liǎng).
  • Introduces measure words.
  • Questions pronouns, numbers (0, 1–100).
  • Affirmative + negative (A-not-A) questions.
  • Word order.
  • 一下 (y' xià) and (一)点儿(yì diǎnr).

This Chinese course covers Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1, Lessons 1 to 5 and is taught over 4 hours per week in two sessions. The content of this course is also available over two hours per week in one session by completing Chinese (Mandarin) Course 1011: Standard (Beginners) followed by Chinese (Mandarin) Course 1012: Standard.

Delivery Style

This Chinese course is delivered as interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed Text

Both simplified and traditional character versions of the textbook and the two workbooks are available, however the simplified versions will be taught in the classroom. Students can also opt for the electronic versions of the Chinese course materials.

The Textbook is required for this course, while the Workbook and Character Workbook are recommended, but optional.

In addition to purchasing course materials online, students may also be able to source textbooks from our preferred textbook suppliers.

Prescribed textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us that the course will proceed. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to class commencement.

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Course Features

  • $100 repeat class ($200 for Intensive Chinese Classes) - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Small class size (~20 max)
  • Central location

Language courses are offered in four semesters each year, approximately in January, April, July and October. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.

What others say about this course.

  • Both of the tutors were wonderful Chinese language teachers. I am amazed at how much I was able to learn in a short course from them.

Chinese Mandarin Course 101: Intensive (Beginners)
$560 inc GST

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