Centre for Continuing Education

Chinese Mandarin Course 1011: Standard (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 at the University of Sydney.

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.

Covers Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1, Lessons 1 to 2 are taught over two hours per week in one session. The content of this and Chinese (Mandarin) 1012: Standard is also available over four hours per week in two sessions by completing Chinese Mandarin 101: Intensive (Beginners).


  • Introduces the first year of study and 70 vocabulary items.
  • Covers the basics with simple, graded activities on essential topics such as greetings, family.
  • Introduces basic grammatical structures.
  • Positions pinyin close to characters so students can focus on speaking and pronunciation.
  • Introduces the system of character writing---hanzi, as a guide to literacy.


  • Greetings – exchanging greetings and asking about someone’s nationality.
  • Family – Looking at a family photo and asking about someone’s family.
  • The verbs 姓 (xìng), 叫 (jiào), 是 (shì) and有 (yǒu).
  • The adverbs 不 (bù), 也 (yě), 都 (dōu).
  • The particles 的 (de).
  • Usage of 二 (èr)/两 (liǎng).
  • Questions ending with 吗 (ma) and 呢 (ne).
  • Question pronouns.
  • Measure words.

Delivery Style

Delivered in the form of an interactive workshop 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 version will be taught in the classroom. Students can also opt for the electronic version of materials.

While the Textbook is required, the Workbook and Character Workbook are optional, but recommended.

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

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to 5 days prior to commencement.

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Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture 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 (~20 max)
  • Central location

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

What others say.

  • The course was paced and taught very well. The tutor was very knowledgeable and encouraged us to develop our abilities. There were many opportunities to practise and learn – the other students were all very friendly and enthusiastic!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed Chinese for Beginners, 1011. The course was well-structured, with achievable learning objectives and support. The tutor was excellent and provided good support for students in the class.

  • The course was correctly paced and allowed enough time to learn characters as well as learning to listen/speak.

  • The tutor was amazing. Super friendly and intelligent and made classes fun and engaging.

  • We had an excellent teacher who gave us the confidence to converse in front of the class by the end of the first term. The course structure is solid and the textbook is very good as well. Will definitely recommend this course to my friends and colleagues.

  • The tutor was a fantastic teacher – very enthusiastic and encouraging of student participation, and made the class very engaging.

Chinese Mandarin Course 1011: Standard (Beginners)
University of Sydney (Venue TBA)
$340 inc GST

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