UNSW Institute of Languages


Chinese (Mandarin) for Business

Stand out among the growing Australian business communities engaging with China.

Develop your language and cultural knowledge of one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 6-8 students 2 AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Chinese in business contexts.
  • Learn the customs and protocols of mainland Chinese business.
  • Understand and communicate better with Mandarin speaking clients and partners.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities and/or expand your business into China.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers create an ideal learning environment.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). We recommend that you do not buy this textbook before the first lesson.View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Text Book: A Business Trip to China: Conversation and Application vol.1. Wang Xiaojun

This level covers the following topics:

  • Business discussions
  • Small businesses
  • China's "non-public economy"
  • Dealing with contracts: drafting contracts, official contracts
  • Visiting a factory
  • Ordering products, inspections, employment, salary
  • Foreign investment and joint ventures
  • The Stock market in China

Language/grammar points include:

  • Common expressions related to tax
  • Comparative structures
  • Language for bargaining
  • According to / Regardless of
  • Common language used in business meetings
  • Common terms related to insurance
  • Common terms related to Stock Markets

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks) you will:

  • Use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment;
  • Engage in a range of business negotiations, such as price negotiation;
  • Understand more about mainland China’s small business sector and “non-public economy”;
  • Be able to draft and deal with official contracts;
  • Use appropriate language structures to order products and discuss matter related to industrial relations;
  • Understand more about foreign investment and joint ventures in China;
  • Understand more about the Stock Market in China; and
    Develop greater cultural awareness within a business context.

We recommend that you refer to the Level Guide to select the most suitable level. If you need further help selecting a level, please contact our Enquiries staff on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Please note that it is not always possible to transfer into a different level after enrolling.

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

Term 3 Evening Courses

Level 5
Wednesday July 25 – Wednesday September 26, 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

We offer 6 levels of progression, which are divided into modules A and B. These are: Beginners (1A & 1B), Elementary (2A & 2B), Lower Intermediate (3A & 3B), Intermediate (4A & 4B), Upper Intermediate (5A & 5B), and Advanced (6A & 6B). Level 6B is an open-ended level that can continue indefinitely – some level 6 classes have been running for over 20 years!

The levels offered for each language vary from term to term and language to language. We are able to offer most levels for more popular languages, while levels for other languages are usually more limited. Check under the Dates and Fees tab the language you want to study to find out which levels are currently available.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. Check under the Level Guide tab of each language for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. We strongly encourage you to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought from UNSW bookshop (UNSW main campus, building E15), Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney) or online. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

We prefer to employ teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

Our teachers have at least one teaching qualification and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for our students is 18. There is no maximum age.

Our language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

You should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (check information under the Level Guide tab for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Once payment has been made, you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. Please refer to the course dates, times and location details shown under the Dates and Fees tab in order to avoid missing the course start date. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin.

Yes. Students who have applied for a course that is cancelled will receive a refund which may take up to 3 weeks to process. We often contact you first to see if you would like to transfer into another level before we officially withdraw your application and process your refund. For further information, please refer to our Conditions of Enrolment..

Yes. Online applications close at the end of week 3 of each term. However, it’s always best to apply as early as possible as we cancel classes that do not receive enough applications.

Most of our courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

2018 term timetable

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Dates & Fees tab for the evening each course is offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 5 Feb (Mon) - 8 Feb (Thurs) 16 April (Mon)
Term 2 30 Apr (Mon) – 3 May (Thurs) 9 July (Mon)
Term 3 23 July (Mon) – 26 July (Thurs) 27 September (Thurs)
Term 4 8 Oct (Mon) – 11 Oct (Thurs) 13 December (Thurs)

Part-time Saturday

Note that Saturday classes are offered one morning per week. Check the Dates and Fees tab for the list of courses offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 3 Feb 14 April
Term 2 5 May 7 July
Term 3 28 July 29 September
Term 4 13 October 15 December

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