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

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 5
Wednesday 7 February 2018 - Wednesday 11 April 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

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

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

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

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

We have a policy of employing 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.

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

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

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

UNSWIL 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.

Students 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 (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. 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. 

Most 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.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

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.

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