UNSW Institute of Languages

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Chinese (Mandarin) for Business

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

UNSW Institute of Languages in partnership with the Confucius Institute at UNSW are now offering Chinese for Business courses at our Kensington campus.

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

Most language courses require you to buy a textbook - click on the Course Content tab for more information.

Type Duration Average class size Levels Fee
Part-time 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.

2018

Level Prior Study
Upper-intermediate 5
This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy
180-240 hours of prior study

The textbook for this course is used occasionally depending on the teacher and the students. We recommend that you do not buy this textbook before the first lesson. It can be bought from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus. Click here for the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop (all prices have been reduced 10% RRP). 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.

The tabs below provide course outlines for each level.

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.

In our courses you will experience a balance between Mandarin Chinese for general purposes (everyday use in China) as well as cultural knowledge related to business situations in mainland China. By simulating a range of typical business environments, you will have the opportunity to develop the language and knowledge that is essential in developing business relationships with companies from Australia’s largest trade partner.



2018

Level 5CB

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

This level covers the following topics:

  • Business discussions
  • Pricing negotiations and closing deals
  • 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
Luciana Buonanno

Gloria Li (Chinese Teacher)
BA Foreign Languages, MA translation and Interpreting

"I have twelve years language teaching experience covering a wide range of student ages and courses in both Australia and China. In the past, I have worked as a translator, interpreter and trained prospective Mandarin teachers in LOTE programs at UNSW Institute of Languages. I am currently conducting research in Chinese studies at the University of New South Wales. My teaching style is dynamic, engaging and systematic. "

Term 1 Evening (7 February – 11 April 2018)

Wednesday evenings (Upper-intermediate level 5)
6:30pm - 8:30pm (10 weeks)

*Evening classes are held at 223 Anzac Parade, Kensington


Term 1


Levels Evening
Level 5 Wednesday

 

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

 

Chinese for Business classes are not available on Saturdays


2018

Part-time Chinese for Business Evening Courses*

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 7 February 11 April
Term 2 2 May 4 July
Term 3 25 July 26 September
Term 4 10 October 12 December

*Classes are held at 223 Anzac Parade, Kensington.

Chinese for Business classes are not available on Saturdays

 

Course Level Learning Outcomes
Upper-intermediate 5

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.

Languages - FAQs

1. What is the length of the courses?

1. What is the length of the courses?

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

2. What levels are offered?

2. What levels are offered?

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.

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

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.

4. How are the levels organised?

4. How are the levels organised?

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.

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

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.

6. What course books are used?

6. What course books are used?

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

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

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

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

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.

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

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.

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

11. What is the average class size?

11. What is the average class size?

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

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

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

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

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.

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

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.

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

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. 

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

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.

17.What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

17. What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

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.   

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

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

19. Is parking available?

19. Is parking available?

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.

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

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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