UNSW Institute of Languages

Courses

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese is a language growing in popularity for both business and travel. UNSW Institute of Languages teaches Chinese to people of all levels and is ideal for adult learners looking to gain knowledge about the Chinese language and culture.

UNSW Institute of Languages offers Chinese for beginners to advanced students.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Chinese as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to Chinese speaking countries.
  • Understand and communicate better with Mandarin speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology 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). 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 course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China (Zhu Xiaoxing et al.) - Units 1-4

This level covers the following topics:

  • Initials, finals and tones of Romanised Chinese scripts (Pinyin)
  • Basic structures of Chinese characters
  • Greetings and leave-takings
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Numbers 0-999
  • Time, date, month, year, days of the week
  • Daily activities
  • Money, shopping and bargaining
  • Clothes and colours
  • Eating in a Chinese restaurant

Language/grammar points include:

  • Yes/No questions and the pattern for answers
  • Various Wh-questions and the pattern for answers
  • Returning questions with “ne”
  • Classifiers for different nouns
  • Useful verbs and adjectives to create new words and phrases.
  • Exclamations and complaints

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China (Zhu Xiaoxing et al.) - Units 5 - 8

This level covers the following topics:

  • Family compositions
  • Professions
  • One’s age and characteristics
  • Telephoning language and expressions
  • Meetings and dates
  • Directions and addresses
  • Travel and transport
  • Location of an object
  • Worries and concerns

Language/grammar points include:

  • Present, past, and future tenses
  • Various classifiers for nouns
  • Various Wh-questions
  • Tag-questions  “ba”
  • Various propositions “zai”, “wang”, “li” etc.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China (Zhu Xiaoxing et al.) - Units 9 - 12

This level covers the following topics:

  • Parts of the body and ailments
  • At the doctor’s
  • Sick leave
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Skills and capabilities
  • Foreign languages
  • Leisure and sport activities including abilities
  • Weather and climate
  • Possibilities
  • Animals and horoscopes
  • Rooms and furniture in the house
  • Housework

Language/grammar points include:

  • Indirect speech
  • Various frequencies
  • Proposition "bǎ"
  • Comparatives
  • Various degrees and seriousness
  • Imperatives

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China Advanced (Liu Xun, Liu Yuan) - Units 1- 3

This level covers the following topics:

  • Talking about personal information
  • Describing something in the past
  • Describing someone’s appearance and characters
  • Describing living areas and their surroundings

Language/grammar points include:

  • Interrogative sentences
  • Comparison
  • Directional verbal phrases (1)
  • Adjectives for describing feelings / characters and living environment
  • Verb phrases
  • Prepositions
  • Tenses (past, present)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good basic knowledge of the language or those who have studied the language some years ago. It covers two separate modules (3A and 3B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China Advanced (Liu Xun, Liu Yuan) - Units 4-6

This level covers the following topics:

  • Shopping
  • Asking for refund or exchanging the items
  • Making complaints
  • Making an arrangement
  • Talking about weekend activities
  • Talking about interests and hobbies

Language/grammar points include:

  • Optional question: A or B
  • Frequency and time phrases
  • Directional verbal phrases (part 2)
  • Actions sequence expression
  • Various sentence patterns
  • Adjectives for describing something positively
  • Verb phrases
  • Tenses (future)

Module B

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China Advanced (Liu Xun, Liu Yuan) - Units 7-9

This level covers the following topics:

  • Talking about the holiday plan
  • Booking flight tickets and hotels
  • Talking about holiday experience
  • Expressing feelings of regrets, anxiety and disappointment
  • Expressing something politely as a host or a guest
  • Making an invitation
  • Accepting an invitation or turning down an invitation politely
  • Making wishes and congratulations

Language/grammar points include:

  • Simple questions with "Can..."
  • verb repeating expressions
  • Directional verbal phrases (part 3)
  • Verb phrases
  • Various sentence patterns
  • Adjectives for describing something positively
  • Tense (future)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Experiencing Chinese - Living in China Advanced (Liu Xun, Liu Yuan) - Units 10 - 12

This level covers the following topics:

  • Talking about work and study
  • Making a suggestion
  • Expressing a compliment and giving a modest response
  • Discussing something not working or broken and its solution
  • Making requests politely
  • Describing the lost items and situations
  • Talking about the university life
  • Expressions when departing

Language/grammar points include:

  • Passive voices
  • Adjectives for describing something in degrees "easy, difficulty, fast, slow" etc
  • Auxiliary words “di / de”
  • Various sentence patterns
  • Verb phrases
  • Tenses (future)

Module B

Text Book: Colloquial Chinese 2 - The Next Step in Language Learning (Qian Kun) - Units 1-4

This level covers the following topics:

  • learning the Chinese language
  • impressions of China
  • planning a trip
  • visiting a place
  • seeing a doctor
  • talking about health
  • get-togethers
  • Chinese food and western food

Language/grammar points include:

  • past particle de and noun clauses
  • vocabulary of medical related terms
  • Shenme in negative sentences
  • noun clauses with de
  • direction indicator qu
  • Shenme as an indefinite pronoun
  • Ba sentences
  • sequencing expressions

Learning Outcomes

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

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Module A

Text Book: Colloquial Chinese 2 - The Next Step in Language Learning (Qian Kun) - Units 5-8

This level covers the following topics:

  • Chinese New Year celebration
  • Family reunion
  • Interests and hobbies
  • Chinese literature
  • Education
  • University life
  • Teaching English in China
  • Looking for a job
  • Applying for a job

Language/grammar points include:

  • expressions of exaggeration
  • results/potential results of an action
  • differences between yixie & youxie
  • le at end of a sentence
  • compare and contrast
  • use of de before a noun
  • differences between er, danshi or keshi-however
  • colloquial use of lihai
  • passive voice
  • position of adv-bian
  • noun phrase + de
  • conditional sentences

Module B

Text Book: Colloquial Chinese 2 - The Next Step in Language Learning (Qian Kun) - Units 9-12

This level covers the following topics:

  • Transport and environment
  • Water pollution
  • Computers and the internet
  • Marriage and children
  • One child policy
  • Weddings
  • Reform and change
  • Township and village enterprise
  • Joint venture companies
  • Opening an internet bar

Language/grammar points include:

  • notional passive voice
  • informal passive markers-jiao, rang, gei
  • not only… but also- budan…erqie
  • how to negate xuehui
  • affectionate terms
  • would rather …than…- ningyuan…ye
  • ni as general reference
  • more on ‘ba sentences’
  • difference of wen, rang, jiao and qing
  • rang used as an informal passive marker
  • 4-charactered expressions
  • difference between xinwen and xiaoxi- news

Learning Outcomes

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

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

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

Materials and topics for this level are chosen by the teacher to meet the needs and interests of the students. They include authentic materials and textbook content.

Learning Outcomes

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

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

January Short Course

January Short Course is a two week intensive short course that builds your initial language skills

Level 1A
Monday 15 January 2018 - Thursday 25 January 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours (Course days are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2B
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 3A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 6A
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Saturday Courses

Level 1A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 1B
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 2A
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) AUD $390
Level 5B
Saturday 3 February – Saturday 14 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
9:30am - 11:30am UNSW Main Campus - Blockhouse (Building G6) 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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