Chinese language courses

The Confucius Institute offers a range of Mandarin language courses open to the general community. Whether you are a beginner or just want to polish your Chinese language skills, these courses will provide you with the language training that suits your needs.


Hear what our students say

My studies at the Confucius Institute have been a fantastic experience for me. I began beginners classes at the start of 2015. Since then my thirst to learn the language grows with each passing day. If it were not for the structure and the well delivered classes I know I would never have come this far. The teachers are very conscientious and dedicated. There really is no better method of self-improvement than learning this beautiful language at the Confucius Institute.

- Tim Boyd

I have been learning Chinese for three terms now and am grateful for having chosen the Confucius Institute. The teacher is amazing and the encouragement to read everything in characters has improved my learning greatly. I always look forward to Tuesdays and would highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to learn the language.

- Hayley Gates

We love our Chinese language lessons. It's fun, easy to comprehend, and very interesting. Our granddaughter is also learning with us and love it. All our teachers are very good. 

- John and Heather Anderson

The reason I have started to learn Chinese is because I have traveled to China a couple of times. Studying Mandarin will help me communicate and understand the people, culture and language next time I travel there. The class and teachers are very friendly and I have a lot of fun.

- Yvonne Nicol


This 10-hour course is suitable for complete beginners and aims to equip students with a very basic grounding in spoken Chinese. The content covers personal information, communication for survival, daily life, social activities, etc., focusing on satisfying the basic needs for communication in daily life.

Students who wish to continue to learn Chinese may take Chinese 101 as a preparatory course for the Beginner's level Chinese courses offered by the Confucius Institute.

Term 3 2015
Start Dates
 Tuesday 12pm-1pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Duration 1hr per week x 10 weeks
Fee $160 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Confucius Institute, IDC Building, Callaghan Campus
Instructor Yaqin Chen (Maggie)

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This 10-hour course is suitable for students who have completed Chinese 101. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught through an integrated communicative approach. The focus is on further developing listening and speaking skills.

Students who wish to continue to learn Chinese after Chinese 102 can take Chinese Beginners 2 course.

Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Tuesday 1pm-2pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Duration 1hr per week x 10 weeks
Fee $160 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Confucius Institute, IDC Building, Callaghan Campus
Instructor Yaqin Chen (Maggie)

This course is for those with no experience of Chinese language. It starts with simple and practical everyday Chinese. Your language competence will be developed step-by-step using listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand basic and well-pronounced words/expressions and simple sentences that are related to personal and daily activities
  • Respond to simple greetings, introduce oneself and exchange basic personal information
  • Pronounce Pinyin and some simple characters
  • Write simple characters learned in class
  • Know common social etiquettes and customs in Chinese culture
Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Monday 6pm-8pm, starts 13 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Wednesday 6pm-8pm, starts 15 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Tuesday 6pm-8pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Ourimbah
Duration 2hrs per week x 10 weeks
Fee $320 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Language Centre, Callaghan Campus
EXSA Building, Ourimbah Campus
Instructor Shuoyu Liu (April)
Xiaoyu Ran (Summer)

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This course is for people who have a little experience of Chinese language. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught through an integrated communicative approach. The focus is on further developing listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Begin to identify basic components of Chinese characters and radicals, strokes and stroke order
  • Master basic word order and sentence patterns
  • Can express greetings, thanks, apologies and farewells
  • Experience the Chinese cultural value-systems
  • Examine commonalities and differences between Chinese culture and their own culture
Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Monday 6pm - 8pm, starts 13 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Monday 6pm - 8pm, starts 13 July 2015 @ Ourimbah
Duration 2hrs per week x 10 weeks
Fee $320 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Language Centre, Callaghan Campus
Information Resource Centre (Library), Ourimbah Campus
Instructor Min Yuan (Julia)
     NoteThe course at the Ourimbah Campus will be taught via video conferencing.

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This course is for people who have some prior experience of Chinese language. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught through an integrated communicative approach. The focus is on further developing listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Able to identify components of Chinese characters and common radicals
  • Master about 150 commonly used Chinese characters closely related to daily life
  • Master more complicated word order and sentence patterns
  • Exchange greetings, express thanks, likes and dislikes, abilities, talk about health, make complaints etc.
  • Begin to understand expressions of emotions and feelings
  • Experience the Chinese cultural value-systems
  • Examine commonalities and differences between Chinese culture and their own culture
Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Thursday 6pm-8pm, starts 16 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Tuesday 6pm-8pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Ourimbah
Duration 2hrs per week x 10 weeks
Fee $320 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Language Centre, Callaghan Campus
Information Resource Centre (Library), Ourimbah Campus
Instructor Yaqin Chen (Maggie)

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A course for those with experience of Chinese language. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be taught through an integrated communicative approach. The focus is on further developing listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to identify more complicated components of Chinese characters and common radicals
  • Master about 400 commonly used Chinese characters closely related to daily life;
  • Master more complicated word order and sentence patterns
  • Can understand brief questions, replies, demands, and requests closely related to daily life
  • Can express emotions and feelings
  • Experience the Chinese cultural value-systems
  • Examine commonalities and differences between Chinese culture and their own culture
Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Thursday 6pm - 8pm, starts 16 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Tuesday 6pm - 8pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Ourimbah
Duration 2hrs per week x 10 weeks
Fee $320 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Language Centre, Callaghan Campus
Informatin Resource Centre (Library), Ourimbah Campus
Instructor Yaqin Chen (Maggie)
Xiaoyu Ran (Summer)

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This course is most suitable for those who have studied Chinese for 80-120 hours.

Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to identify and understand about 1000 frequently used Chinese characters;
  • Master relatively complicated word order and sentence structures;
  • Can understand and ask questions about common topics;
  • Be capable of expressing emotions and feelings.
Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Wednesday 6pm-8pm, starts 15 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Wednesday 6pm-8pm, starts 15 July 2015 @ Ourimbah
Duration 2hrs per week x 10 weeks
Fee $320 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Language Centre, Callaghan Campus
Information Resource Centre (Library), Ourimbah Campus
Instructor Shuoyu Liu (April)
      Note The course at the Ourimbah Campus will be taught via video conferencing.

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This course is most suitable for those who have studied Chinese for 120 hours or more.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to identify and understand about 2000 common Chinese characters;
  • Master complicated word order and sentence structures;
  • Can easily communicate with native speakers on common topics;
  • Be capable of expressing emotions and feelings fluently and accurately.
Term 3 2015
Start Dates
Monday 6pm - 8pm, starts 13 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Tuesday 6pm - 8pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Wednesday 6pm - 8pm, starts 15 July 2015 @ Callaghan
Tuesday 6pm - 8pm, starts 14 July 2015 @ Ourimbah
Duration 2hrs per week x 10 weeks
Fee $320 (incl GST) (free textbook + CD included)
Location Language Centre, Callaghan Campus
Information Resources Centre (Library), Ourimbah Campus
Instructor Jonathan Yi
Shuoyu Liu (April)
  NoteThe course at the Ourimbah Campus will be taught via video conferencing.

Pay and Enrol Here >