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Mandarin 1 (Beginner 1)

Text Book:

Conversational Chinese 301, Book 1 (Lessons 1-8)

Pre-requisites:

No prior knowledge

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Introduction to Mandarin
  • Mandarin pronunciation and the Pinyin phonetic alphabet
  • Formal and informal greetings and leave-taking
  • Name, nationality, job and age
  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Family and friends
  • Numbers
  • Asking the time
  • Daily activities
  • Day and date
  • Making suggestions

Grammar:

  • Yes/no questions
  • This is/that is
  • Have/not have
  • Question words: ‘shenme’, ‘ne’, ‘ba’, ‘shei’
  • Topic + comment structure
  • ‘… hao ma?’

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Greet people formally and informally
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Discuss and gather personal information about jobs, nationalities and age
  • Discuss family members and marital status
  • Ask the time and date
  • Describe daily activities
  • Make suggestions
  • Particle ‘le’
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Mandarin 2 (Beginner 2)

Text Book:

Conversational Chinese 301, Book 1 (Lessons 9-16)

Pre-requisites:

No prior knowledge

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Revision of Mandarin pronunciation and the Pinyin phonetic alphabet
  • Revision of numbers
  • Revision of other key topics from Mandarin 1
  • Locations
  • Giving directions
  • Monetary units
  • Measure words
  • Shopping
  • Changing buses
  • Money exchange
  • Phone calls
  • Past experiences

Grammar:

  • Affirmative-negative questions
  • Location and direction words
  • More question words: where, how, why, etc
  • Measure words
  • More on particle ‘le’
  • Reduplication of verbs
  • Modal verbs ‘xiang’, ‘yao’, ‘keyi’
  • Modal verb ‘hui’
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Sentences with ‘gei’
  • Verbs with the result complement (1)
  • Past experiences: verb + ‘guo’

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Describe locations and give directions
  • Handle monetary units and express different currencies
  • Go shopping
  • Arrange to go out for various activities
  • Talk about clothes, sizes, colour and prices
  • Travel by bus
  • Exchange money
  • Make phone calls
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Mandarin 3 (Elementary 1)

Text Book:

Conversational Chinese 301, Books 1 & 2 (Lessons 17-24)

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 1 & 2 or 30-40 hours of prior study

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Reinforcing Mandarin pronunciation and the Pinyin phonetic alphabet
  • Revision of measure words
  • Revision of money, prices, size and colours
  • Weather and climate
  • Leisure and sports
  • Picking up people from the airport
  • Food and drink
  • Inviting people to events
  • Declining an invitation
  • Persuasion
  • Apologies, running late and being absent
  • Borrowing and lending things
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Questions of choice: or
  • Verbs with the directional complement (1)
  • ‘Shi … de’ structure
  • ‘Yao … le’
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Not at all: ‘yi … ye bu’
  • Asking for permission and responding
  • The modal verb can
  • Continuous and future tenses
  • Adverbs ‘hai’ and ‘zai’
  • Adverbs ‘cai’ and ‘jiu’
  • Verbs with the result complement (2)
  • ‘Shi bu shi’

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Discuss the weather and climate
  • Issue an invitation and decline an invitation politely
  • Talk about sports and leisure
  • Express different concepts of ‘can’
  • Order food and drinks
  • Apologise
  • Read 20 characters
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Mandarin 4 (Elementary 2)

Text Book:

Conversational Chinese 301, Book 2 (Lessons 25-32)

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 3 or 50-60 hours of prior study

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Character revision
  • Review expressing past experiences
  • Revision of all question words
  • Praising and responding
  • Making strong suggestions
  • Making comparisons
  • More about the weather
  • More on sports and leisure
  • Language learning
  • Travel experiences
  • Buying air and train tickets
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Both … and: ‘you … you’
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Verbs with the potential complement (1)
  • Past and perfect tenses
  • Comparisons with ‘bi’
  • If: ‘yaoshi’
  • ‘Ba’ sentences
  • Chinese proverbs
  • Complex sentences
  • More on adverbs
  • Verbs with the duration complement (1)
  • As soon as … then …: ‘yi … jiu’

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Offer congratulations on various occasions
  • Make comparisons
  • Discuss language learning
  • Discuss travel experiences
  • Give travel advice
  • Buy air and train tickets
  • Read 50-60 characters
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Mandarin 5 (Intermediate 1)

Text Book:

Conversational Chinese 301, Book 2 (Lessons 33-40)

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 4 or 60-80 hours of prior study. Knowledge of 50-60 characters

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Character revision
  • Revision of complex sentences
  • Booking a hotel room
  • Seeing a doctor (1)
  • Comforting people
  • Seeing people off at a train station or railway
  • Shipment of luggage
  • Bon voyage
  • Helping people to make arrangements
  • More Chinese proverbs
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Reduplication of adjectives
  • More on ‘ba’ sentences
  • More on complex sentences
  • More adverbs
  • More measure words
  • Verbs with the result complement (3)
  • Passive voice: ‘bei’
  • Verbs with the duration complement (2)
  • Verbs with the potential complement (2)
  • ‘yi … jiu …’
  • the more …, the more …
  • the adjective ‘getting’: ‘yue lai yue’
  • continuation and progression of an action: ‘zhe’

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Book a hotel room
  • See a doctor
  • Comfort people
  • See people off at a train station or airport
  • Ship luggage
  • Use more Chinese proverbs
  • Read 100-150 characters
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Mandarin 6 (Intermediate 2)

Text Book:

Colloquial Chinese, Book 2 (Lessons 1-4)

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 5 or 100 hours of prior study.

Knowledge of 100-150 characters

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Your experience learning Mandarin
  • Travel experiences in China
  • Organizing a travel itinerary
  • Travel advice
  • Chinese culture
  • Seeing a doctor (2)
  • Health and exercise
  • Chinese food
  • Organizing a party
  • Comparing Chinese and Western food
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Verb + object + verb + ‘de’ (得) + complement
  • ‘Lian … ye …’ (连 …也 …)
  • ‘Duoshao’ (多少) versus ‘ji’ (几)
  • ‘Shi … de’ (是 … 的) to indicate the past
  • The comparative using ‘bi’ (比)
  • While: ‘yibian … yibian …’ (一边 … 一边 …)
  • Verb with complement ‘wan’ (完)
  • Using ‘de … bing’ (得 … 病) to describe health problems
  • ‘More’ + verb: ‘duo’ (多) + verb
  • ‘Shenme’ (什么) used in negative sentences and as an indefinite pronoun
  • ‘Bingqie’ (并且) versus ‘he’ (和)
  • ‘Ba’ (把)
  • ‘Or’: ‘haishi’ (还是) versus ‘huozhe’ (或者)

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Discuss your Chinese language learning experience
  • Discuss travel experiences and organize an itinerary
  • Give and ask for directions
  • Use public transport
  • Talk about health conditions and see a doctor
  • Plan a leisure activity
  • Discuss the difference between Chinese food and Western food
  • Read 150-200 characters
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Mandarin 7 (Upper Intermediate 1)

Text Book:

Colloquial Chinese, Book 2 (Lessons 5-8)

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 6 or 120 hours of prior study

Knowledge of 150-200 characters

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Celebrating Chinese New Year
  • Personal interests and hobbies
  • Chinese literature
  • Sports and games
  • Primary school education in China
  • University life in China
  • Studying overseas
  • Looking for jobs
  • Aspirations and careers
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Adverbs: ‘cai’ (才) versus ‘jiu’ (就)
  • Chinese couplets (春联)
  • Plural ‘-men’ (们)
  • 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac
  • ‘Since’: ‘zicong … yilai’ (自从 … 以来)
  • More on verbs with the result complement or the potential complement
  • ‘Yixie’ (一些) versus ‘youxie’ (有些)
  • More on particle ‘le’ (了)
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • ‘However’: ‘er’ (而) or ‘danshi’ (但是)
  • Topic-comment sentence structure
  • The passive voice
  • Conditional sentences (‘If … ‘)

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Convey Chinese New Year greetings
  • Discuss personal interests and hobbies
  • Discuss education in China
  • Discuss overseas study experiences
  • Discuss aspirations and career paths
  • Read at least 300 characters
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Mandarin 8 (Upper Intermediate 2)

Text Book:

Colloquial Chinese, Book 2 (Lessons 9-12)

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 7 or 120-150 hours of prior study

Knowledge of 300 characters

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Public transport
  • Environmental issues
  • Computers and the internet
  • New technology and the information revolution
  • Marriage as a social issue
  • Child rearing
  • Lifestyle changes in China
  • The Open Door Policy and reform in China
  • Urban and country life in China
  • China’s economic growth (1)
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Formal passive voice marker ‘bei’ (被)
  • ‘Dei’ (得): have to and its negative form
  • Informal passive voice markers: 让,叫,给…
  • More on end of sentence particle ‘le’ (了)
  • ‘Not only … but also …’ (不但 … 而且 …)
  • 在 … 上
  • 学 versus 学会
  • ‘De’ (得) before a verbal phrase or clause
  • 宁愿 … 也 …
  • 凑合
  • 无论 … 还是 …, 不管… 还是 …
  • More on 把 sentences
  • 虽然 … 但是 …
  • 要是 …,就好了!
  • Idioms and proverbs (成语和俗语,俚语)

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Discuss public transport
  • Discuss environmental issues
  • Discuss the influence of computers and the internet on people’s lives
  • Discuss new technology and its impact on everyday life
  • Discuss marriage and children
  • Discuss lifestyle changes
  • Discuss economic growth
  • Read 400 characters
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Mandarin Advanced 1

Text Book:

Material provided by Macquarie Mandarin

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin 8 or 150 hours of prior study

Knowledge of 400 characters

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Reading about and discussing recent events and other topical issues
  • Giving an oral presentation
  • Social issues
  • Business issues
  • Chinese culture
  • Slang, proverbs, idioms
  • Character study

Grammar:

  • Grammar points from the reading material provided
  • Complex sentences
  • Useful expressions
  • Written and colloquial expression
  • Formal and informal styles

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Discuss social life in China
  • Discuss social issues in China
  • Use more slang, proverbs and idioms
  • Give a speech at a social occasion or present a report at a business event
  • Communicate at a higher level in a variety of contexts
  • Understand spoken and written Mandarin in a variety of contexts
  • Read approximately 800 characters
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Mandarin Advanced 2

Text Book:

Material provided by Macquarie Mandarin

Pre-requisites:

Mandarin Advanced 1 or 180 hours of prior study

Knowledge of 800 characters

Learning Outcomes:

Topics:

  • Cultural/social topics
  • The changing world
  • Global issues
  • Youth culture
  • Individuals and the community
  • China’s economic growth (2)
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Further news studies

Grammar:

  • Grammar points from the reading material provided
  • Complex sentences
  • Useful expressions
  • More slang terms
  • Written and colloquial expression
  • Formal and informal styles

Outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Express your ideas, opinions and thoughts on various topics
  • Discuss attitudes, opinions and ideas
  • Better understand written and spoken language
  • Argue and debate various topics
  • Use a wider range of vocabulary
  • Understand different Mandarin genres