Version Effective: 2nd of May, 2018
Version Effective: 2nd of May, 2018

PDC52836 - Conversational Mandarin for Beginners

Course Details

Course Summary

This short Online Course is an introduction to conversational Mandarin Chinese. This course is ideal for those wanting to gain a fundamental language skill for everyday use and communication in Mandarin.

Mandarin Chinese is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and is spoken by almost one-fifth world’s population. In recent years, CQUniversity and its broader communities have increased connections and activities with Chinese counterparts in educational, academic, cultural and business exchanges and relations.

Conversational Mandarin for Beginners is a short course designed for staff from within the University and members of local communities who are interested in gaining fundamental spoken Mandarin for everyday use and communication purpose. The course is also to deliver Chinese cultural awareness training to the students while learning the language.

The fee for this short course will be $185.00.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
  • International
Fees For detailed information on Course Fees, visit Short Course Fees
Application Mode
  • Other
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Study Area Please Enquire
Skill Area
  • General Education and Training

Admission Codes

International Students
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to enrol in this short course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Upon successful completion of the course students will be awarded 15 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Course Structures
Standard Course Structure

15 hours delivered over 10 weeks (1.5 hrs per week).

The course will be open to each cohort for 10 weeks with weekly readings and a live webinar every Thursday from 11-00am to 12-30 pm.

  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the basic phonetic system of Pinyin and the four tones

2. Identify the basic sentence structures of Mandarin Chinese

3. Outline simple conversations in Mandarin under the situations relating to language topics of this course.

The course consists of eight topics which are related to everyday conversations of Mandarin users.

The eight topics include:

  1. Greetings
  2. Asking date and time
  3. Asking name and nationalities
  4. Do you speak Mandarin
  5. Talking about family
  6. Dining in a Chinese restaurant
  7. Shopping
  8. Talking about the weather.

Upon completion of the course, students will have gained a basic understanding of the Mandarin Chinese language including its pronunciation (the 'Pinyin' system), tones and sentence structures. Through learning and practising the content of the course, students should be able to conduct simple conversations with Chinese speakers under the situations relating to the language topics.



Where and when can I start?
The availabilities listed here are for 2019 and beyond.
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