Languages short courses

Course Description
Modern Chinese Language Courses The Confucius Institute at QUT is focused exclusively on Chinese language teaching and promotion of Chinese culture.
New Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) This test is designed for non-native Chinese speakers who are learning Chinese language and wish to seek opportunity to work, study or live in China.

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Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

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  • AMB031 Mandarin 1

    This unit introduces students who have little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Mandarin to the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through an integrated communicative approach to teaching. Content will include: the Mandarin sound and tonal systems; the Pinyin Romanisation system; introduction to Chinese character writing, greetings and introductions; expression of family relations, and talking about nationalities, places, objects, locations and directions.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

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  • AMB032 Mandarin 2

    This subject continues to develop the four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through an integrated communicative approach. While there is further consolidation of the knowledge of the Pinyin Romanisation system, greater attention is devoted to the reading and writing of characters. With acquisition of language, students receive further exposure to aspects and characteristics of Chinese culture.

  • AMB033 Mandarin 3

    This unit is designed to meet student needs to further develop their basic knowledge and skills for understanding, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese in a wide range of everyday situations. Eligible students are those who have: successfully completed introductory Mandarin units HHB031/AMB031 and HHB032/AMB032 at QUT, and those who have successfully completed equivalent Mandarin study elsewhere. Graduates from high schools who have completed Year 12 Mandarin should also enrol in this unit. (Students who have undergone primary and secondary education in China and Taiwan are not eligible for this unit. Students who cannot speak Mandarin Chinese but can read and write Chinese script are not eligible either. They can apply to do Mandarin speaking units cross-institutionally at UQ.)

  • AMB034 Mandarin 4

    This unit follows on from AMB033. Students further develop their knowledge and skills needed to understand, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in a wide range of everyday situations and to give presentations on given topics. Resources include textbook, workbook, CDs, DVDs and online multimedia materials. Students learn about 400 Chinese characters and have further exposure to various aspects of Chinese society and culture.

  • AMB045 Chinese - English Translation for Business Communication

    This unit is for students who have a good command of both Chinese language and English and who want to develop their translation and written communication skills applicable to business situations. The unit teaches basic translation theories and helps students develop their skills through a large amount of varied translation practice. The materials used for translation practice include general business correspondence and sample texts in areas of advertising and marketing. The introduction to business Chinese and English and the translation practice also helps students improve their skills in writing business documents.

  • AMB046 Chinese - English Translation on Business Topics

    This unit is for students who have a good command of both Chinese language and English, who want to develop their translation and written communication skills applicable to business situations. The unit teaches basic translation theories and helps students develop their skills through a large amount of varied translation practice. The materials used for translation practice include general business correspondence and sample texts in the areas of accounting, banking and business contracts. The introduction to business Chinese and English and the translation practice also help students improve their skills in writing business documents.

  • AMB047 Chinese - English Liaison Interpreting

    This unit is designed mainly for native speakers of Chinese who study any discipline at QUT and who are interested in developing their interpreting skills applicable to various cross-language and cross-culture oral communication situations. Non-native speakers of Chinese who have acquired native or near-native competence in Chinese language can apply to do this unit too and they need to see the unit coordinator for an assessment interview before final approval. The unit teaches basic interpreting theories and helps students develop practical skills in dialogue interpreting, sight interpreting and consecutive interpreting through a large amount of varied interpreting practice. The knowledge and skills the students acquire through learning this unit will add to their competitive edge when they apply for work in any field of their own discipline.

  • AMB048 Chinese - English Speech Interpreting

    This unit is designed mainly for native speakers of Chinese who study in any discipline at QUT and who are interested in developing their interpreting skills applicable to various cross-language and cross-culture oral communication situations. Non-native speakers of Chinese who have acquired native- or near-native competence in Chinese language can apply to do this unit too and they need to see the unit coordinator for an assessment interview for final approval. The unit teaches basic interpreting theories and help students develop practical skills in dialogue interpreting, sight interpreting and consecutive interpreting through a large amount of varied interpreting practice. Specifically, students will be trained through substantial practices to think and shift rapidly between Chinese and English so that they can conduct various types of interpreting in a wide range of situations.