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Overview

Registrations open for Term 1, 2018 courses.

The Confucius Institute at QUT (CIQ) offers a range of engaging short courses to promote Modern Chinese (Mandarin) learning, as well as a better understanding of Chinese people and their culture.

The small classes are exciting and innovative, with well-qualified teachers experienced in teaching Chinese language and culture to English speakers.

Who should participate

These courses are for anyone interested in learning Modern Chinese (Mandarin), from complete beginners to those with an equivalent of a 120 hours of study.

All students must be 18 years or older.

If you're not sure what level of study is right for you, register for one of our free information evenings where you will meet our teachers and staff.

  • Term 1 information evening: Tuesday, 6 February 2018
  • Term 2 information evening: Wednesday, 9 May 2018
  • Term 3 information evening: Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Prior knowledge

Introductory Chinese
Course Prior knowledge
Introductory Level I No prior knowledge, or very little background knowledge of Chinese language
Introductory Level II Introductory Level I, or the equivalent of 20 hours Chinese language study
Introductory Level III Introductory Level II, or the equivalent of 40 hours Chinese language study
Introductory Level IV Introductory Level III, or the equivalent of 60 hours Chinese language study
Intermediate Modern Chinese
Course Prior knowledge
Intermediate Level I Introductory Level IV, or the equivalent of 80 hours Chinese language study
Intermediate Level II Intermediate Level I, or the equivalent of 100 hours Chinese language study
Advanced Chinese
Course Prior knowledge
Advanced Level IIntermediate Level II, or the equivalent of 120 hours Chinese language study

Delivery

Where:

Courses are held at our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses.

QUT Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane
Qld 4001

QUT Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059

When:

Registration closing dates
  • Term 1: Sunday 25 February 2018
  • Term 2: Sunday 27 May 2018
  • Term 3: Sunday 26 August 2018
Introductory Modern Chinese I course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 6 Mar - 8 May 2018; Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Introductory Modern Chinese II course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 8 Mar - 10 May 2018 Thursdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Introductory Modern Chinese III course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 6 Mar - 8 May 2018 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Introductory Modern Chinese IV course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 7 Mar - 16 May 2018 Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Intermediate Chinese I course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 8 Mar - 10 May 2018 Thursdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Intermediate Chinese II course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 7 Mar - 16 May 2018; Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Advanced Chinese I course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 5 Mar - 21 May 2018 Mondays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 Week starting 4 Jun - 10 Aug 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA
Term 3 Week starting 3 Sep - 9 Nov 2018 TBC 6pm-8pm TBA

Cost

Registration typeCost
Early bird (available up to 1 week before registration closes) $370 (GST included)
Standard $420 (GST included)

Fees include:

  • textbooks
  • printed resources and materials.

Late registration fees

  • $50 (GST included) per person, per course.

Late registrations may be accepted if approved by the Director of the Confucius Institute. Email Continuing Professional Education to receive approval.

We won't accept registrations once the course has started.

Discounts

  • QUT staff (10% discount)
  • QUT Alumni (10% discount)

You may also be eligible for a 10% discount if:

  • you're returning after studying in the previous term
  • you have referred a friend.

Contact

For more information about course content, contact Wendy Hii at the Confucius Institute.

For registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.


Registrations open for Term 1, 2018 courses.

Course content

Introductory Modern Chinese courses (Levels I to IV)

The courses will cover all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a focus on listening and speaking.

  • Pronunciation: master the pinyin system, proper pronunciation and tones.
  • Vocabulary: cover simple topics including greetings, food, travel and business necessities.
  • Grammar: use basic sentence structures and follow simple grammar rules.
  • Reading: understand important characters.

Intermediate Modern Chinese courses (Levels I and II)

The courses will cover all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a focus on listening, speaking, and reading.

  • Vocabulary: cover simple topics related to personal life and business.
  • Grammar: understand and follow common rules including modal verbs and prepositions, comparative structures, progressive aspect, and particle and negative sentences.
  • Reading: understand commonly used characters.
  • Writing: use common Chinese characters to write simple messages.

Advanced Modern Chinese course (Level I)

The course will cover all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

  • Vocabulary: recognise and use common Chinese words related to daily life, news and current events, personal opinions and business.
  • Grammar: use correct grammar in text and speech.
  • Reading: understand contemporary Chinese language media.
  • Writing: express yourself clearly, personally and professionally.

Registration info

Registrations open for Term 1, 2018 courses.

Payment

When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.

To receive the 10% discount for QUT staff, QUT Alumni and other 10% discounts, please email Continuing Professional Education before registering to request a VIP discount code. QUT staff and students must use their QUT email account.

Cancellation

To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel your registration by close of business on the Monday prior to the first class, you will receive a refund less the $50 administration fee.

Refund requests made after this date are subject to approval.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.

Transfer policy

If you enrol in a course level that you find isn't suitable, you can email the Confucius Institute during your first week to request a transfer to another course level. Transfers are subject to course availability.