Overview

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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 100 hours of study.

All students must be 18 years or older.

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

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:

Registrations have closed for 2017. Dates for 2018 courses will be available soon.

Registration closing dates
  • Term 1: Sunday 26 February 2017
  • Term 2: Sunday 28 May 2017
  • Term 3: Sunday 27 August 2017
Introductory Modern Chinese I course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 8 Mar - 10 May 2017         Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 6 Jun - 8 Aug 2017 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 3 7 September - 9 November 2017 Thursdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Introductory Modern Chinese II course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 7 Mar - 16 May 2017         Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 7 Jun - 9 Aug 2017 Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 3 5 Sep - 7 Nov 2017 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Introductory Modern Chinese III course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 9 Mar - 11 May 2017 Thursdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 2 6 Jun - 8 Aug 2017 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 3 6 Sep - 8 Nov 2017 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Introductory Modern Chinese IV course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 8 Mar - 10 May 2017         Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 8 Jun - 10 Aug 2017 Thursdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 3 5 Sep - 7 Nov 2017 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Intermediate Chinese I course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 7 Mar - 16 May 2017        Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 2 7 Jun - 9 Aug 2017 Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 3 6 Sep - 8 Nov 2017 Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Intermediate Chinese II course dates
TermDate Day and timeLocation
Term 1 8 Mar - 10 May 2017 Wednesdays 6pm-8pm Kelvin Grove
Term 2 6 June - 8 Aug 2017 Tuesdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point
Term 3 7 Sep - 9 Nov 2017 Thursdays 6pm-8pm Gardens Point

Cost

2018 fees to be confirmed.

2017 fees:

  • Early-bird fees (available up to 1 week before registration closes): $370 (GST included) per person, per course
  • Standard fees: $420 (GST included) per person, per course

Fees include:

  • textbooks
  • printed resources and materials.

Late registration fees

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

Online registrations will be open for 1 week after the closing date, unless the course is full.

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

Contact

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

For registration or payments queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.


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Content

Modern Chinese courses (Introductory Levels I to IV)

The courses will cover:

  • Chinese pronunciation - phonetics, Pinyin
  • basic sentence structures and grammatical features
  • simple conversation
  • simplified Chinese characters

Modern Chinese courses (Intermediate Levels I and II)

Course objectives include:

  • pronunciation
    • good command of Pinyin
    • pronounce unfamiliar words and sentences unaided
    • use and understand pronunciation and intonation in everyday conversation
  • characters
    • master 400 commonly used Chinese characters
    • use these characters to compose appropriate phrases and expressions in daily life
  • vocabulary
    • cover simple topics related to:
      • personal environment
      • school life
      • the workplace
  • conversation
    • master the main sentence stem and understand connotations via modifiers and limiters
    • express emotion in spoken and written Chinese, based on simple rhetoric devices
  • grammar
    • understand and use the following grammatical structures:
      • common modal verbs and prepositions
      • comparative structures
      • progressive aspect
      • particle and negative sentences

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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.

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.