Course Summary

Mandarin: Elementary 1 is a beginners’ course focusing on the attainment of basic conversational and grammatical skills. It provides an introduction to daily life in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and is ideal for travellers or those wishing to learn more about the culture and society of Mainland China.

Language Modules at CAE


Elementary:  Levels 1 to 6

Understands and communicates simple personal and work-related messages.

Intermediate: 1 – 4

Understands and communicates any important information both in writing and orally.

Advanced: 1 – 4

–  Can understand, communicate and put into practice standard information both in everyday life and work related situations.

–  Puts complex information into practice, both in everyday life and in work situations, presentations and meetings.

Proficient: 1 – 4

Expert: 1 – 6

If you have previous knowledge in a particular language, we will be happy to suggest a course for you, give us a call and we will assess your skills. 9652 0611

Course Sessions

Tuesday, 10th April - 9 classes

Session ID DLV84007C
10 Apr - 5 Jun 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

Thursday, 3rd May - 9 classes

Session ID DLV84008C
3 May - 28 Jun 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

This 18-hour course focuses on speaking and listening so that students will be able to communicate effectively on everyday topics, such as:

  • Meeting people;
  • Talking a bit about yourself, i.e. where you are from and what you do for a living;
  • Identifying others, asking about nationalities and occupations;
  • Understanding numbers, how to use them for phone numbers, prices and measuring units;
  • Talking about family members and relationships;
  • Basic and common polite terms when you greet others and ask for permission.

Students will learn the fundamentals of grammar so they can construct their own sentences and questions, and they will take the first steps in reading and writing. The course covers basic grammatical concepts, but is primarily aimed at introducing the sounds of spoken Mandarin. Students will learn the Chinese alphabet, the four tones of Pinyin, basic structures of writing Chinese characters, and will practise conversational skills in a variety of everyday situations. The course focuses on oral and aural skills, and developing a good understanding of grammar, through homework and in-class exercises.

By the end of the course students should have:

  • a basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese grammar;
  • a basic vocabulary allowing them to read simple texts;
  • the ability to introduce themselves in Mandarin Chinese, and use the language for a variety of everyday situations;
  • an understanding of the relationship of Mandarin Chinese to other Chinese languages such as Cantonese and regional dialogues in mainland China.

Pen and paper.

Textbook: New Practical Chinese Reader 1 (2nd Edition), Beijing Language And Culture University Press, 2012. ISBN 9787561926239. 

New Practical Chinese Reader 1 Workbook (2nd Edition), Beijing Language And Culture University Press, 2012. ISBN 9787561926222

Available at Language International Bookshop and China Books

***Cancellations or postponements are notified 48 hours before class commencement. Please consider this before purchasing class materials***

For further information please contact Languages Centre on 96520677 or email

Suitable for people who are intending to visit or do business in China, or simply would like to learn a new language and gain cultural insights.

Last updated: March 16, 2018 12:32pm