Course Summary

Mandarin is one of the most popular languages on the planet. Learning this language will potentially open a window to communicate with over 955 million native speakers.

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.

Course Sessions

Wednesday, 14th August - 8 classes

Session ID DLV84008C
14 Aug - 2 Oct 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$385 / $366 (conc)
Gloria Xiao

Thursday, 12th September - 8 classes

Session ID DLV84009C
12 Sep - 31 Oct 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$385 / $366 (conc)

Tuesday, 15th October - 8 classes

Session ID DLV84010C
15 Oct - 10 Dec 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$385 / $366 (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.

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 from:

LANGUAGE INTERNATIONAL, 15 Station Street, Kew East Vic 3102 ph: (03) 9857 0030

CHINA BOOKS (MELBOURNE), 234 Swanston Street, Level 2 ph: (03) 9663 8822 

***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: July 23, 2024 04:33pm