Learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese

In 2020 our basic, intermediate and advanced Chinese language courses will be offered for three terms at Griffith University’s Gold Coast and Nathan campuses. The 12-week terms will start in February, May and August. A free Chinese proficiency assessment will be available to everyone who registers for a course.

Study Mandarin online with us for free! If you are interested in enrolling in an online private or group class please contact A/Prof Shannon Shan for more information.

For more information view our General Chinese Courses Syllabus (doc).

Basic Chinese

Basic Chinese (1) is a 12-week language course for learners with little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin. The course will teach all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The main focus will be on speaking and listening as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and Time Cost Gold CoastSouthbank Nathan
Term 1: 10 February Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegisterRegister
Term 2: 18 May Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00  RegisterRegisterRegister
Term 3: 24 AugustMonday 6 - 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegisterRegister

Special trial offer

*If you enrol in the Beginner Chinese 1 course, you don't have to pay until week 3. Should you decide to continue you will need to register and pay the full $350.00 fee. Please email tci@griffith.edu.au if you are interested in this special trial offer and indicate your preferred study campus (Gold Coast or Nathan).

Basic Chinese (2) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Basic Chinese (1). The course will teach all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The main focus will be on speaking and listening as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and Time Cost Gold Coast Nathan
Term 1: 11 February Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 19 May Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 25 August Tuesday  6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Basic Chinese (3) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Basic Chinese (1) and (2). The course will teach all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The main focus will be on speaking and listening as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 12 February  Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 20 May Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 26 August Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese (1) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of all Basic Chinese courses. The course will teach all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The focus will be on intensive and extensive reading, holding long conversations and more advanced listening as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 11 February Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 19 May Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 25 August Tuesday  6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Intermediate Chinese (2) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Intermediate Chinese (1). The course will teach all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The focus will be on intensive and extensive reading, holding long conversations and more advanced listening as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 12 February Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 20 May Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 26 August Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Intermediate Chinese (3) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Intermediate Chinese (1) and (2). The course will teach all four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The focus will be on intensive and extensive reading, holding long conversations and more advanced listening as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 13 February Thursday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 21 May Thursday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 27 August Thursday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Advanced Chinese

Advanced Chinese (1) is a 12-week language course for learners with good prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of all Intermediate Chinese courses. The course will focus on advanced listening exercises, intensive and extensive reading, topic-based speaking, writing paragraphs and short passages as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 10 February Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 18 May Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 24 August Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Advanced Chinese (2) is a 12-week language course for learners with good prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Advanced Chinese (1). The course will focus on advanced listening exercises, intensive and extensive reading, topic-based speaking, writing paragraphs and short passages as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 11 February Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 19 May Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 25 August Tuesday  6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Advanced Chinese (3) is a 12-week language course for learners with good prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Advanced Chinese (1) and (2). The course will focus on advanced listening exercises, intensive and extensive reading, topic-based speaking, writing paragraphs and short passages as well as covering vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations.

Starting Date Day and TimeCost Gold CoastNathan
Term 1: 12 February Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2:  20 May Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 26 August Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Students please note:

  • If there are fewer than three students enrolled in a class, then that class is subject to cancellation or merging with a similar class.
  • Refund Policy: where a refund results from a situation caused by the Institute, eg cancelled class, a full refund of the fees will be given. No refunds will be issued once a course has commenced. It may take up to three months for you to receive your refund once a claim has been submitted.
  • Hard copies of textbooks for the course will be provided to the paid participants and scanned teaching materials will be ready for the students of free charge.
  • All students are encouraged to have full attendance for the whole term. The TCI does not offer make-up lessons to students who miss a class. We suggest students learn the missed lessons by themselves, and teachers will be available for answering questions via emails, texts and other means of communication.
  • TCI students will be provided with the opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to some traditional Chinese culture activities in Brisbane or on the Gold Coast.
  • China Study Tour: If you have completed one term of TCI courses, you will be eligible for a free two-week China Study Tour (you pay only your international airfare and insurance).
  • Registration Flexibility: Students may register after the deadline if there is space available. Registration will close two weeks before the first class meeting. Please contact the course coordinator A/Prof.Shannon Shan regarding late registration or private classes.
  • Class times are somewhat flexible and may be subject to change with the teacher and students confirmation after the first class meeting.
  • The surcharge for private classes is $150.00. Please click here to pay the extra surcharge.

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