Learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese

We offer a number of Chinese language courses in Cairns. Our courses will be held at the Cairns School of Distance Education and will run for a period of 10 weeks. A free Chinese proficiency test will be available to anyone who registers for a course.

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Level 1 Chinese language courses will be offered for three terms by teachers from the TCI. Each course will meet for ten sessions, once a week. Classes will not meet on public holidays or during the school holidays. The classroom is located at the Cairns School of Distance Education or other cooperating schools. A free assessment will be offered to all those who intend to register for our courses.

Please contact Angela Bi for more information, tel. 0401 619 598 or email tci@griffith.edu.au.

Young ChineseStarting date Day and timeVenueCost
Term 122 JanuaryMonday 4 – 5.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 216 AprilMonday 4 – 5.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 316 JulyMonday 4 – 5.30 pmCSDE$300.00

Level 1 Chinese language courses will be offered for three terms by teachers from the TCI. Each course will meet for ten sessions, once a week. Classes will not meet on public holidays or during the school holidays. The classroom is located at the Cairns School of Distance Education or other cooperating schools. A free assessment will be offered to all those who intend to register for our courses.

Please contact Angela Bi for more information, tel. 0401 619 598 or email tci@griffith.edu.au.

Basic Chinese 1Starting dateDay and timeVenueCost
Term 123 JanuaryTuesday  5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 217 AprilTuesday  5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 317JulyTuesday  5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00

Special Trial Offer!

If you enroll in the Basic 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 $300.00 fee. Please send an email to tci@griffith.edu.au if you are interested in this special trial offer.

Level 1 Chinese language courses will be offered for three terms by teachers from the TCI. Each course will meet for ten sessions, once a week. Classes will not meet on public holidays or during the school holidays. The classroom is located at the Cairns School of Distance Education or other cooperating schools. A free assessment will be offered to all those who intend to register for our courses.

Please contact Angela Bi for more information, tel. 0401 619 598 or email tci@griffith.edu.au.

Tourism Chinese 1Starting DateDay and TimeVenueCost
Term 124 JanuaryWednesday  5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 218 AprilWednesday 5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 318 JulyWednesday 5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00

Level 1 Chinese language courses will be offered for three terms by teachers from the TCI. Each course will meet for ten sessions, once a week. Classes will not meet on public holidays or during the school holidays. The classroom is located at the Cairns School of Distance Education or other cooperating schools. A free assessment will be offered to all those who intend to register for our courses.

Please contact Angela Bi for more information, tel. 0401 619 598 or email tci@griffith.edu.au.

Business Chinese 1Starting dateDay and timeVenueCost
Term 125 JanuaryThursday  5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 219 AprilThursday 5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00
Term 319 JulyThursday 5 – 6.30 pmCSDE$300.00

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.
  • Textbooks and exercise books for will be provided to all course participants. Students need to bring a notebook and writing utensil or tablet/computer to take notes.
  • Basic Chinese language students can purchase access to an online learning website.
  • The TCI does not offer make-up lessons to students who miss a class. We suggest students learn the missed lessons by themselves, and the teacher will spend a certain amount of time in answering questions once a week.
  • All current TCI students will receive complimentary tickets to a traditional Chinese New Year show by professional performers.
  • If you are between the ages of 15–30 and have completed and/or have paid in advance for a total of three TCI courses, you will be eligible for a free two week China Study Tour (you pay only your international airfare and insurance).
  • Students may register after the deadline if there is space available.
  • Class times are somewhat flexible, and the exact times will be determined after the first class meeting by those present.
  • The surcharge for private classes is $150.00. Please click here to pay the extra surcharge.

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