Learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese

Our beginner, 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 from the second week of March, June and September. A free Chinese proficiency assessment will be available to everyone who registers for a course.

Beginner Chinese

Beginner 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 Coast Nathan
Term 1: 5 March Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 4 June Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 3 September Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

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.

Beginner Chinese (2) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Beginner 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: 6 March Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 5 June Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 4 September Tuesday  6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister

Beginner Chinese (3) is a 12-week language course for learners with some prior knowledge of Mandarin or who have finished the study of Beginner 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: 7 March Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 6 June Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 5 September 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 Beginner 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: 6 March Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 5 June Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 4 September 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: 7 March Wednesday 6 – 7.30p m $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 6 June Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 5 September 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: 8 March Thursday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 7 June Thursday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 6 September 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: 5 March Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 4 June Monday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 3 September 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: 6 March Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 5 June Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 4 September 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: 7 March Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 2: 6 June Wednesday 6 – 7.30 pm $350.00 RegisterRegister
Term 3: 5 September 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.
  • 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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