Victoria University staff and students can come to our free Mandarin Language Workshops, offered on different dates throughout the year (see below for more).

The VBCI also provides support for school programs; email [email protected] for information.

Chinese Language & Culture Program

The VBCI now offers a Chinese Language and Culture Program.

This is a non-award course which provides participants the opportunity to learn Mandarin and gain an overview of China's changing environment and current business practices.

The course includes:

  • three units on basic Chinese
  • three units on business Chinese
  • one unit of Chinese business language and culture.

Introductory Chinese-language workshops

Ever wanted to learn Chinese? Want to learn more about Chinese culture? Join a free class for VU staff, students or alumni.

Victoria Business Confucius Institute has Chinese culture and Mandarin classes for anyone who is interested but has no Chinese experience or background.

The course is designed and delivered by Victoria Business Confucius Institute to provide participants with an opportunity to learn Chinese Mandarin, gaining an overview of the language. Specifically, it provides an introduction at a reasonable pace with the emphasis on developing listening and speaking skills.

On successful completion of this session participants will:

  • have a basic understanding of Chinese language and its structure
  • be able to perform basic greetings and expressions for daily communication
  • be able to learn Mandarin through some platforms by themselves.

Eligibility

Both Mandarin workshops are for people:

  • who are VU staff, student, alumni
  • who have no prior knowledge or experience in Chinese.

Note: The priority will be given to the newly enrolled students. As the content of the Workshop is mostly the same, if you really want to join and have a revision, you are welcome to register the Workshop. For future Mandarin learning, please refer to our non-award subject at Chinese Language & Culture Program

Our teachers

Our professional teachers have masters degrees or above. We are native speakers of Chinese, and are young, passionate and knowledgeable, with a variety of practical teaching methods.

March & April 2021 courses

There are two kinds of Mandarin workshops, one for VU Alumni, and another for VU staff/student.

The time and date may change. Further confirmation will be sent to people who register.

Week

Date & time

Topics

Week 1

1-2pm

Tuesday, 13 pril

Pronunciation & tones
Pinyin’s structure

Week 2

1–2pm

Thursday, 15 April

Greetings & self-introductions

Week 3

1–2pm

Tuesday, 20 April

Numbers
Age

Week 4

1–2pm

Thursday, 22 April

Countries and peoples

Week 5

1–2pm

Tuesday, 27 April

Drinks and food

 

Course

Date & time

Topics

Week 1
Mandarin Workshop

1-1.45pm

Tuesday, 2 March

Pronunciation & tones

Week 1
Tutorial

1–1.30pm

Wednesday, 3 March

Practice based on the workshop I

Week 2
Mandarin Workshop

1–1.45pm

Tuesday, 9 March

Greetings & self-introductions

Week 2 Tutorial

1–1.30pm

Wednesday, 10 March

Practice based on the workshop 2 

Week 3
Mandarin Workshop

1–1.45pm

Tuesday, 16 March

Numbers

Week 3
Tutorial

1–1.30pm

Practice based on the workshop 3

Week 4
Mandarin Workshop

1–1.45pm

Tuesday, 23 March

Countries and languages

Week 4
Tutorial

1–1.30pm

Wednesday, 24 March

Practice based on the workshop 4

Week 5
Mandarin Workshop

1–1.45pm

Tuesday, 30 March

Drinks and food

Week 5
Tutorial

1–1.30pm

Wednesday, 31 March

Practice based on the workshop 5

Business-degree units

The university-level courses supported by VBCI have a practical focus on successfully conducting business in China.

VBCI draws on the expertise of both VU and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in the curriculum development of business courses.

The courses are delivered by visiting professors from China and local staff.

Our current units, offered by VU and supported by VBCI, include:

We offer sponsored workshops to successful applicants in our tours and cultural programs.

Participants in our two-week China tours will be offered six hours of training in basic Mandarin and Chinese culture, provided free by the VBCI.

We also provide language coaching to Chinese Bridge Competition applicants. The Chinese Bridge Competition is a language and culture program that offers a chance to win a trip to China.