Workplace Chinese

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Photograph of Chinese lanterns hanging from a buildingOverview:
In this introductory course, specially tailored for the New Zealand workplace, you will learn the basics of Chinese language and culture. You will gain a greater understanding of conducting business with China, including receiving Chinese visitors, visiting China, and business communications with Chinese.

You will have the opportunity to sit the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) standard Chinese language test, Level 1, at the end of the course. Test is optional and involves a small fee that is not included in the course fee.

Course materials:
Printed course materials will be provided.

Target audience:
This course will benefit anyone who is involved with China or Chinese in the work context.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Master Chinese Language pronunciation, including the recognition and writing of Pinyin, four tones;
  • Use the oral communication, including greeting, self-introduction and asking questions;
  • Understand basic differences between Chinese Language and English;
  • Gain a better understanding of Chinese culture and society as it relates to professional interactions;
  • Learn elements and constructions of Chinese characters and become capable of writing 20-50 Chinese characters.
  • Learn HSK 1 vocabulary as request

Course outline:
Session 1: Introduction of Chinese Language

  • Different forms of greetings

Session 2: Greeting and Introduction

  • Ask and give personal information
  • Chinese Name Culture
  • Learn nationalities and names of countries

Session 3: Job related topics

  • Tailored to student's needs

Session 4: Etiquette and Small Talk

  • Toasting, cultural differences 

Session 5: Numbers and Date

  • Understand days of the week & months of the year 
  • Understand numbers up to 100

Session 6: Daily routine

  • Understand and explain a basic itinerary 

Session 7: Directions and Transportation

  • Speak about locations in a city
  • Different transportation

Session 8: Shopping

  • Price and online shopping

Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.

There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea, coffee and a light snack are provided.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early.

Chunxiao Lu is a native Chinese speaker from the Northeast region of Dalian in China. She has an MA in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and a Certificate of Putonghua Proficiency Test at Level 1.

"The immersive style of teaching was perfect for the course - it got everyone outside their comfort zone and actually using the language which was awesome and exactly what I was hoping for.", Workplace Chinese (2019)

"The introduction to Chinese culture was a very good idea as it helped us understand the language better.", Workplace Chinese (2019)

Relevant links:
School of Languages and Cultures
Confucius Institute
Language Learning Centre

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.

Victoria University - Pipitea Campus - Room GB238

May 29, 2020 1:30 PM