2016 Staff Learning opportunity

In conjunction with UQ’s Institute of Modern Languages (IML), the Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland is offering fully sponsored places to UQ staff to engage in short-term Mandarin study. This important learning opportunity is aimed at participants new to Mandarin providing a sound language base for further study. The course will be over eight sessions (total of 16 hours) commencing on Wednesday 13th April with classes held from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Why learn Mandarin?

Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

Learning Mandarin is without doubt a highly rewarding experience. Speaking and understanding Mandarin will open up new gateways in relation to:

  • Career Development: China is currently Australia’s largest trading partner playing an important role in Australia’s trade strategies and development. In late 2014, a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was formally signed between Australia and China placing further emphasis on the Sino-Australian relationship. With a range of exchange taking place with China, having an understanding of the language will no doubt be advantageous. For UQ staff, this is an opportunity to upskill and further engage in work responsibilities in relation to China.
  • Travel: A number of countries and regions utilise Mandarin as either their primary or supporting language. Language skills will enrich your experience significantly when travelling to Mandarin-speaking regions.
  • Culture: Celebrate Chinese culture through your language skills. With thousands of years of culture and history, language learners can immerse themselves in the Arts, music, cuisine, dance and architecture to name a few.

About the Course

Facilitated with the support of the Institute of Modern Languages (IML), the Chinese (Mandarin) Short Course for Beginners aims to provide learners with the ability to perform basic tasks such as exchanging greetings, asking simple questions and recognising and understanding a basic range of Chinese characters. The course also aims to enable learners to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Course Dates

Proposed Course Dates:

Class Number Course Date
1 Wednesday, 13th April 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
2 Wednesday, 20th April 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
3 Wednesday, 27th April 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
4 Wednesday, 4th May 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
5 Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
6 Wednesday, 18th May 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
7 Wednesday, 25th May 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)
8 Wednesday, 1st June 2016 (4:30pm - 6:30pm)

Applying for this Course

Please email by the 24th March 2016 stating:

  • Name and Position
  • Supervisor details
  • Brief explanation as to how the participant, if selected will benefit from this course and how it will assist in their professional duties (as the application process can be quite competitive, it is suggested that when writing the explanation, emphasis be placed on the reason for selection in this particular course)

Applications will be reviewed with all applicants notified of outcomes via email. Places are limited.

IMPORTANT - Application Notes

  1. As the course encroaches on university business hours, applicants should first discuss this with their supervisor and seek approval to attend. Successful applicants will, by accepting their position in the course (notification will be by email) acknowledge that they have approval from their supervisor to attend. The Confucius Institute will not take responsibility for any disputes between attendees and their respective departments in attending this course.
  2. This program does not fall under the university’s Staff Development program.
  3. Successful applicants will be expected to attend at least 75% of the course. Applicants should therefore consider their availability to attend the classes prior to applying.
  4. Applicants must be a current UQ employee to be eligible for consideration..