Chinese Fourth Year

Chinese Fourth Year is suitable for students who have completed the Chinese Third Year course, or attained the equivalent proficiency elsewhere, including any in-country experience.

Students should comprehend most of what is said when spoken slowly on familiar topics; demonstrate knowledge of basic synonyms and alternative ways of expressing simple ideas.

Students should be able to communicate, in written form and speech, details in the past, present and future tenses; demonstrate ability to read commonly used characters with no pinyin. Students should be able to understand and converse mostly in the target language.

  • What is covered in the course?

    • Discuss topics from a variety of perspectives.
    • Understand and to an extent use different forms of the language such as the the informal, formal and honorific (where applicable).
    • Read and write informal and formal correspondence.
    • Report upon and discuss to a limited extent topics relating to Chinese culture.
    • Understand and use idioms and colloquialisms.
  • Should I attend?

    Chinese Fourth Year is suitable for those who have completed Chinese Third Year at PACE, or attained the equivalent proficiency elsewhere, including any in-country experience.

    It is also suitable for heritage speakers who seek more formal learning, or previous learners returning to the language after an absence who possess the required competency for study at this level.

    The course will follow a format where you will learn from teacher-directed instruction and task-based activities; this format provides you greater opportunity to interact in Chinese and learn the structure of the language for functional use.

    The course is delivered in Chinese by experienced adult educators and the teaching style is interactive, giving you the opportunity to learn with, and from others.

    You are expected to spend an equal amount of time on individual study between sessions.

    Textbooks are required at an additional cost, details are available upon enrolment.

    Please note: Please feel free to contact us and speak with a course adviser if you need assistance in selecting the appropriate course or level of study for you. Alternatively, to help find a suitable level of study in your preferred language, you can self assess your language level. Entry to full year courses is possible at any time of the year. It is your responsibility to determine if you have the required language competency to manage the course content at the point of entry.

  • How will I benefit?

    Learning another language doesn't only open the door to different cultures but is also a great way of giving your brain a boost!

    Practising a language requires considerable mental gymnastics between the numerous areas of the brain. The brain benefits from these exercises: research has shown, people who are multilingual seem to be more adept at finding the correct responses, at multi-tasking, at focusing on the crux of the issue, even in complex situations. Research indicates that knowing and using two languages reduces your chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and can improve memory and slow age-related decline in mental activity.

  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways CPD Points and Certification

    • Upon successful completion of the course, and meeting attendance requirements, you will receive a hard copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion OR
    • You may elect to take an optional Assessment of Competency and you will be awarded a Certificate of Competency upon achieving the required standard.
    • This is not an award course. However, there are some institutions that may recognise this course as a unit of study. Students should check with the institution concerned regarding recognition.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning=1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.

Available course dates:

No dates for this course are currently being offered. Please register your interest for future dates by emailing