Chinese Third Year

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

It is also suitable for previous learners returning to the language after an absence who possess the required competency for study at this level.

By the end of the course students should be able to understand the main point(s) and some details in highly contextualised dialogue or texts; express needs, describe, compare, and demonstrate use of adequate working vocabulary showing some knowledge of synonyms.

Students should also be able to write simple text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest, displaying understanding of sentence and question patterns. They should be able to read and understand most course material using characters with limited pinyin.

  • What is covered in the course?

    • Describe personal experiences in the past.
    • Describe future intentions and rationale.
    • Describe and discuss geographies and histories across regions and countries.
    • Describe and discuss particular modes of transport, travel and getting about.
    • Make enquiries and communicate effectively on personal health.
  • Should I attend?

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

    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