Online Programs

Our team have developed a range of online programs and activities to keep you engaged with Chinese language and culture from the comfort of your own home.

  • Chinese Conversation Corner

    Tuesdays & Fridays 4:00-5:00 pm

    Our FREE conversation corner is now running online via Zoom.

    Tuesday's session is for any personalised help you need with your language study. 

    Friday's lesson will be a topic prepared by our volunteers and is a great opportunity for you to extend your knowledge. 

    This is a fantastic opportunity to practice your Chinese with a native speaker while also making new friends. 


    Click here to review the Friday cultural topics you may have missed!

  • Online HSK Courses

    The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide is now offering students a complete and comprehensive HSK Chinese proficiency test preparation course, conducted by our qualified and experienced teachers, with the aim of attaining maximum HSK results for test takers. 

    Further information    

  • Nihao (你好) Mate YouTube Series

    This year we launched our new Youtube series called 'Nihao Mate'. This series will look at the different aspects of Chinese culture and language in a fun and engaging way. 

    We will be releasing new videos regularly so subscribe to our channel to keep up to date.  

    Nihao Mate Episodes

    Do Chinese Celebrate Christmas?

    How to say 'wear' in Mandarin Chinese? 穿 or 戴?

    How to say 'a little' or 'a bit' in Mandarin Chinese?一点儿 or 有点儿?

    Do you know all the different ways to use 看?

    How to say 'old' in Mandarin Chinese? 老 or 旧?

    Chinese Idioms 成语: Ever feel like you're playing music for a cow 对牛弹琴? 

    How to say 'can' in Mandarin Chinese? 能 or 会?


  • Children's Activities

  • Children's Chinese Poetry Sing Along

    Chinese Poetry Sing Along Image

    In this program, children will sing along to Chinese poems with our experienced instructors and live acoustic music. This program aims to assist children to develop a sense of musicality while also learning traditional Chinese poems. The poems are selected from a beginner level to an intermediate level, therefore a basic understanding of Chinese Mandarin is required.


    • Designed for children aged 7-12 years old in a class size of 10- 30 students
    • Learn a variety of Chinese poems through singing along and rhyming to live acoustic music
    • Introduce a broad overview of ancient Chinese poetry in an encouraging and fun atmosphere
    • Led by qualified and talented instructors


    • Deepen children's enjoyment of and appreciation for Chinese poetry
    • Uncover children's natural musical talents and affinities


    Date Time Poem
    4th Jun 4:00pm - 4:40pm 山村咏怀
    18th Jun 4:00pm - 4:40pm 静夜思
    2nd Jul 4:00pm - 4:40pm 咏鹅
    16th Jul 4:00pm - 4:40pm 江南
    30th Jul 4:00pm - 4:40pm 登鹳雀楼
    13th Aug 4:00pm - 4:40pm 春晓
    27th Aug 4:00pm - 4:40pm 早发白帝城
    10th Sep 4:00pm - 4:40pm 回乡偶书
    24th Sep 4:00pm - 4:40pm Final performance

    Instructors: Danni Laoshi, Yajuan Laoshi

    Musical Instructor: Abao Laoshi

    To register click here

    For program enquiries please email:

    Please review the booking conditions below before registering.

    Booking Conditions

  • China Ready Webinar

    On the 7th of May this year, The Confucius Institute at The University of Adelaide together with ACYA (Australia China Youth Association) hosted a live China Ready Webinar to celebrate UN Chinese Language day. The webinar featured several guest speakers who discussed the relevant aspects of Chinese language, culture, business and study opportunities as they relate to those with a keen interest in China. 

    For those who could not make it to the webinar, here is the recording for you to catch up.

  • Workshops - Tie-dye 扎染


    Tie-dye is a long standing handicraft of the Bai ethnic group who mainly inhabited southwest China's Yunnan Province. Bai people used hand-weaved white cloth and colors extracted from plants (e.g. radix isatids, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine) to create pure yet beautiful art works which is still popular today. The technique involves crumpling, pleating or folding the fabric into various patterns, then tying it with string — this is how it got its name. This traditional Chinese handicraft was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2006. Nowadays, tie-dye is a lifestyle activity for people to achieve harmony between themselves and nature.

    Our video offers you step-by-step instruction on how to make your own tie-dyed t-shirt at home. Please prepare all the required materials and have fun with our teachers!


    Instruction Flyer

    Required materials:

    • a white cotton t-shirt
    • scissors
    • fabric dye
    • nylon rope
    • zip lock bag
    • rubber gloves
    • a container
    • water
    • fabric dye (colour: cobalt blue)

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  • Workshops - Paper Cutting 剪纸

    Paper Cutting

    Paper cutting is one of the oldest folk arts in China. The origination of paper cutting is closely linked to Chinese festivals and customs, expressing happiness and wishes for the future. Apart from the common patterns such as flowers, insects, fish and birds, Chinese characters are also very popular. During Chinese weddings you will see red or gold "" (double happiness) on the walls and doors, as well as on gifts, indicating auspicious blessings for the newly married couple. People also use beautiful paper-cut artworks to decorate their window, doors, lanterns etc. In 2009, Chinese paper-cutting was listed as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.


     Instruction flyer 

    Required Materials:

    • a pair of scissors
    • coloured paper

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    Download Patterns

    The patterns are A4 size and ready to cut after printing. You can also open these patterns on your iPad and place a tracing paper on top of the screen to draw your own copy.

    Smiling Panda   Jumpy Kangaroo   Double Happiness

    Pretty Butterfly   Naughty Rat

  • Workshops - Sticky Rice Dumplings 粽子

    粽子 Zongzi (Sticky Rice Dumplings)

    In this video you will learn to make Zongzi, a type of Chinese sticky rice dumpling eaten during the Dragon boat Festival. We will also give you a brief history of how this festival came about.



    • Reed leaves: 10 pieces
    • Sticky rice: 300 grams
    • Red dates: 10
    • Cotton thread: 1 metre


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