Mandarin Course Materials

Mandarin Language Course Materials

The 10-week and online Cactus Mandarin courses are structured around a Mandarin language course book. The Cactus teachers will use the course book activities and exercises in class, and may also use the course book to set homework. The course book will be used approximately 60% of the time, with the other 40% made up of activities and tasks sourced by the teacher from additional resources. Your teacher will use their own materials, practice activities from other books, and ‘authentic materials’ from newspapers, magazines, the internet, video, radio, and podcasts. On this page you can check which course book you need to purchase for your level. We also offer our top tips on how to make the most of your course book.

Level Book ISBN
Beginner 1 HSK Standard Course 1 (Units 1 – 7) 9787561937099
HSK Standard Workbook 1 (optional) 9787561937105
Beginner 2 HSK Standard Course 1 (Units 8 – 15) 9787561937099
Beginner 3 HSK Standard Course 2 (Units 1 – 8) 9787561937266
Elementary 1 HSK Standard Course 2 (Units 9 – 15) 9787561937266
Elementary 2 HSK Standard Course 3 (Units 1 – 7) 9787561938188
Elementary 3 HSK Standard Course 3 (Units 8 – 14) 9787561938188
Intermediate 1 HSK Standard Course 3 (Units 15 – 20) 9787561938188
Intermediate 2 HSK Standard Course 4 A 9787561939031
Intermediate 3 Confidence in Chinese 3 (Units 8 – 14) 9781845700256
Upper Intermediate Confidence in Chinese 3 (Units 15 – 20) 9781845700256
Advanced Teacher’s Own Materials N/A
Proficient Teacher’s Own Materials N/A


Where to Buy your Book

Cactus works with the European Book Shop in central London to ensure that all the course books we use are available for our students to purchase. There is a 10% discount with the European Book Shop for Cactus students. You may also find your course book on Amazon.

How to Book your Course

If you haven’t yet booked your Mandarin evening course, check our offers page for our latest discounts, and book your course here.

Helpful Course Information

Free Mandarin Level Test
Mandarin Course Outline
Language Course Questions
Free Online Mandarin Resources
Cactus Teacher Profiles

For more information on any of our courses, or just general advice on language learning, please call us on 01273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Language Holidays Abroad

Cactus also offers Mandarin language holidays in China.


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