This is a HSK4 PREPARATION course. This means that UQ Chinese takes three years to get you to HSK 3 / 4 - something which is achieved in 1 semester in China.
This is advertised as a speaking class, but in reality we would only get less than 1 minute of speaking time each, and the shy students get nothing. The teacher uses class time to ask us English questions, in English.
Having come back from a year in Hangzhou, I am very disappointed at the dismal state of UQ Chinese. The graduating class has not one student who is even conversationally fluent. Why bother?
PS: The class had more than a handful of students who could not string simple sentences together, i.e. 老师，我听不懂 / 这是什么意思？ and cannot answer questions such as 你为什么想学中文？ / 你毕业后想做什么工作？
How can we graduate and not be able to answer what are essentially HSK 1 - 2 level questions? An utter shambles.
Semester 2 - 2016
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Teachers will pass anyone - regardless of their ability