Year Level Description
AIM Stage 2b: Exposure, Learning
This stage is completed over two years, begun in Year 3 and concluded in Year 4.
At this stage, students work at a developing fluency level. Requiring occasional teacher assistance, they explore in-depth the stories of Little Dog and The Three Little Pigs. Students recycle and expand their vocabulary and knowledge, and manipulate more high frequency vocabulary and structures for their own increasingly complex, spontaneous and unscripted oral and written communicative purposes. They read, copy and manipulate additional familiar Pinyin text and high frequency characters related to the story, and use a range of iPad applications to express themselves. Students deepen their intercultural knowledge and language awareness through more traditional children’s stories and songs, in addition to popular contemporary animations.
By the end of Year 4, students have completed two years of study of AIM Stage 2b: Exposure, Learning and are able to demonstrate the following skills.
Communication Skills Development
- Recognises recycled and newly introduced words and their gestures from all plays studied.
- Comprehends and produces the complete spontaneous thoughts and words which a teacher gestures.
- Communicates in a spontaneous and unscripted manner.
Literacy Skills Development
- Memorises, rehearses and dramatises the play with the class and a partner.
- Responds to simple and some complex questions with gestural support and modelling from the teacher.
- Completes increasingly complex language manipulation activities as the teacher models them with the class.
- Orally produces spontaneous and unscripted sentences.
- Recognises and writes a few sentences in Pinyin using a word list.
- Recognises, copies and matches familiar high frequency characters.
Intercultural Knowledge and Language Awareness
- Inductively identifies and uses key features of the language, such as grammatical gender, tones, measure words and some tenses.
- Inductively identifies some similarities and differences in Australian and Chinese cultural values, viewing traditional and contemporary stories and animations.