Chinese (First Language) Unit 1 and 2
Chinese (First Language) is designed for students who have typically spent some time as a resident and/or have had some experience of studying Chinese in a country in which Chinese is a major language of communication.
The aims of the units are to develop:
- the student's ability to use Chinese to communicate with others;
- the student's understanding and appreciation of their own and other cultures;
- the student's understanding of language as a system;
- the student's potential to apply Chinese to work, further study, training or leisure.
Areas of Study
Themes and Topics
- Self and Others: personal world, personal beliefs and ideals, contributing to community.
- Tradition and Change in Chinese-speaking Communities: lifestyles, arts and entertainment, stories from the past.
- Global Issues: peace, human rights, the nature and future of work.
Grammar and Vocabulary
- The formal aspects of language such as phonology, orthography, syntax, morphology and semantics.
- Whilst there is no prescribed vocabulary list, it is expected that the student is familiar with a range of vocabulary and idioms relevant to the topics; students are encouraged to use dictionaries.
Kinds of Writing
Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to produce the following five kinds of writing: personal, informative, persuasive, evaluative and imaginative.
Unit 1 Outcomes
|Establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange related to an issue of interest or concern.
||Discussion or personal letter/fax/email.
|Listen to, read and obtain information from written and spoken texts.
||Read a written text and extract and use information and ideas in a different text type.
|Produce a personal response to a fictional text.
||Oral presentation, review or article.
Unit 2 Outcomes
|Participate in a spoken or written exchange focussing on the resolution of an issue.
||Role play or formal letter/fax/email.
|Read, listen to and extract and compare information and ideas from written and spoken texts.
||Read two or more spoken texts and compare information and ideas obtained.
Listen to two or more spoken texts and compare information and ideas obtained.
|Produce an imaginative piece in written or spoken form.
||Journal entry, spoken personal account or short story.
Overall Final Assessment
End of Semester Examination – 2 hours.
Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au