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Chinese (Second Language) (Advanced) Unit 3 and 4


A student is eligible for Chinese (Second Language) (Advanced) if:

  • they have had no more than seven years of education in a school where Chinese is the medium of instruction and;
  • the highest level of education attained in a school where Chinese is the medium of instruction is no greater than the equivalent of Year 7 in a Victorian school.

The time periods referred to in these criteria is counted cumulatively since the time of the student's birth.

As the formal education commencement age for a Victorian student is five years of age, all applicants are deemed to have commenced formal education by the end of their fifth year of age regardless of setting.

Students must complete application forms giving details of their background in Chinese if they wish to enrol in this study. They will be required to present evidence of length of residence in Australia and other countries and school reports for study completed overseas to the VCAA.

Course Description

The units are designed to enable students to:

  • use Chinese to communicate with others;
  • understand and appreciate the cultural contexts in which Chinese is used;
  • understand their own culture/s through the study of other cultures;
  • understand language as a system;
  • make connections between Chinese and English, and/or other languages;
  • apply Chinese to the world of work, further study, training or leisure;
  • translate from Chinese to English.

Areas of Study

Themes and Topics

  • The Individual: incorporating the personal world, education and aspirations, and personal opinions and values.
  • Chinese-speaking Communities: incorporating lifestyle, visiting China, customs and traditions, arts and entertainment, and stories from the past.
  • The Changing World: incorporating social issues, environmental issues, Australian and Chinese relations, and the world of work.

Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Formal aspects of language such as phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics and character writing.
  • Linguistic elements and the rules related to them.

Text Types and Kinds of Writing

  • The structured way in which language is organised in both speech and writing.
  • The ways in which kinds of writing are realised in the context of different text types.


Unit 3 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Express ideas through the production of original texts. A 200–250 character personal or imaginative written piece. 20
Analyse and use information from spoken texts. An extended response/s to one or more specific questions, messages or instructions, extracting and using the information requested. 10
Exchange information, opinions or experiences. A role play of approximately four minutes, focussing on the resolution of an issue. 20
Total Marks 50


Unit 4 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Analyse and use information from written texts. An extended response to specific questions, messages or instructions, extracting and using information requested and translating part of the text/s into English. 10
Respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of Chinese speaking communities.

A 300-350 character informative, persuasive or evaluative written response, for example a report, comparison or review.


An interview of approximately four minutes on an issue related to the texts studied.

Total Marks 50

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 Coursework School-assessed   25
2 Unit 4 Coursework School-assessed   25
3 Exam: Oral component October 15 mins 12.5
4 Exam: Written component November 2 hours 37.5


Reproduced by permission of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: