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Chinese (Second Language) Unit 3 and 4


Chinese (Second Language) Units 1 and 2.

A student is NOT eligible for Chinese (Second Language) if they have had either:

  • 12 months or more education in a school where Chinese is the medium of instruction or;
  • Three years (36 months) or more residence in any of the VCAA nominated countries or regions.

The nominated countries and regions are:

  • China.
  • Taiwan.
  • Hong Kong.
  • Macau.

Students must complete application forms giving details of their background in Chinese if they wish to enrol in this course. They will also be asked to present evidence of length of residence in Australia or another country, and school reports for study completed overseas to VCAA.

The language taught is Mandarin Chinese, sometimes called Putonghua or Guoyu.

Course Description

These 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 4 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/s to one or more specific questions, messages or instructions extracting and using the information requested. 10
Respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking communities. A 300-350 character informative, persuasive or evaluative written response, for example: report, comparison or review. 20
An interview of approximately 4 minutes on an issue related to the texts studied. 20
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: