Chinese (Second Language)
Year-Long Elective Unit
This subject is available only for students for whom Chinese is a second language, those who began learning Chinese in Year 7 or equivalent.
Students are exposed to many authentic language texts with an emphasis on characters. New grammatical concepts are introduced with the aim of enabling students to develop their own Chinese language expression at a more sophisticated level.
- How does the world work in Chinese speaking countries?
- How does life in Chinese speaking countries differ from life in Australia?
- How can we build our awareness of inherent similarities and differences between languages?
Areas of Study
- Eating out, Chinese cuisine.
- Shopping and sightseeing.
- Personal appearance.
- Visiting the doctor.
- Healthy lifestyles.
Grammar and Vocabulary
- Linguistic elements related to the topics: Grammar structures, conjunctions, habitual words or expressions, set phrases etc.
||A number of pieces written in different discourse forms (for example, letters, advertising, stories, etc).
||Vocabulary or unit tests, weekly homework and classwork exercises and activities.
||Class tests on aural and oral recognition and recall.
|Reading Comprehension Tests
||Class tests on a variety of texts, answering both in Chinese and English.
||Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course, testing reading and writing skills.