About this Course
The Year 10 Chinese program is designed to instil confidence and to promote a positive attitude to language learning by developing the student’s ability in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also aims to increase the student’s knowledge and appreciation of the diverse aspects of the culture of the language and heighten their awareness of language – both native and foreign. Students’ increase their ability to communicate by refining and improving their communication and interpretive skills in a variety of situations.
There is a greater focus on developing writing skills with more grammar study in preparation for VCE. Students are encouraged to make use of opportunities for immersion experiences in Chinese speaking environments such as those on offer such as excursions to Chinese businesses, study tours to China and online student exchanges. A blended learning approach is taken, combining classroom delivery of content and instruction with computer-mediated activities to enhance the language learning experience. Preparation for formal examinations in all four language skills’ areas is an important component of the program.
Some of the topics explored to provide a context for studying Chinese include school life and relationships, leisure and hobbies as well as travel and culture.
By the end of Level 10, students are able to use spoken and written Chinese to communicate in a variety of situations, both familiar and unfamiliar. They can ask and answer questions using words like “why,” “how,” and “what” to get more information. They can also gather information from different sources and perspectives and compare how ideas are expressed in different Chinese texts and contexts. Students can respond to stories, identifying language differences between cultures and expressing their own ideas in Chinese. They can create different types of texts for different audiences, adjusting their language use accordingly. Students can also use verbs to express modality and intention and understand the grammar and sentence structure that is unique to Chinese. They are aware of translation challenges between Chinese and English and can recognize concepts that are difficult to translate.
Areas of Study
– Language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in a variety of authentic contexts with the goal of enabling students to use Chinese effectively and appropriately.
– Intercultural understanding: students look at differences between, and features of, their own culture in comparison with Chinese culture and gain an increased awareness of their own individuality and their place within the wider community.
– Grammar and structure: which can help to reinforce the study and understanding of English and enable students to become effective communicators both verbally and in the written form.
- Speaking tasks involving roleplays, interviews and general conversations
- Written tasks based on different topics of study and that build on familiar vocabulary with new expressions, grammar and structures.
- Listening tasks that use native speakers in contextualised situations.
- Reading and grammar tasks that improve understanding through building vocabulary and understanding of language structure and syntax.
- Semester examinations