This course is for students who have studied little or no Mandarin at intermediate school. The students learn to communicate in Mandarin about themselves, family, pets, school and personal likes and dislikes. They also learn numbers, times and dates, as well beginning to write in Chinese script. Cultural information about China in included in the course.
This course is for students who have studied at least a year of Mandarin at intermediate school. It includes topics offered at beginner’s level, but extends on them and allows students to develop their competence in Mandarin through different activities. Cultural information about China is included in the course. This course is not suitable for native speakers of Mandarin.
The course covers various topics both personalised, and useful if travelling in Mandarin speaking countries. Some main areas are:
These are assessed through one end of year examination, a minimum of two speaking tests, one cultural assignment and regular testing of topics.
Topics continue to stress communication, and focus on both personal details and life in Chinese speaking regions.
They may include:
During the year students have two exams as practice for the external NCEA standards, as well as working towards the grades of the two internal NCEA assessments. They also have regular testing of topics.
Students study four topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.
This course consolidates learning to date, and uses various themes of interest to pupils to reinforce and extend the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics studied may include:
There are two exams during the year as practice for NCEA external assessment, and testing working towards the three NCEA internal assessments, as well as regular testing of topics.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 24 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.
This is a continuation and development of the year 12 course, and uses various themes of interest to students in order to reinforce language skills and aspects of Chinese life and culture. Literature is also studied at this level. Topics studied may include:
During the year the students have two exams as practice for the NCEA external standards. They also work towards the grades of the two internal assessments (with one optional internal assessment) and have regular testing of topics.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 24 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.
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