CHINESE

Statement Of Eligibility Criteria for Chinese Second Language and Chinese Second Language Advanced (from VCAA)

Chinese Second Language
A student is not eligible for Chinese Second Language if they have one of the following:
- Twelve (12) months or more education in a school where Chinese is the medium of instruction
- 3 years (36 months) or more residence in any of the VCAA nominated countries or regions including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Chinese Second Language Advanced
A student is eligible for Chinese Second Language Advanced if:
- They have had no more than 7 years of education in a school where Chinese is the medium of instruction
- 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 will be counted cumulatively since the time of the student’s birth. Students may use traditional characters in writing but must be able to read simplified characters.

Unit 1: Semester 1

This unit is designed to establish and extend students’ knowledge in listening and speaking, and in reading and writing through studying topics relating to themes of the individual, the Chinese-speaking community and the changing world. Content areas include: personal identities, family and friends, personal beliefs and ideals, school life, rules and routine, and stories from peers in China.

Students are required to: establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange related to personal areas or experience; to listen to, read and obtain information from spoken and written texts; and to produce a personal response to a text focusing on real or imaginary experiences,
Regular exposure to our native Language Assistants in small conversation groups helps the students to develop their oral skills.

ASSESSMENT
1. Classwork (30%)
2. Coursework (40%)
3. Examination (30%)

Unit 2: Semester 2

Students continue to develop their knowledge and skills in listening and speaking, and in reading and writing through studying topics related to themes of the individual, the Chinese-speaking community and the changing world. Content areas include: school life and education, geographical features and scenery sites, film and television, and population and one-child policy.

Students are required to: participate in spoken or written exchange related to making arrangements and completing transactions, to listen to, read, extract and use information and ideas from spoken and written texts and translate from characters into English, and to give expression to real or imaginary experience in written or spoken form.
Regular exposure to our native language assistant in small conversation groups helps the students to develop their oral skills.

ASSESSMENT
1. Classwork (30%)
2. Coursework (40%)
3. Examination (30%)

Unit 3: Semester 1

This unit is designed to extend a student’s knowledge and skills in understanding, speaking and writing, through the themes of the individual, the Chinese-speaking community, and the changing world. Content areas include: legends and fables, festivals and customs, historical events and characters, city and rural life, places of interest in China.

Students are required to: express ideas through the production of original texts, analyse and use information from spoken texts, and to exchange information, opinions and experiences.

Regular exposure to our native Language Assistants in small conversation groups helps the students to develop their oral skills.

Unit 4: Semester 2

This unit is designed to extend students’ knowledge and skills in understanding, speaking and writing, through the themes of the individual, the Chinese-speaking community, and the changing world. Content areas include: future plans and work, work skills and occupations, technology and lifestyle.

Students are required to: analyse and use information from written texts and translate part of the text(s) into English; respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of Chinese speaking communities.

Regular exposure to our native language assistant in small conversation groups helps the students to develop their oral skills.

The student undertakes a detailed study during Units 3 and 4 which is examined at the end of the year.

ASSESSMENT
1. Coursework – Unit 3 (25%)
2. Coursework – Unit 4 (25%)
3. Oral Examination (12.5%)
4. Written Examination (37.5%)