Mandarin

Head of Department

Mrs A Fowden

Mandarin Teacher

Mrs L Qiu

Subject Overview

Chinese is spoken by one-fifth of the world’s population and the UK is developing much closer relationships with China than ever in various areas including business, travel and tourism, and politics.

At New Line Learning Academy, students will develop their Chinese language skills, as well as their cultural awareness. Students should be able to communicate at a basic level using these four skills and understand Chinese culture better in Key Stage 3. Their language skills will be tested and rewarded through their GCSE exams and A-level exams.
 

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 Overview:   

Students have two Mandarin lessons every week. We cover the basic introduction to Pinyin, characters and culture. Students then start to explore different topics such as numbers, family members, self-introduction, occupation, daily routine, means of transportation, colours, clothing and parts of the body. Lessons are taught through games, role-play and other fun-filled activities.

Key Stage 3 Assessment:

End of term assessments are carried out at the end of each term and end of year assessments take place at the end of each year.

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are enhanced and challenged during this time. Authentic material is extensively used to help students improve the four language skills. In order to foster students’ independent learning, dictionaries and online resources are used under the supervision of the classroom teacher. Students begin to link their everyday life to the target language and develop abilities to communicate through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. At the end of the course students should be able to communicate basic information in Mandarin Chinese.

Key Stage 4 Assessment:

End of term assessments are carried out at the end of each term and end of year assessments take place at the end of each year.

Key Stage 5 

Course Title:

Pre –U Chinese

Examining Body:

Cambridge

Overview of the course:  

Students will develop skills to:

  • Understand and respond to texts written in the target language and to spoken material.
  • Manipulate the target language accurately in spoken and written forms to demonstrate a capacity to choose appropriate examples of lexis and structures.
  • Select information and present it in Mandarin Chinese and in English, organising arguments and ideas logically.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of Chinese society.

What Will You Study:  

Full course

1) speaking (prepared topic and general conversation)

2) listening, reading and translating (Dictionary can be used in the exam)

3) writing and usage (Dictionary can be used in the exam)

4) Chinese cultural paper (Answer in English)  

Short course

1) speaking (prepared topic and general conversation)

4) Chinese cultural paper (Answer in English)  

Assessment:

End of topic assessment will be carried out in the end of every term. This is a two year course and final exams will be taken in the end of year 13. Speaking exam will happen between March and May. And other exams will happen between May and June.

Possible Career Paths:  

Chinese language and cultural skills are highly desirable in many job sectors, including travel, tourism, transport, distribution, importing and exporting services, finance, banking, marketing, sales, public relations and advertising. You also can find jobs in central and local governments, educational institutions at all levels, media, publishing and entertainment companies, library and information services, and museums.

Key Performance Indicators