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Chinese Mandarin

Why we teach Mandarin Chinese

Chinese Mandarin, the most spoken language in the world by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, has become an increasingly important as a language of global business. By studying Mandarin at MVC, pupils become familiar with the fascinating culture and language of this historic and diverse country. All our pupils in KS3 have the opportunity to learn Mandarin using the booklets based on Jin Bu course books and are able to progress to take the GCSE course in year 10 and 11. MVC was the first school in the county to teach Mandarin to all pupils as part of the curriculum. It was also the first school in the county joined Mandarin Excellence Programme, which is a unique intensive language programme to give pupils an opportunity of exploring Chinese language and culture. We believe that the knowledge pupils gain by studying Mandarin will be of great value to them in Higher Education and employment. They will develop writing, speaking, reading and listening skills by studying a wide range of topics that enable them to have successful initial communication when visiting China on either business or pleasure.

KS3 Mandarin

Overview of content

Pupils will gain a general understanding of China and the Chinese language, be able to introduce themselves and talk about their name and their feelings. Pupils will be able to understand classroom instructions in Mandarin and begin to develop their ability to read Pinyin and tell the difference in the four tones.

 In Yr 7 we’ll be covering the following topics based on ‘Jing bu 1’ course, including:

  • Greeting
  • Introducing yourself
  • Family and pets
  • Birthday
  • Hobbies you like and dislike
  • Sports you can and can’t yet do
  • Days of the week and diaries
  • School subjects

Pupils in Year 8 who take Mandarin will follow ‘Jing bu 1 & 2’ course, including: 

  • Time
  • School timetable
  • Class
  • Nationality
  • Food and drink
  • Weather
  • Places
  • Transportation
  • Appearance
  • Room

Pupils in Year 9 who take Mandarin will follow ‘Jing bu 2’ course, including:

  • Colours
  • Clothes
  • Daily routine
  • My town
  • Directions
  • House
  • Jobs
  • Shopping
  • Travel plans

While developing pupils’ communicative competence, the grammar knowledge necessary to achieve highly is integrated into these topic areas.

Yr 7  Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Numbers; Age; Names, Greeting

Unit 1 Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Autumn - 2

Family, Pets

Spring - 1

Calendar; Birthday

Unit 2 Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Spring - 2

Hobbies

Summer - 1

Sports; Diary

Unit 3 Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Summer - 2

School subjects

Yr 8 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Current Time; Timetable; Class; Nationality

Unit 4 Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Autumn - 2

Food & Drink

Spring - 1

Daily Meals; Order Food

Unit 5 Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Spring - 2

Weather; Country

Summer - 1

Place; Transportation; Year

Unit 6 Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Summer - 2

Appearance; Rooms; Colours

Yr 9 Programme of Study

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Autumn - 1

Clothes; Daily Routine; My Town

Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Autumn - 2

Directions; Everyday Expressions; Weekend Plans

Spring - 1

My House; Jobs

Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Spring - 2

At the supermarket; Clothes Shopping

Summer - 1

Department Store; Online Shopping; Travel Plans

Formal Assessment with four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing)

Summer - 2

Visiting Beijing; Visiting Xi’an; Visiting Shanghai; Visiting Guangzhou

Homework

Each week pupil will be given homework which includes one page Chinese character practice sheet and one page of translation/reading and vocabulary practice. At this stage, pupils are highly encouraged to do the extension questions.

Self-learning resources

In order to encourage pupils’ independent learning, each pupil is entitled to have free access to ‘Go Chinese’ website which contains abundant self-learning resources to consolidate four skills in Mandarin, especially the GCSE related practices as the preparation for the next year.

Vocabulary and Grammar Booklet

Each pupil will have Vocabulary and Grammar Booklet which covers all of the vocabulary and grammar points in all topics. Pupils can make good use of it for revision as well as the learning support in lessons.

KS4 Mandarin

AQA GCSE Mandarin (8673)

Overview of content

In Mandarin we aim to expend pupils’ knowledge from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 on Speaking, listening, reading and writing. We also introduce the culture and traditions of China and its society.

Programme of Study

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Year 10

Autumn - 1

Topics: Interests; Sports; My Town; Transportation; My Family

Grammar: Question words; Three modal verbs; The use of ‘in addition to’; Means of transportation; Measure words; Frequency words

Knowledge: Express personal opinions; Talk about personal interests and hobbies; How to use directions

Four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing) assessments in GCSE format

Autumn - 2

Topics: Jobs; Clothes and Colour; Shopping; Appearance

Grammar: Complement word ‘de’; ‘Bounce back’ questions; Possessive word; future tense

Knowledge: Provide options in a question; How to negotiate the price; How to express positive & negative comparison; How to form a superlative

Year

Half term

Topics studied; skills and knowledge

How this will be assessed

Year 10

Spring - 1

Topic: Personality; Food and drink; Restaurant; Daily Routine; Class; Weather

Grammar: The use of ‘although…but…’; Measure word; past tense; time words; The use of ‘Because… therefore…’; present tense; Days of the week

Knowledge: Express an action has been completed; Explain cause and results; Express ‘would like to do something’; Describe the weather; Express two things are done at the same time

Four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing) assessments in GCSE format

Spring - 2

Topic: Country; Places; Holiday; Scenic spot

Grammar: Future tense; starting and finishing point; time duration; past tense

Knowledge: Express the distance of two places; Talk about something is just about to happen; Express past experiences

Summer - 1

Topic: Body; Healthy; Sports Competition; Education; Plans for the future

Grammar: Chinese word order; ordinal numbers; comparison; adverbs; coverbs

Knowledge: Express personal opinions; Express the meaning of ‘apart from…also…’; Know how to compare two things

Four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing) assessments in GCSE format

Summer - 2

Topic: My hometown; Directions; Chinese poems

Grammar: Directional complements; the use of ‘come’ and ‘go’; the use of ‘as soon as…then…’; ‘every’ with question word

Knowledge: How to ask and give directions; Decoding information from Chinese poems; Build up writing skills

Year 11

Autumn - 1

Topic: Chinese traditions; Social media; Go to work; At home

Grammar: Time duration; Time word ‘when’; Link word ‘both… and…’; Overview of modal verbs; two words for ‘or’; the use of progressive word; Overview of time phrases; Over view of complements; Prepositions

Knowledge: Know Chinese culture and festivals; Express personal opinion; Make a conditional sentence; Express some quality or state is increasing with time; Talk about the sequence of a series of action; How to fill the application form

Four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing) assessments in GCSE format

Autumn - 2

Topic: Global issues; Entertainment and media; Common errors

Grammar: Overview of grammar particle ‘le’; The use of ‘not only…but also…’; Action measure words; Overview of coverbs; Overview of conjunctions

Knowledge: Talk about global issues and environment problems; Express the influence of social media; Know different common errors

Spring - 1

Revision and preparation for examinations

Four skills (Speaking; Listening; Reading & Writing) assessments in GCSE format

Spring - 2

Summer

Period of Formal Examinations

Homework

Homework will be set once a week including paper homework and online practice through ‘Gochinese’ platform.

Each pupil has a homework book, a writing book, a speaking conversation book and an online learning account. Electronic copies of homework can be downloaded through the following links:

How it is assessed

Mandarin is assessed by means of three written and one spoken exam at each term.

Skill

Tier

Time

Tier

Time

Speaking

Foundation

7-9 minutes

Higher

10-12 minutes

Listening

Foundation

35 minutes

Higher

45 minutes

Reading

Foundation

45 minutes

Higher

1 hour

Writing

Foundation

1 hour

Higher

1 hour 15 minutes

For speaking, each pupil has 12 minutes’ supervised preparation time, either Foundation or Higher.

For Listening, each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.

Each paper is worth 25% of the marks for the course.

Pupils must take all four question papers at the same tier.

 Learning outside the classroom

Pupils are encouraged to use ‘Quizlet’ to revise vocabulary and ‘Gochinese’ to practise listening and reading skills.

Parental support and extension

Pupils will benefit from your help and support through:

  • Encourage your child to practice Chinese characters often with stroke orders.
  • Make sure your child finishes his/her weekly homework and hand it on time.
  • Encourage your child to use online learning platform such as ‘Quizlet’ & ‘Gochinese’
  • Expose your child to Chinese culture such as celebrating traditional Chinese festivals and appreciating Chinese music and songs with him/her.

More information

All pupils are provided with photocopied booklets which cover all essential vocabulary and grammar. Electronic copies can be downloaded through the following link:

Pupils may also benefit from using the AQA GCSE Chinese Textbooks for the course. The books are available from ‘Dragon Teaching’ website at a cost of £24.99 for textbook1 and £25.99 for textbook 2.

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