VCE Chinese First Language

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Rationale

This subject will be undertaken by students who grew up in a Chinese speaking family and have been schooled where Mandarin is the language of instruction for more than seven years.

The language to be studied and assessed is the modern standard/official version of Chinese (“Mandarin”).  For the purpose of this study design, simplified character text is accepted. Students may choose to use either complex or simplified characters in their writing.

The study of Chinese develops students’ ability to understand and use a language which is spoken by about a quarter of the world’s population. It is the major language of communication in China and Singapore, and is widely used by Chinese communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia. Studying Chinese can provide a basis for continued learning and a pathway for students into a number of post-secondary options. A knowledge of Chinese can provide students with enhanced vocational opportunities in many fields, including banking and international finance, commerce, diplomacy, and translating and interpreting.

Aims

The aims of this subject are to develop students’:

  • ability to use Chinese to communicate with others;
  • understanding and appreciation of their own and other cultures;
  • understanding of language as a system;
  • potential to apply Chinese to work, further study, training or leisure.

Outcomes

Unit 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange related to an issue of interest or concern
  •  listen to, read and reorganise information and ideas from spoken and written texts
  • produce a personal response to a fictional text

Unit 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to

  • participate in a spoken or written exchange focusing on the resolution of an issue
  • listen to, read, and extract and compare information and ideas from spoken and written texts
  • produce an imaginative piece in spoken or written form

Unit 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to

  • express ideas through the production of original texts
  • analyse and use information from spoken texts
  • exchange information, opinions and experiences

Unit 4

On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  • analyse and use information from written texts
  • respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture

Assessment

Units 1 and 2

Individual school decision on levels of achievement.

Units 3 and 4

School-assessed coursework and end-of-year examinations:

  • Unit 3 school-assessed coursework (25 per cent)
  • Unit 4 school-assessed coursework (25 per cent)
  • Examinations: oral component (10 per cent) and written component (40 per cent) which result in a single grade