VCE Chinese Second Language and Chinese Second Language Advanced

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

Rationale

This study develops students’ ability to understand and use a language which is spoken by about a quarter of the world’s population.  Chinese is especially important in Australia because it is widely spoken in the community and the study of it by Australians will contribute to the positive features of a culturally diverse society.  Studying a language other than English contributes to the overall education of students, not only in the area of communication but also in cross-cultural understanding, cognitive development and literacy.

Note that at Oxley, we hope to provide students with an opportunity to participate in a language and cultural study tour to China.

Structure

Unit 1

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar, text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  This unit should allow students to establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange, listen to, read and obtain information from written and spoken texts, and produce a personal response to a text focusing on real or imaginary experience.

Unit 2

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar, text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  This unit will allow students to participate in a spoken or written exchange, listen to, read and extract and use information and ideas from spoken and written texts, and give expression to real or imaginary experience in written or spoken form.  This unit will also allow students to translate a passage/s in Chinese characters into English.

Units 3 and 4

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  In these units, students undertake a detailed study of language and culture through either texts or other resources.  Students should be able to express ideas through the production of original texts, analyse and use information from spoken and written texts and exchange information, opinions and experiences.  They should also be able to respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of Chinese speaking communities.  These units also provide the opportunity for students to translate Chinese texts of total 250-300 characters into English.

Entry – ‘Second Language’ and ‘Second Language Advanced’

A student will be eligible for Chinese Second Language if they have had up to and including six months of education in a country where Mandarin is the medium of educational instruction.  This still enables students who have, for example, undertaken short exchange programs in a Chinese speaking country to qualify for Chinese Second Language.  A student will be eligible for Chinese Second Language Advanced if they have had more than six months, but not more than seven years of education in a country where Mandarin is the medium of educational instruction.

Students must complete an application form from the VCAA giving details of their background in Chinese if they wish to enrol in these studies.  Application forms are available from the VCE Coordinator.

Assessment

Satisfactory Completion

Demonstrated achievement of outcomes specified for the unit.

Levels of Achievement

Units 1 and 2

Individual school decision on levels of achievement in Units 1 and 2.

Units 3 and 4

School assessed coursework and two end of year examinations.

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • End of year examination (50%)
    • the Oral component is worth 12.5%
    • the Written component is worth 37.5%