GCSE Chinese (Mandarin)
Chinese (Mandarin) AQA
In Years 10 and 11 lessons will be spent practising the four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course covers topics already familiar to you such as the family, leisure activities and holidays, as well as issues relating to healthy living, school life and careers. We will use a wide range of resources including DVDs and language software. You will receive one weekly conversation session in a small group with the teacher, as part of your preparation for the oral test.
We shall be following the specifications of the AQA examination board. Assessment of the two year course consists of separate tests in each of the four language skills taken at the end of Year 11. All four tests are equally weighted (25%).
Why Choose Mandarin?
Chinese Mandarin is the national language of China and is the most widely spoken language in the world. China is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Chinese is also one of the official UN lan- guages.
Chinese civilization of 6,000 years is one of the oldest and richest in the world. Learning Chinese opens up a unique window into one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. As soon as you begin studying the Chinese language, you begin learning about Chinese history, cultural values, philosophical and religious beliefs. The more proficient
you become, the more you will be able to appreci- ate and understand China’s past and present.
China is rapidly becoming a world economic superpower as it opens its doors to foreign investment and expands its infrastructure. Those who know Chinese Mandarin will be a valuable asset to international businesses. The prevalence of goods “made in China” in our shops and supermarkets shows how important China has become as an economic force in the modern world.
Boost your brainpower
Chinese Mandarin is a tonal language which means that words must be spoken at the right pitch to convey meaning and be under- stood. Many Chinese sounds are different to those of Western languages. Much like mu- sic, Chinese language requires speakers to engage the right and left sides of their brains, and studies have shown that Chinese speak- ers do use both sides of their brains! The Chinese writing system of characters is intricate. It uses iconographic characters rather than letters. Learning Chinese is therefore an exciting and unusual challenge for your brainpower.
As China opens its door the whole world in areas such as business, education, filming, music and sports. Being able to speak Chinese Mandarin opens more doors for you to either study, work, travel or live in China. Learning Chinese Mandarin will widen choices to set up your life once you have the unique language skill.