What is the exam board and specification?
AQA GCSE Chinese (Spoken Mandarin) – 8673 Exam Board Link
This subject allows students to develop the ability to communicate with Chinese native speakers in both speech and writing. Students will study across a variety of contexts relevant to their age and interests and will also develop a greater awareness of Chinese-speaking communities, cultures and countries. You will need to develop and use your knowledge and understanding of Chinese grammar progressively through your course of study.
What will you study?
- You will study the key language for each topic as follows:
Identity and Culture
|Topic 1||Me, my family and friends|
|Topic 2||Technology in everyday life|
|Topic 3||Free-time activities|
|Topic 4||Customs and festivals in Chinese speaking countries and communities|
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
|Topic 1||Home, town, neighbourhood, and region|
|Topic 2||Social issues|
|Topic 3||Global issues|
|Topic 4||Travel and Tourism|
Current and future studies and employment
|Topic 1||My studies|
|Topic 2||My life at school/college|
|Topic 3||Education Post 16|
|Topic 4||Job, career choice and ambitions|
2. You will study key grammar/structures as follows
|Nouns||noun suffixes: 子，家，员|
|Measure words||the following measure words: 个，岁，年，只，天，本，口 with 每 to mean ‘every’|
|Adjectives/stative verbs||as a predicate: positive and negative
with modifiers: 很，非常
modification of nouns with or without 的 with 了 to imply limits have been passed with 了 to imply a new situation
stative verbs as adverbs (好吃，难学)
|Exclamation and interjections||太…了, 真|
|Comparatives||use of 比, 比较 + adjective, 最 , and 跟/和一样|
|Adverbs||非常，常常，一定，也，还 , 就|
|Pronouns||all personal pronouns, singular and plural personal pronouns with 的
demonstrative pronouns 这，那
|Verbs||the verb 是 (to be), positive and negative
the verb 有 (to have), positive and negative
simple sentences with verb and object, positive and negative verb-object type verbs (唱歌，跳舞 etc.)
verbs of motion, methods of transport, purpose in coming and going
modal verbs: 会，想，要，应该，可以
|Preposition / co-verbs||从，到，在，用, 坐|
|Interrogatives||questions using 吗
questions using 还是
questions using the following interrogatives: 什么,谁, 哪儿, 为什么, 怎么, 几, 哪个, 什么时候, 怎么, 怎么样, 多少, 多大, 几岁
tag questions using 呢，吧
|Location||giving location using 在, 是
positional phrases using 的(墙上的画)
|Conjunctions||joining nouns to nouns: 和
saying ‘with’ 和，跟 subjects in parallel, 都
虽然 ….但是…… , 因为 … 所以 …. , 也 …. 也 ….,
|Number, quality, dates and time||All numbers up to 1 million,
Ordinal number using第
giving the time and date
currencies and prices
giving the length of time
word order when using time expressions
3. You will also develop skills of a great linguist throughout the course such as
- Techniques in role play
- Techniques in translation
- Listening skills
- Reading skills
- Approaching Authentic material
How will you be assessed?
The assessment will consist of four exam papers one skill each: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each paper is allocated with 25% of the overall weighting. Students will be assessed on how well they have achieved the following objectives:
- Listening – understand and respond to different types of spoken language.
- Speaking – Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes
- Reading – understand and respond to different types of written language.
- Writing – Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes
What qualities do I need to be successful in the subject?
A successful Mandarin learner is someone who
- is not afraid of making mistakes;
- can recognise patterns and not get caught up in rules;
- plays an active role in class activities and language-learning activities outside class;
- listens to and speaks Mandarin as much as they can!;
- devotes extra time to memorise and write Chinese characters by heart.
What future opportunities can I have with this subject?
Learning Mandarin will allow you to communicate with over one billion Mandarin speakers. It will open up new job opportunities everywhere and help you to gain a competitive advantage, especially in the business world. By having a good command of Mandarin, you will enjoy movies, TV shows, music and literature authentically and form a stronger relationship with your co-workers and friends. By studying Mandarin at GCSE level, you will be able to further study it at A-level and degree level and have access into one of the richest civilisations in the world.
Who should I contact for further information?
Contact Mr Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.