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:
- Measure words
- Adjectives/stative verbs
- Exclamation and interjections
- Number, quality, dates and time
3. You will also develop skills of a great linguist throughout the course such as
- Speaking Spontaneity
- 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.