MFL – Chinese

Department Staff:  Dr T Munford
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

Knowledge of this increasingly important global language not only opens doors to employment opportunities but also gives students the intellectual challenge of learning a non-European language and widens their perspectives on world history and culture.  Students can study Chinese on timetable from Y9, but before that there are opportunities to begin the language in lunchtime club sessions.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Years 7-8

There is a weekly lunchtime Mandarin club open to all students in Years 7 and 8. Students get the opportunity to learn some spoken and written Chinese. In the summer term, our visiting students from Suzhou join us in the club and share with St. Gregory’s students insights into Chinese culture as well as leading hands-on activities such as brush painting and calligraphy.

Year 9

Students can begin studying Chinese on timetable. For one lesson a week, they can opt to come out of regular classes for a Chinese lesson. They will learn basic conversational Chinese around topics such as describing themselves and their families, talking about hobbies and school life, shopping and ordering food. They will learn to read and write about 150 Chinese characters.  If they study Chinese in Y9 they can choose Chinese as a GCSE  option in Years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Students opting to do Chinese GCSE get the same timetabled lesson allocation as for other languages.

Course Code: Edexcel 2CN01
Note:  GCSE Chinese is one of the final subjects to change to the new GCSE specifications. Students sitting GCSE examinations in summer 2017 and 2018 are doing the Edexcel specification 2CN01:

As with other languages, the students will study a range of topics including school life, travel, food, sport, media, and work. They will do controlled assessments in writing and speaking during the course of Year 10 and 11 and exams in listening and reading at the end of Year 11.

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
My life;  School; Leisure
Terms 3 & 4
Food and Drink; Media
Terms 5 & 6

Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
Where I live
Terms 3 & 4
The World of work
Terms 5 & 6
Revision/ exam preparation

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: CIE Pre-U 9778
Exam Board Specification:

Year 12

Terms 1 & 2

Language topics:  Family; Education

History/culture:  Overview of Chinese history

Terms 3 & 4

Language topics: Leisure

History/culture:  The birth of the PRC;  Love in a Fallen City (Literature)

Terms 5 & 6

Language topics:  Young people

History/culture:  The early years of the PRC; Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Film)

Year 13

Terms 1 & 2

Language topics:  Media

History/culture:  Mao’s China

Terms 3 & 4

Language topics:  The environment

History/culture:  Review of history/culture topics

Terms 5 & 6

Review, exam preparation and revision

For more information on studying Chinese at KS5, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

Saint Gregory’s has a long-running exchange partnership with schools in Suzhou, China as part of the Bath Sino Educational Partnership.  This gives students a unique opportunity to visit China and experience life there. In addition, every year Saint Gregory’s hosts a group of students and teachers from Suzhou and during their stay there are activities, sometimes structured, sometimes informal that allow students to learn from each other.

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