Chinese Language, Culture and Society

Unit 1

In this unit students focus on important aspects of life in modern China. Students analyse the schooling system to consider and reflect on cultural values, and participate in discussions and analyse research about family and education in China. Students interact with other learners of the language and share information related to aspects of their personal world and life in Chinese-speaking communities. Students develop their reading and comprehension skills in Chinese and produce texts.

Unit 2

This unit focuses on the importance of myths, legends and Chinese art. Aspects of Chinese culture are explored through Chinese mythology. Students undertake research related to, for example, mythology, legends and art. This unit also focuses on developing students’ spoken Chinese skills. Students are given opportunities to write appropriately for context and situation.

Unit 3

In this unit students investigate significant schools of thought throughout Chinese history and their impact on contemporary culture. Students explore and discuss in English the significance of Chinese philosophy and concepts related to contemporary Chinese culture. Students present information on leisure in China using appropriate intonation, tones and stress with the appropriate vocabulary and expressions.

Unit 4

This unit focuses on an exploration of contemporary Chinese social values as well as through China’s role in the global economy. Students investigate technological, social and political change in China. They reflect upon their own and others’ cultural values and further develop the capacity to interact with other speakers of the language.  Students also further develop their writing skills in the area of future employment.

Assessment activities:

Students complete a variety of reading, writing, listening and speaking tasks.

Selection advice:

Students must have completed Year 10 Chinese.

Links to further pathways:

This course will provide access to tertiary language courses. It also provides students with a certification to add to their resumes. Having a second language allows students to follow many career paths including, but not limited to:

  • trade & foreign affairs
  • translation & interpreting
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • business

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