Chinese (Mandarin) (IB)
Learning Chinese, a language which is entirely different to all European languages, will provide one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. By looking at media, books and film, you will develop the knowledge and skills to enable you to understand the unique values, struggles, sensibility, joys and sorrows of the Chinese people.
IB Chinese (Language B) exposes students to a range of topics from environmental to cultural issues and either a literature, film study or topic based component. The core topics are media and communication, global issues and social relationships. Optional topics such as health, leisure, customs and tradition will be taught as well. Authentic materials are used in class, and pedagogical textbooks regularly introduced as supplementary exercises. Demonstrating the ability to write a 300-400 word paper plus 180-250 word rationale that reflects your understanding of one of the core topics is one of the key skills in the IB language curriculum. Students are expected to use Chinese with the teacher within and beyond the class. They are also required to practice with native Chinese speakers out of class.
IB course allows scope for a variety of approaches to learning and using Chinese and encourages learners to develop their linguistic and general study skills to a high level of competence. IB Students are expected to use Chinese with the teacher within and beyond the class. Students are also required to practice with native Chinese speakers out of class. The class is conducted in a communicative approach and uses task-based activities.
For all our Mandarin students we offer many extra-curricular activities including: after-school club; Chinese New Celebration; an annual China trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Xi’an; regular conversation lessons with a native Chinese speaker; a visit to East Asian Museum; a visit to a Chinese restaurant; and taking part in the annual speaking competition
The ultimate goal is to help students use Chinese in real-life situations and cultivate lifelong Chinese language learning, and to help students appreciate their own cultures and Chinese culture.
Extra curriculum activities
- After school club for all Keys stages
- Chinese New Celebration
- Annual China trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Xi’an
- Regular conversation lessons with native Chinese speaker
- Visit to East Asian Museum
- Visit to Chinese restaurant
- Speaking competition