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Chinese

Course overview

Stage 5

The Stage 5, Standard Years 9 and 10 courses are delivered through a CD ROM called 'Zou Ba' (Let's Go!) which is at the 'cutting edge' of language learning. The CD provides an interactive, fun way to learn the language through a scenario and a number of related tasks. Support material is provided online.

The Stage 5, Pre-Context Years 9 and 10 courses are online courses developed by the NSW School of Languages with the support of National Asian Language and Studies in School Program funded by the Australian Government. The courses contain a range of different online and offline activities.

Both standard and pre-context course students send in worksheets weekly or fortnightly to be marked by their teacher, also have weekly telephone lessons to develop their speaking skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

Stage 6

Chinese beginners

The preliminary and HSC Chinese beginners course are blended learning courses with digital and downloadable content. It is based on Nihao Books 1-3 and designed specifically for distance education students. The preliminary course consists of 18 units and the Higher School Certificate Course consists of 12 units. Telephone lessons are conducted weekly to ensure that students' speaking skills are developed. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

Chinese continuers

The preliminary and HSC Chinese continuers courses are online courses developed by NSW School of Languages with the support of National Asian Language and Studies in School Program funded by the Australian Government. The courses are based on Nihao Books 3 and 4, and contain a range of on line and offline activities such as quizzes where students can develop their skills and receive immediate feedback. The preliminary course consists of 16 units of course work, with 12 units in the HSC Course. Students also have weekly phone lessons with their teacher to develop their conversational skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

Chinese extension

The Chinese extension course focusses on the movie called "The Postmodern Life of My Aunt". The main character is a single woman living alone in Shanghai. Students are required to purchase a copy of the movie. The course aims to introduce students to a more advanced level of Chinese language, enabling them to discuss various prescribed issues both in written and oral tasks. Students engage with these issues through the in- depth study of the movie. The course program includes weekly telephone lessons contact with their and study days held at the NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

Chinese in context

The preliminary and HSC Chinese in context courses are blended learning courses with paper based material and online content. The courses contain a range of different activities such as YouTube videos, listening and reading activities. The preliminary course consists of 14 units of course work, with 13 units in the HSC Course. Students also have weekly telephone lessons with their teacher to develop their skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages at various times throughout the year.

Note: Any student enrolling in Chinese at NSW School of Languages has his/her study background checked to determine their course according to the NSW Education Standards Authority criteria. Students in Stage 5 who are clearly going to be studying the Chinese in context or Chinese and Literature courses Stage 6 are given a program of study which prepares them for the Stage 6 Chinese in context or Chinese and Literature courses.

Course materials

Textbooks

The following is a list of course materials which need to be purchased for the specified course. All prices are approximate. If a course is not listed, the materials are provided by NSW School of Languages.

Stage 6 - preliminary courses

Beginners

  • NiHao 1  -  Introductory level Student Textbook and Student Workbook
  • NiHao 2  -  3rd Edition- Elementary level Student Textbook and Student Workbook

Continuers

  • NiHao 3 - 3rd Edition - Intermediate level Student Textbook and Student Workbook

Stage 6 - HSC courses

Beginners

  • NiHao 3 - 3rd Edition - Intermediate level Student Textbook and Student Workbook

Continuers

  • NiHao 4 - Advanced level Student Textbook only

Extension

  • The Postmodern Life of My Aunt DVD

Prices (approximate only)

The textbooks are available from:

China Books
Shop F7 Citymark Building,
683 George Street Sydney 2000
Phone 02 9280 1885
http://www.chinabooks.com.au

Language Book Centre
131 York St. Sydney 2000
Phone: 02 9267 1397
http://www.languagebooks.com.au

Amazon 
http://www.amazon.com/

Dictionaries

All students should have a comprehensive language dictionary. Please consult the Chinese faculty for advice regarding dictionaries.

Syllabuses (from NESA)

Go to the NESA Syllabus downloads page to get more information on any of our courses.