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Chinese

Course overview

View or print a Chinese language brochure (PDF 13 MB)

Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10)

The stage 5 course (Years 9 and 10) caters for all proficiency levels, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Eligibility rules apply for students continuing on to the Stage 6 Continuers or in Context courses.

200 hour course

Our dynamic and exciting Chinese courses offer highly engaging learning experiences with effective and innovative activities. Supported by our knowledgeable and passionate teachers, students work through activities on Canvas and are encouraged to develop their communication skills and cultural understanding through engagement with Chinese-speaking communities and Chinese-language media. Our face-to-face lessons each term provide students with an unique opportunity to participate in and learn through a range of vibrant cultural activities including cooking, crafting activities and music. Your unique Chinese-learning journey at NSW School of Languages starts here!

100 hour course Chinese

The 100 hour course is for Year 10 students who have not previously studied Chinese. Students who complete the 100 hour course, remain eligible for the Stage 6 Beginners course, dependant on meeting other criteria and this course is excellent preparation for the Stage 6 Beginners course.

Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)

Chinese Beginners

Students gain a wide exposure to the Chinese language, culture and way of life through a course complemented by e-learning delivery and a rich array of audio, video and visual material. The Preliminary and HSC Chinese Beginners courses are designed specifically for distance education students. Students submit worksheets weekly on Canvas to be marked by their teacher, and they also have weekly speaking lessons to develop their speaking skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages or online at various times throughout the year.

Chinese Continuers

The Stage 6 Chinese Continuers course is a course produced for Distance Education by NSW School of Languages. The Preliminary Chinese Continuers course is a newly written course that is designed specifically for distance education students. Students submit worksheets weekly on Canvas to be marked by their teacher, and they also have weekly speaking lessons to develop their speaking skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages or online at various times throughout the year.

The HSC Chinese Continuers course is an online course developed by NSW School of Languages with the support of National Asian Language and Studies in School Program funded by the Australian Government. The course is based on Ni Hao Book 4 and contains a range of online and offline activities such as quizzes where students can develop their skills and receive immediate feedback. Students also have weekly speaking 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 or online at various times throughout the year.

Chinese Extension

This course is offered to Year 12 students who have successfully completed the Year 11 Chinese Continuers Preliminary course at a high standard. ​

The Chinese Extension 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 Prescribed text - a movie called The Young Style. The course program includes weekly speaking lessons with their teacher to develop their skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days held at the NSW School of Languages or online at various times throughout the year.

Chinese in Context

Students will explore the syllabus issues to develop in depth understanding of these issues and develop their language skills to enable them to express their ideas in a more sophisticated manner in both Chinese and English. 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. Students also have weekly speaking lessons with their teacher to develop their skills and receive additional feedback and support. Study days are held at the NSW School of Languages or online at various times throughout the year.

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 - HSC courses

Continuers

  • NiHao 4 - Advanced level Student Textbook only

Extension

  • The Young Style DVD

Prices (approximate only)

The textbooks are available from:

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

Abbey's Bookshop
131 York St. Sydney 2000
Phone: 02 9267 1397
abbeys.com.au

Amazon 
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.