The course consists of one compulsory 80 hour unit and one 40 hour unit taken from a choice of two options, plus 40 hours flexible time.
This unit is designed to build on your previous learning and increase your skills in Mandarin. By improving your ability in speaking and writing, you will learn to express your point of view and exchange ideas in Mandarin. Three themes provide the framework for learning - Lifestyles; Education and Work; the Wider World.
Main topics are:
- family and friends
Education and Work
The main topic is:
The Wider World
- holidays and travel
Throughout these themes a variety of source material will be used including magazines and newspapers, TV and film extracts, narrative texts and work-related correspondence.
Optional Units - one to be selected
This unit focuses on reading and writing skills needed to communicate with a Mandarin-speaking person mainly in the form of letter writing. The content relates to the Lifestyles and Education and Work themes developed in the Language unit.
Language in Work
This unit focuses on the speaking and writing skills needed to:
- make requests for goods and services
- communicate information orally
- communicate information in letters and messages.
This unit focuses on the speaking, writing, reading and listening skills needed to study one or more types of text linked by subject matter or topic. The text or texts could include:
- magazine or newspaper articles
- short stories
- a book at a suitable reading level
- film, video or TV viewing supported by written texts.