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smc foundation diploma – Chinese


Entry Recommendations:  Completion of Year 10 Chinese or in consultation with the Head of Faculty.

Course Outline:

This course is designed for pre-intermediate language learners of Chinese and prepares students for IB or NCEA Level 2. The Year 11 programme emphasises communication through the development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students learn to communicate about familiar situations and topics, such as the people and events in their lives, home and school routines, holidays, wellbeing and health, entertainment and social arrangements. Students acquire language to communicate about present, past, and future events, beyond the immediate context. They learn how to express their opinion, and justify a viewpoint. 

Communication, language, and culture are integrated into all topics and students are encouraged to develop their intercultural competence and awareness of Mātauranga Maori and the target cultures. Making connections with other learning areas, especially English, Geography, and History, is also an important, inherent aspect of language learning.


All four skills (listening, reading, speaking, writing) will be assessed in this course. The assessments will be weighted evenly.

The productive skills (speaking and writing) are assessed in Term 2 and 3 in class time.

The receptive skills (listening and reading) are assessed (in an end-of year examination) in Term 4.

junior and middle school girls