Chinese (AS only 8681 and A Level 9715)
Knowledge of a foreign language is ever more valuable in an increasingly connected world. Many employers look for knowledge of at least one other language across a wide range of jobs.
Through their study of Cambridge IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language, our learners can achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study. With this in mind, our curriculum focuses on developing oral fluency and accuracy in a range of predictable and unpredictable situations, as well as the ability to extract relevant information from a wider range of texts. Learners are able to carry out writing tasks on a wider range of topics in response to a written stimulus and can demonstrate competency in a range of spoken activities.
The topics selected relate to the interests and needs of the learners using Chinese as a Second Language, for example, education, the world of work, current affairs, health and welfare, travel, school affairs, leisure activities, communication and technology, young people, environment, and cultural diversity.
At MIS, we believe that understanding a language not only allows for practical communication, but is also a first step to understanding a people and a culture. Our curriculum also acknowledges the importance of Chinese language culture and provides an environment where students can increase their intercultural knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese society.