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What will students be studying in Mandarin this year?

Mandarin is taught in Year 10 and students will be using the Edexcel (Pearson) GCSE textbook.  It is a topic-based book which includes both Foundation and Higher level GCSE vocabulary and grammar. Students will follow this textbook to learn key language for GCSE and also enhance their speaking and writing skills. In Year 10, students will work towards completing Controlled Assessment tasks in Speaking and Writing.

Expectations of Students in Mandarin

The Mandarin course takes place during lunch break for one hour and after school for one hour each week. Students will need to revise and prepare for a vocabulary test for each chapter.

What are the major assessments this year?

Students will have to take Speaking and Writing GCSE Controlled Assessment tasks at the end of this year. There will be a mock Reading and Listening GCSE exams.  At the end of each unit, students will practise their speaking and writing according to the GCSE mark scheme in order to achieve the best possible grade.

What will the current performance grade be based on, and what do the levels mean?

The current performance grades are based on all the work students complete this year, including classwork and homework as well as the End of Unit tests. Spoken contributions to class work and discussion will also form part of the assessment. The current performance grade encompasses all these elements.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher. She should try to identify specific areas of the subject which she is finding a challenge so that we can offer targeted support. Additional exercises can be found online with free registration:   GCSE Mandarin

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How can I support my daughter?

The best way to support your daughter is by taking an interest in her work in Mandarin. No prior knowledge is required! Indeed if you have never studied Mandarin you might find it interesting for your daughter to share some of her learning with you, as this is a powerful way for her to reinforce her knowledge and understanding of the subject. Do offer to help with testing vocabulary.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

To do well in Chinese, students should practise and develop vocabulary and speaking skills on a regular basis. Students will be set regular homework targeted at different topics with core vocabulary and grammar. Students need to take responsibility for regular revision of all aspects of language.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

You can contact the Office Team and they will be pleased to follow up any queries:

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