Chinese Background


The background speakers level languages are designed for students who have a background in the language and who have had more than 1 year of education in a country where the language is spoken.

Course Details

  • ATAR – YES
  • NTCET Points: 20
  • Cost - NO

About the Subject

In this subject students develop intercultural communication skills through examining relationships between language, culture, and identity and reflecting on the ways in which culture is created, expressed, and communicated through language. Students clarify, extend, and develop their ideas and opinions on the prescribed themes and contemporary issues, and develop their capability to communicate, interact, and negotiate meanings within and across languages and cultures.

Prescribed Themes and Prescribed Contemporary Issues:

  • China and the World;
  • Modernisation and Social Change;
  • The Overseas Chinese-speaking Communities;
  • Language in Use in Contemporary China)

The study of themes, presented through a range of texts, enables students to reflect on how languages work as a system, and the ways in which culture is expressed through language. Students develop skills in exchanging, analysing, and evaluating information, opinions, and ideas.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School Based Assessment Weighting
  • Assessment Type 1: Folio
  • Assessment Type 2: In-depth Study
External Assessment
  • Assessment Type 3: Oral and Written Examination

Information on the External Assessment

Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%). The examination consists of two assessments:

  • one oral examination
  • one written examination

Oral Examination

The oral examination will take 10–15 minutes and consists of two sections:

  • Section 1: Conversation
  • Section 2: Discussion

Written Examination (2 hours 10 minutes)

The written examination has three sections:

  • Section 1: Listening and Responding
  • Section 2: Reading and Responding
  • Section 3: Writing in Chinese 

The examinations will be graded by external assessors with reference to performance standards.

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