Stage 2 Chinese (Mandarin) Beginners


This course is for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Course details

  • Eligibility SACE eligibility criteria apply to the subject, see downloads

Course Details

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

About the Subject

The Stage 2 Chinese Beginners course is the continuation of the Stage 1 Chinese Beginners course. Students will continue to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in Indonesian language. By end of this course students will have sufficient language skills to be able to communicate in Chinese on a range of everyday topics as detailed below.

Additionally, students will develop their inter-cultural understandings by reflecting on aspects their own culture and that of Indonesian language speakers:

  • Family life, home and neighbourhood
  • People, places and communities
  • Education and work
  • Friends, recreation and pastimes
  • Holidays, travel and tourism
  • Future plans and aspirations.

Eligibility - SACE eligibility criteria apply to the subject, see downloads

This course is for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language.


The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Chinese Beginners:

School Based Assessment Weighting
  • Assessment Type 1: Interaction (Individual or in pairs)
  • Assessment Type 2: Text Production (Creative Writing)
  • Assessment Type 3: Text Analysis (Read texts in Chinese and answer questions in either English or Chinese as required)
External Assessment
  • Assessment Type 4: Oral and Written Examination

External Assessment

Assessment Type 4: Examination (30%). The examination consists of two assessments:

  • one oral examination
  • one written examination

Oral Examination

The oral examination is designed to assess primarily students’ knowledge and skill in using spoken Chinese. The oral examination takes approximately 10 minutes and has two sections.

Written Examination

The 2½-hour written examination, plus 10 minutes’ reading time, has three sections:

  • Section I: Listening
  • Section II: Reading
  • Section III: Writing

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

Students are allowed to use monolingual and/or bilingual printed dictionaries in the written examination.

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