Chinese Continuers


The continuers level languages are designed for students who have studied the language for 400 to 500 hours by the time they have completed Stage 2, or who have an equivalent level of knowledge.

Course Details

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

About the Subject

The Stage 2 Chinese Continuers course is the continuation of the Stage 1 Chinese Continuers course. In this subject students interact with others to share information, ideas, opinions and experiences. They create texts in the language to express information, feelings, ideas and opinions. They analyse texts to interpret meaning, and examine relationships between language, culture and identity, and reflect on the ways in which culture influences communication.

Stage 2 Chinese at continuers level consists of three themes and a number of prescribed topics and suggested subtopics. Themes:

  • The Individual
  • The Chinese speaking Communities
  • The Changing World


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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