Introduction to Chinese

Two of the most persistent myths about languages are that the British do not need to learn foreign languages since everyone else speaks English, and that the only jobs for people with languages are teaching and translating. Both statements are false! The reality is that over 60% of British trade is with non-English-speaking countries and British businesses lose billions of pounds each year due to poor language skills. Skilled linguists have never been so much in demand! With more than 955 million speakers, Mandarin claims the top spot as the world’s most common language. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.

Chinese at KS4

Chinese GCSE is studied over 3 years. The themes studied for the GCSE are “Lifestyle”, “Leisure”, “Home and Environment” and “Work and Education”. Students will complete two written controlled assessments, worth 15% each, on the topics of “My School” and “My Holidays”. They will complete two spoken controlled assessment, also worth 15% each, on the same topics. The final reading and listening exams make up the final 40%.