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Languages: Chinese

“A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own.” Johann Goethe

Students will have the option to learn either French or Chinese in Years 5 and 6


Students begin to develop the understanding that language originates from God and help us to communicate with diverse cultures. They recognise that Chinese is spoken by communities in many countries. They understand that Pinyin provides access to the sounds of the spoken language. They are aware that each character is a meaningful unit, that is used to make up words. They reproduce key Chinese characters using stroke types and sequences. They develop an understanding of Chinese characters, grammar, pronunciation, tone and rhythm. They become aware of similarities and differences between the Chinese language and other languages and develop an understanding that language originates from God.

Topics Include

  • Chinese New Year
  • Greetings
  • Numbers and applications (dates, months and days of the week)
  • Immediate family introduction
  • Three Little Pigs

Subject Length

  • 2 periods per cycle


  • Booklist items


  • Vocabulary tests
  • Oral and aural tests
  • Role plays
  • Written and verbal tasks

“The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. That is why it was called Babel - because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth”. Genesis 11:6, 7, 9