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VCE Languages: Chinese (First Language)


The study of Chinese develops students’ ability to understand and use a language which is spoken by about a quarter of the world’s population. It provides access to an important cultural and linguistic heritage. It also contributes to the positive features of a culturally diverse society in Australia. The ability to communicate in Chinese may provide opportunities for employment in areas such as tourism, technology, finance, services and business both at home and in the Asia-Pacific countries.

The areas of study for Chinese First Language comprise themes, topics, text types, kinds of writing, vocabulary and grammar. The study is made up of four units.

  • to develop students’ ability to use Chinese to communicate with others;

  • to gain an understanding and appreciation of their own and others cultures

  • to understanding of language as a system

  • to apply potential Chinese to work, further study, training or leisure.

Prior Learning: There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. This course is designed for students who will typically, have spent some time as a resident and/or have had significant experience of studying Chinese in a country in which Chinese is the major language of communication.


Units 1 and 2:  Demonstration of achievement of outcomes and satisfactory completion of a unit is determined by evidence gained through the assessment of a range of learning activities and tasks. 

Units 3 and 4: School assessed coursework (50%)

End-of-the-year Examinations:

     Oral component  (12.5%)

     Written component (37.5%)



This unit prepares the student to establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange related to personal areas of experience; to listen to, read and obtain information from spoken and written texts; to produce a personal response to an issue of interest or concern

This unit prepares the student to participate in a spoken or written exchange related to making arrangements and completing transactions; to listen to, read and obtain information from spoken and written exchange focusing on the resolution of an issue. 


The student undertakes a detailed study of language and culture through the Literature and arts, which focus on the selected sub-topic. The student should be able to express ideas through the production of original texts, analyse and use information from spoken and written texts and exchange information, opinions and experiences. The student should also be able to respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of Chinese-speaking communities. 

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