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VCE Languages: Chinese (Second Language and Second Language Advanced)


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

Prior Learning: Students should have studied the language for at least 200 hours prior to commencement of unit 1. 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.


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%)


    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 a text focusing on real or imaginary experience. 

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 texts; to give expression to real or imaginary experience in spoken or written form. 


The student undertakes a detailed study of language and culture through texts. 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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