Jiale Zhongwen Extension Classes
We believe that students learn most effectively through interaction as well as listening to, reading and responding to meaningful texts. Jiale Zhongwen Extension classes enable students with some prior learning to enrich their Chinese proficiency through exposure to a range of stories, videos and other appropriate written or visual texts in Chinese. Students are also given opportunities to develop their spoken and written language production skills through composing and performing a range of different texts.
In 2020 we are offering two extension classes for our continuing students, Chinese Text Creation Level 1 and Chinese Text Creation Level 2. These are suitable for motivated school aged learners with prior learning and Chinese for Families graduates.
In addition we are now delighted to be able to offer Senior Secondary Extension classes designed for students in Years 9-11 seeking to build up general language proficiency to prepare for Year 12 Chinese as a second language courses.
Click on the boxes below for more information about each class level.
Chinese Text Creation Level 1
Stories are engaging and also provide deep and rich opportunities for language development. In this course students will be exposed to a range of stories with frequent opportunities for listening and interacting in Chinese. Students will also work on their own or in pairs to create new compositions in Chinese based on the focus story. Literacy is developed through reading, typing and handwriting in characters. In Term 3 this course will be delivered online.
Most of the stories come from the AI Story Time app which is included as part of the course fees. As a special offer by Better Chinese due to the COVID19 situation, students this year will also have access to My First Chinese Reader online.
Term 3 dates: Thursday 4.45-6.00, 23 July to 24 Sept (10 weeks)
Chinese Text Creation Level 2
In this course students will be exposed to a range of stories, videos and written texts with frequent opportunities for listening and interacting in Chinese. Topics are varied and come from a range of sources. In Term 1 we covered family heritage, Chinese New Year customs and Mulan. In Term 2 we covered the Coronavirus and leisure activities. Students also work on their own or in pairs to create new compositions in Chinese based on the focus texts. Literacy is developed through reading, typing and handwriting in characters.
Term 3 class times: Wednesdays 4.30-5.45, 22 July to 16 Sept (no class 23 Sept) 9 weeks
In Term 3 this course will be offered face to face.
Senior Secondary Extension
These classes will cover a range of extension topics related to themes covered in both IB Chinese B and SACE Continuers. Topics covered this year include Chinese festivals and the coronavirus. The lessons focus on meaningful language use including listening, interaction, reading and composition.
In Term 3 the lessons will be offered online on Monday evenings 7.30 to 8.45 in two three lesson blocks: Block 1 (Monday 27 July, 3 August and 10 August) and Block 2 (Monday 24 August, 31 August and 7 September). The theme for Block 1 will be weather, climate and scenery with a focus on describing scenes in photographs. The cost is $66 per block.