“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”― Benjamin Franklin
Mandarin Language Lesson Teaching Philosophy
The school has chosen to use the Communicative Approach in all class levels. This approach emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of study.
Although the amount of homework set depends on an individual teacher’s own policy, school policy is that all children from Years 1 to 12 will have some homework set for them during the week. The amount will vary depending on the child’s age.
Students should know exactly what is required of them before they leave school and have sufficient personal pride to want to complete the assignment. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s homework regularly.
Classes are split according to ability and age.
- In playgroup, there is structured play to have a fun introduction to the Mandarin Language.
- In Kindergarten, there is an interactive electronic book console as well as the textbook 《描描写写学汉语》1.
- In Pre-Primary, there is the textbooks 《描描写写学汉语》 2,3, 4 and a writing book.
- From Years 1 – 4, they use the textbook 《中文》. These textbooks will be progressively implemented throughout the school, replacing the current textbooks below.
- From Years 5 – 10, they use the textbooks “Han Yu”, “Zhong Wen” and “Shuo Hua” by China Jie Nan University. This age group also has the option of attending their respective year’s cultural class, where the emphasis is on conversational skills only.
- From Years 11-12, the teacher will distribute the materials.
- For Adult Classes, they use the reference books《当代中文》《博雅汉语》 《标准中文》.
In all years, teachers also provide complementary materials designed to cater for the standard of the classes, in order to help with the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
All students are monitored and assessed by their class teacher from the start to the end of the school year. The school has designed assessment guides specific to the different levels of classes. These assessment guides and criteria are reflected in the report card that each student.
For Kindy to Year 1, students are assessed based on their participation in class activities, speaking and writing.
For years 2 to 10, students are assessed based on their on-going marks (40%), reading, writing and their formal examination at the end of each half year semester, after which a report card and portfolio of work is issued to the parents. On-going marks are obtained by class attendance and doing term homework, holiday homework, class tests, and new word dictations etc.
For years 11-12, students are assessed as students in years 2 to 10 but are also expected to undertake the HSK exams. The Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) 汉语水平考试, is China’s only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. The annual test is administered by Hanban at UWA’s Confucius Institute in Crawley. There are 6 HSK levels and each level has a listening, reading, writing and oral component.
ABSENTEEISM is an assessment criterion in all classes, as well as for deciding which students receive awards.
十一年级至十二年级的学生需要参加HSK考试。Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì，汉语水平考试，是中国唯一考察非汉语母语学生的标准考试。该考试是由汉办（非政府部门，与中国教育部联合）主办，学生每年在西澳大学的孔子学院参加考试。汉语水平考试一共有六个水平阶层，每个水平阶层有对应的听、说、读和写的考试内容。