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VCE Languages

Chinese (First Language) Unit 3 and 4


Chinese (First Language) is designed for students who have typically spent some time as a resident and/or have some experience studying Chinese in a country in which Chinese is a major language, and/or have a level of proficiency equivalent to the completion of Units 1 and 2.

Course Description

  • Ability to use Chinese to communicate with others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of their own and other cultures.
  • Understanding of language as a system.
  • Potential to apply Chinese to work, further study, training or leisure.

Areas of Study

Themes and Topics

  • Self and Others: personal world, personal beliefs and ideals, contributing to community.
  • Tradition and Change in Chinese-speaking Communities: lifestyles, arts and entertainment, stories from the past.
  • Global Issues: peace, human rights, the nature and future of work.

Grammar and Vocabulary

  • Formal aspects of language such as phonology, orthography, syntax, morphology and semantics.
  • While there is no prescribed vocabulary list it is expected that the student will be familiar with a range of vocabulary and idioms relevant to the topics; students are encouraged to use dictionaries.

Kinds of Writing

  • Students are expected to be familiar with and be able to produce five kinds of writing: personal, informative, persuasive, evaluative and imaginative.


Unit 3 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Express ideas through the production of original texts. 500-600 character imaginative written piece. 20
Analyse and use information from spoken texts. A response to specific questions or instructions, analysing and using the information requested. 20
Exchange information, opinions and experience. A four to five minute evaluative oral presentation, focussing on points for and against an aspect related to texts studied. 10
Total Marks 50


Unit 4 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Analyse and use information from written texts. A response to specific questions or instructions, analysing and using information requested. 20
Respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of language and culture. A 500-600 character persuasive or evaluative written response, for example, report, essay, article or review. 20
A four to five minute interview on an issue related to texts studied. 10
Total Marks 50

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 Coursework School-assessed   25
2 Unit 4 Coursework School-assessed   25
3 Exam: Oral component October 10 mins 10
4 Exam: Written component November 2 hours 40


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