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Chinese (for bilingual students) AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

At Benenden, we offer our bilingual students one lesson per week at lunchtime with one hour duration for each lesson.

Course content:

The Chinese specification rewards advanced level Chinese-language skills and knowledge through student-focused assessment. With appealing content and opportunities to gain greater understanding of Chinese cultures, it prepares students to become well-informed, effective communicators.

Assessment

A Level

Paper 1

Listening, reading and translation   80 marks 

Format of A Level exam: Written examination: 2hr

Section A: Listening (24 marks): Based on a recording, featuring male and female Chinese speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions on a variety of contexts and sources.

Section B: Reading (28 marks): A reading assessment based on a variety of text types and genres where students will respond to comprehension questions.

Section C: Translation (12 marks): Translate an unseen passage from Chinese to English

Weighting 40%

 

Paper 2

Written response to works and translation  120 marks 

Format of A Level exam: Written examination: 2hr 40m

Section A: Translation (20 marks): Students translate an unseen passage from English into Chinese.

Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (50 marks): Students must respond to a three-part question for each of their two chosen works. Students answering questions on two literary texts do not complete C.

Section C: Written response to works (films) (50 marks): Students respond to one three part question on one of the films listed.

Weighting: 30%

 

Paper 3

Speaking  72 marks 

Format of A Level exam: Internally conducted and externally assessed. Between 21m and 23m, including a single period of 5m formal preparation time.

Task 1: Students discuss one Theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing a short statement.

Task 2, Part 1: Students present a summary of at least two of the written sources they have used for their research and give a personal response to what they have read.

Task 2, Part 2: Students answer questions on their presentation and then have a wider discussion on their research.

Weighting: 30%

 

AS Level

Paper 1

Listening, reading and translation   64 marks 

Format of AS Level exam: Written examination: 1hr 45m

Section A: Listening (30 marks): Based on a recording, featuring male and female Chinese speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.

Section B: Reading (30 marks): Based on a variety of text types and genres where students will respond to comprehension questions.

Section C: Translation (20 marks): Translate an unseen passage from Chinese to English 

Weighting: 40%

 

Paper 2

Written response and translation   60 marks

Format of AS Level exam: Written examination: 1hr 40m 

Section A: Translation (20 marks): Translate an unseen passage from English into Chinese.

Section B: Written response to works (literary text or film) (40 marks): Students respond to one three-part question for their chosen literary text or film.

Weighting: 30%

 

Paper 3

Speaking   72 marks 

Format of AS Level exam: Internally conducted and externally assessed. Total assessment time: between 27m and 30m, which includes a single period of 15m formal preparation time.

Task 1: Students are provided with two texts and respond to questions on them, followed by a wider discussion on the sub-theme.

Task 2: Students will deliver a presentation, on an aspect of a sub-theme from Theme 2, followed by a wider discussion.

Weighting: 30%

Future opportunities

Related careers:

Traineeships and working for western manufacturing companies, trading, consultancy, business, banking, multinationals in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Chinese companies in Europe; government departments of economics, internal and external affairs, foreign service; journalism; travel agent; interpreter; academics; education (teaching); publishing; support of companies and knowledge institutes entering the Chinese market via local, regional, provincial organisations.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities:

Benenden Far East Trip during October Half Term; UCL IOE Confucius Institute / Hanban China Summer Study Camps; British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition; presenting and organising Benenden Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat and Mid-Autumn Festival prayers and events. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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