CAMBRIDGE IGCSE - MANDARIN
As a bilingual school, we offer the options where Mandarin is learned as a First Language, Second Language, or Foreign Language.
The Cambridge IGCSE First Language Chinese syllabus is designed for students whose first language is Chinese. The syllabus develops learners' ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and in order to develop an appreciation of how writers achieve their effects. The syllabus also complements other areas of study by encouraging skills of more general application.
Cambridge IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language is designed for students who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding to progress their education or career. Through their studies, students achieve a thorough understanding of a wide range of registers and styles and learn to communicate appropriately in different situations.
The syllabus focuses on the linked language skills of reading, writing, listening and oral communication. Through their study of Cambridge IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language, students can achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.
The Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin as a Foreign Language is designed for learners who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Mandarin Chinese is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.