Stage 1

Chinese Background

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have good literacy skills due to the language requirements of the course​.


Level 4 or better in Year 10 Chinese or equivalent.

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Citizenship.

Related Subject
Subject Description

Chinese at Background Speakers Level is designed for students who have a background in the language and who have had more than one year’s education in a country where Chinese is spoken. In Chinese at Background Speakers Level students are expected to develop and apply linguistic and intercultural knowledge, understanding and skills. The students have opportunities to: interact with others, create texts in Chinese, analyse, evaluate and respond to texts and examine relationships between language, culture, and identities.  Students extend, and develop their ideas and opinions on the prescribed themes and contemporary issues through critical engagement with a range of sources and perspectives.
This course is organised around four prescribed themes (China and the World, Modernisation and Social Change, the Overseas Chinese-speaking Communities and Language in Use in Contemporary China) and a number of prescribed contemporary issues. Students undertake an individual investigation on a cultural or social aspect of, or issue related to, a prescribed theme or contemporary issue. Different topics are covered each semester depending on relevant events.

*Note: Stage 1 Chinese Background 1 (or equivalent) is necessary in order to study Chinese Background 2.
Bonus points are awarded for language study at Stage 2 as part of the SA Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme for entry into Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. ​​Students may participate in two excursions at an approximate cost of $30.00 per excursion.

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Students may participate in two excursions at an approximate cost of $30.00 per excursion.

Assessment Type 1:

Interaction: Possible spoken task may include discussion, interview, debate, speech, talk.

Assessment Type 2:

Text Production: Possible written task may include blog, diary entry, email, essay, brochure, report, review​.

Assessment Type 3:

Text Analysis: ​Analysis and evaluation of a text(s) in Chinese with a response in Chinese/English.

Assessment Type 4:

Investigation: An oral OR written OR Multi-modal response in Chinese/English and a reflective response in English. One response must be in English​.

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