Stage 1

Chinese Continuers

Assumed Knowledge

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


Level 4 or better in Year 10 Chinese. Eligibility criteria to apply for entry into Chinese at Continuers Level: Students who have had more than one year’s education from the age of five (pre-school, primary, secondary) in a country where Chinese is a major language of communication or a medium of instruction are not eligible to enrol in a continuers level program unless it can be demonstrated that special circumstances apply. SACE eligibility criteria must be met to undertake Beginners /Continuers in Chinese Continuers.

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Citizenship.

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Subject Description

Chinese at Continuers Level is designed for students who have been studying Chinese in years 8-10. In Chinese at Continuers Level, students develop their skills to communicate meaningfully.

Students develop an understanding of how Chinese is used appropriately by using the skills of listening, speaking, viewing, reading and writing for a range of purposes in a variety of contexts. In Chinese, students have opportunities to: interact with others, create texts in Chinese, analyse texts to interpret meaning and examine relationships between language, culture and identity.

​At Stage 1 students explore a range of topics through three themes:  the Individual, the Chinese-speaking Communities and the Changing World. Topics covered include: Self and personal identity, Careers and occupations and Places of Interest in China.

​Students undertake an investigation on a cultural or social aspect associated with ‘The Chinese-speaking Communities’ or ‘The Changing World’ themes. Different topics covered each semester depending on relevant events.

*Note: Stage 1 Chinese Continuers 1 (or equivalent) is necessary in order to study Stage 1 Chinese Continuers 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. ​

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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