Stage 2

Chinese Background

Assumed Knowledge

Chinese at Background Speakers Level is designed for students who have a background in the language and who have had more than 1 year’s education in a country where the language is spoken​.


Stage 1 Chinese Background 1 and 2 with a ‘C’ grade or better.​

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Citizenship.

Related Subject
Subject Description

​In Stage 2 Chinese at Background Speakers Level students further develop and apply linguistic and intercultural knowledge, understanding and skills. They interact with others to exchange and explain information, opinions, and ideas; create texts to express ideas, opinions, and perspectives on contemporary issues; and analyse, evaluate, and respond to a range of texts. Students examine relationships between language, culture, and identity and reflect on the ways in which culture influences communication.
Stage 2 Chinese at Background Speakers Level is organised around four prescribed themes and a number of prescribed contemporary issues. These prescribed themes are China and the World, Modernisation and Social Change, the Overseas Chinese-speaking Communities and Language in Use in Contemporary China. 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. Students undertake an in-depth study to extend their understanding of an aspect or aspects of one of the prescribed themes or contemporary issues, or to explore links between themes or contemporary issues.
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:

Folio: Three to Five Assessments (Interaction, Text Production, Text Analysis)​.

Assessment Type 2:

In-depth Study: An oral presentation, a written response, a reflective response in English​.

Assessment Type 3:

External Assessment: An oral examination and a 2 hour written examination​.

Assessment Type 4:


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