Subject: IEB Mandarin

Subject Description:

IEB Mandarin focuses on language skills which include listening, speaking, reading and viewing, and writing and presenting skills which allow students to communicate appropriately in Mandarin. Students will learn various forms of the language, such as literature, poems, short stories, texts, news, and correspondence in daily life.

Value of IEB Mandarin as subject:

Mandarin is a valuable subject, and students are encouraged to consider the career opportunities and how they could apply their skills and knowledge within different Chinese markets.
The Chinese business market is booming, and business people who speak Mandarin have a massive advantage when tapping into this sector's many avenues. Mandarin is the most widely spoken native language in the world, meaning if students learn to speak Mandarin proficiently, they are equipping themselves with the ability to talk with around a fifth of the world's population.

The growing role that China is playing in the economy of the African continent makes Mandarin one of the top languages South Africans should learn. South Africa is also not the first country to bring Chinese into the mainstream curriculum to further relationships with China in the future. Australia has already pushed for Chinese in their schools for many years, and as a predominantly monolingual country, Chinese is the second language of choice. Besides being spoken by the largest population in the world as a first language, Chinese is also the fastest-growing second language globally.

Skills/Content Carried over from Grade 10-12:

Students are expected to be able to read and write without the aid of Pinyin when they reach Grade 10. By Matric, students are expected to write entirely in characters for their writing pieces and tests in the portfolio as well as IEB examinations (Paper 1 and Paper 2) at the end of the year. Students are expected to be proficient in speaking Chinese for their oral assessments. These oral assessments are role-plays, individual discussions on prepared texts, and group discussions. Students will get opportunities to experience and acquaint themselves with the culture through Chinese culture camps overseas held by PCS and the 啔英高中 Chi-Ying Senior High School in Taiwan.

Grade 10 Curriculum

Grade 11 Curriculum

Grade 12 Curriculum

IEB Suggested Works - 4 poems and 3 short stories

IEB Suggested Works - 4 poems and 3 short stories

IEB Prescribed Works - 6 poems and 5 short stories

Let's Learn Chinese Book 4, 12 lessons

Let's Learn Chinese Book 5, 12 lessons

Let's Learn Chinese Book 6, 12 lessons

PCS Reading (Hàn Yǔ) Book 4, 15 lessons

PCS Reading (Hàn Yǔ) Book 5, 15 lessons

PCS Reading (Hàn Yǔ) Book 6, 15 lessons

Fun with Chinese Book 1, 12 lessons

Fun with Chinese Book 2, 12 lessons

Oral Prescribed Works for Reading and Discussion - 3 articles

Oral and Aural – Reading and Discussion, Listening Comprehension, Role-play

Oral and Aural - Reading and Discussion, Listening Comprehension, Role-play

Oral and Aural - Conversation, Listening Comprehension, Role-play

Culture Themes – Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival

Culture Themes – Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival

Culture Themes – Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival

Chinese songs and videos, games

Chinese songs and videos, games

Chinese songs and videos, games

Grade 9 Requirements:

The curriculum for Grade 10-12 builds on the solid foundation of Grade 8 and Grade 9. Students must achieve at least 75% for Mandarin at the end of Grade 9 in order to take IEB Mandarin.

Stationary Requirements:

The school provides the first set of the textbook, workbook, and the learning materials that require for lessons. If the school given books are missing, students should pay for the second one. A lever arch file and two portfolio files need as filing the papers of IEB works, PCS Reading, worksheets, and for written and oral assessments.

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