Australian Curriculum: Chinese

Standard Chinese: Australian curriculum is a new series of textbooks and workbooks developed for Australian school aged children based upon the latest version of Australian Curriculum: Chinese and International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education (Hanban). It has five stages covering ten years of schooling from Year 1 to Year 10.

The books are organised into eight sets of textbooks and workbooks for each stage or two years, covering eight major themes of communication and language uses.

Each set of books contains six lessons. They are designed to build up student’s knowledge, understanding and capabilities in the language and culture. The expected outcomes are to be realised in the learning activities in each lesson.

Within each lesson, a carefully selected theme text is presented. This is the key material for the lesson as it contains all aspects the learning in the lesson. It is then broken down to small size of tasks for students to learn and practice. Through this process students learn the key concepts and processes and different aspects of the language and culture, as defined in the Australian Curriculum.

The theme based content and capability focused approach is best realised in a variety of communicative and engaging activities offered through this program. It also contributes to other areas of learning, e.g. history and geography, ICT, critical and creative thinking, and intercultural understanding.

Standard Chinese: Australian curriculum – Key areas of learning:

  • Communicating: Using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning
    • Socialising: Interacting orally and in writing to exchange ideas, opinions, experiences, thoughts and feelings; and participating in planning, negotiating, deciding and taking action – Interacting, Participating and taking action
    • Informing: Obtaining, processing, interpreting and conveying information through a range of oral, written and multimodal texts; developing and applying knowledge – Obtaining and processing information, Conveying information
    • Creating: Engaging with imaginative experience by participating in, responding to and creating a range of texts, such as stories, songs, drama and music – Participating in and responding to imaginative experiences, Creating imaginative experiences
    • Translating: Moving between languages and cultures orally and in writing, recognising different interpretations and explaining these to others – Translating/interpreting, Creating bilingual texts
    • Reflecting: Participating in intercultural exchange, questioning reactions and assumptions, and considering how interaction shapes communication and identity.
  • Understanding: Analysing and understanding language and culture as resources for interpreting and shaping meaning in intercultural exchange.
    • System of Language
      • Understanding the language as a system, including sound, writing, grammar and text – Phonology, Orthography, Syntax, Text structure and organization
    • Language variation and change
      • Understanding how languages vary in use (register, style, standard and non-standard varieties) and change over time and place: Variations in language, Changes in language use
    • Role of language and culture
      • Analysing and understanding the role of language and culture in the exchange of meaning: Language choices

Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Program and Textbook Series:

  • Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Stage 1
    • This set contains eight sets of textbooks and workbooks, covering eight major themes of communication and language uses. They are studied in two years or 8 terms.
  • Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Stage 2
    • This set contains eight sets of textbooks and workbooks, covering eight major themes of communication and language uses. They are studied in two years or 8 terms.
  • Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Stage 3
    • This set contains eight sets of textbooks and workbooks, covering eight major themes of communication and language uses. They are studied in two years or 8 terms.
  • Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Stage 4
    • This set contains eight sets of textbooks and workbooks, covering eight major themes of communication and language uses. They are studied in two years or 8 terms.
  • Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Stage 5
    • This set contains eight sets of textbooks and workbooks, covering eight major themes of communication and language uses. They are studied in two years or 8 terms.

Standard Chinese: Australian Curriculum – Alignment with T Course:

This program and series are fully aligned with T Course (Continuing).