Chinese / Year 9 and 10 / Communicating / Translating

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Curriculum content descriptions

Create bilingual texts, identifying similarities between Chinese and English syntax and vocabulary, and explaining how these similarities can be used when transferring culture- or context-specific ideas from Chinese into English

[Key concepts: similarities, cultural positioning, sensitivity; Key processes: translating, captioning]


  • producing bilingual displays about Chinese language, culture or contemporary society to share learning and knowledge with the whole school community, for example, a poster display on Chinese characters, on earthquake-prone areas such as Sichuan, on youth cultures in China, or on the Chinese community in Australia
  • creating own texts in Chinese and exploring how word choices impact on the subtlety or accuracy of intended meaning
  • considering ways of exemplifying ideas to ensure effective mediation of ideas or information as opposed to word for word translation, for example, 谢谢您!— 不谢!(‘Thank you!’ — ‘You’re welcome!’)
  • using alternative ways of expressing meanings when communicating complex ideas, for example, 一个孩子 for 独生子女
  • using print and online dictionaries to expand their own linguistic repertoire and convey subtle meanings when creating own texts, understanding the risks of word-for-word translation
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Bilingual texts,  Chinese languages

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