Chinese / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding / Language variation and change

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the role of tradition in contemporary language use and how languages change over time (ACLCHU111)

Elaborations
  • exploring the use of classical language such as 成语 and how this refines the style of writing when comparing 口语 and 书面语, for example, 她很漂亮 and 她貌美如花
  • reading texts consisting of 名人名言 (for example, 孔子说…), and discussing the cultural meaning of the quote and how it is relevant to contemporary language use, including why it is still quoted widely in modern writing, for example, 三人行必有吾师
  • exploring the nature of common idioms (成语), identifying their meanings and recognising how they can be used to add a sense of style to everyday communication, for example, 年年有余、人山人海
  • examining how globalisation is impacting on Chinese values and language use, for example, how responses to praise are shifting to reflect a western concept of gratitude (谢谢) rather than the modesty of the past (哪里哪里)
  • exploring the ways in which English words and phrases are incorporated into everyday communication in Chinese in digital media, for example, English expressions of emotion used in chat forums and text messaging ( happy ), and Pinyin abbreviations replacing characters ( L P = 老婆)
  • investigating the use of internet language, including numerical representations of words (55555 = 呜呜他在哭) as a means of private communication among youth
  • examining how the adaptation of words reflects and encourages change, for example, gender equality is reflected in the use of to acknowledge females and to include both men and women
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Language evolution,  Chinese languages

Interactive Resource

Language Learning Space

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Teacher resource

China and globalisation

This is a website that focuses on the teaching of elementary Chinese language through six units that are populated with teaching and assessment ideas, historical and contemporary information, still images, video content, downloadable worksheets, hyperlinks to further resources and Chinese language flash cards. The six units ...

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Languages online: Chinese module one: meet my family - video

This is a short video in Chinese showing a teenage boy visiting a friend's house and interacting with his sisters and his mother. The conversation uses several different forms of greeting, introduction, and questions about family members' ages and occupations. The video is accompanied by a script that can be toggled to ...

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Go Hanyu!

This resource is a series of four videos with supporting activities for learners of Chinese across Stages 4–6.

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Leadership and Chinese language: working together

This National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) resource is a short online video showing how a teacher of Chinese language in primary school used ICT to promote parent participation in Chinese language learning as well as engaged students and colleagues. Supported by the Leadership team, she introduced ...

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Impact of Web 2.0 technologies in Asian LOTE classrooms: ICT professional development project

This online PDF resource is an evaluation report of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) ICT Professional Development Project (ICTPD). This cross-sectoral research project, led by DEECD, trialled the use of Web 2.0 and other forms of ICT in LOTE classrooms for Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese ...

Teacher resource

Learning from short-term sojourns in China

This National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) resource is a PDF report by the University of Melbourne Chinese Teacher Training Centre presenting the outcomes of educational research into the nature and potential benefits of short sojourns in China for Australian school students of Chinese language. ...

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The journey: how can students control their own learning?

This National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) resource is an online video focusing on the role of computer assisted teaching in self-directed language learning. The video uses teacher voice-over, student interviews, images of students learning and images of educational software to demonstrate three ...