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Chinese / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Recognise the contextual meanings of individual syllables or characters to assist comprehension and vocabulary development, and explain the form and function of components in individual characters, for example, 心,想,情,闷 (ACLCHU155)

Elaborations
  • inferring the meaning of unfamiliar characters by identifying familiar semantic and phonetic components of compound characters, and using contextual clues to map the form of characters to sound and meaning
  • using digital tools to write a specific character, and finding out its pronunciation by using online dictionaries
  • writing characters with correct structure and proportion when writing with and without 田字格, and discussing issues with remembering and reproducing individual components in characters, for example, discriminating between characters such as 冒、昌…
  • exploring a range of fonts in digital form and personal styles of writing, and appreciating the aesthetic value of calligraphy, including 硬笔书法
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Word meanings,  Character structures,  Chinese languages

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Languages online: Tetris game maker

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Languages online: matching game maker

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What's in a name? Chinese rivers, cities and provinces

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Samurai castle: Shogun [Japanese]

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Code breaker [Chinese]

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Radical hunt: school hunt [Chinese]

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Radical hunt: holiday hunt [Japanese]

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