Mandarin


Intent

Carisbrooke College encourages all students to become true citizens of the world and a critical understanding of the importance of China around the globe today plays a key role in this.
With Chinese the most widely spoken language in the world, the study of Mandarin at Carisbrooke aims to both unlock the mysteries of this ancient language for learners in a clear and simple way while also infusing lessons with a cultural and political awareness of China as a nation.

Implementation

Students who study the language at GCSE are afforded a range of opportunities to experience the culture first-hand. Opportunities have included direct interaction with native Chinese teachers in and outside of class and learners have been invited on regular trips to both consolidate and further their learning. Previous trips have included visits to the BFI in London where students have expanded their language abilities through the analysis of Chinese cinema along with a trip to China itself – a once in a lifetime experience that allowed learners to enrich their language skills and explore the country up close while also developing and maturing as individuals.

Translation:

我们鼓励所有的学生能够洞观世界,并且能够意识到当代中国对世界的重要。汉语是世界上使用最广泛的语言,因此,我们学校的汉语教学旨在通过简单清晰的方式为学习者解开这古老语言的奥秘,同时也融入了这一民族的文化与政治意识。我们学校为学习汉语的学生提供了很多机会去亲身体验这种文化,进一步巩固和拓展学习,如课堂内外与中国教师直接交流,定期组织学生旅行等。我校学生曾参加伦敦BFI组织的中国电影讲座,学生们通过分析中国电影,提高了自己的语言能力。还有一次中国之旅,在他们人生中,意义非凡,学生们近距离地去探索这个国家,使用这门语言,对于他们自己来说,也是一个自我发展与成熟的机会。