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9 Chinese Second Language

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Lin

Chinese, with its rich cultural background and unique writing, is a most intriguing language. It is the most spoken language in the world and also the first language for many in our community. Learning Chinese will give you access to many opportunities regardless of the career path you choose.

The themes of the Year 9 beginners’ course are China, Chinese Characters, Introducing Yourself, and Making Friends.

The topics are:

  • Talking about yourself and your family
  • Asking people about their personal details and their families
  • Describing animals and talking about your pets
  • Talking with your friends about the sports you are interested in
  • Telling people about things you are good at.

You will also learn to write Chinese characters, explore Chinese calligraphy and experience a range of Chinese culture activities, such as paper cutting, Chinese dumplings and rice ball making and Chinese festival cards. You will learn Chinese through pair and group work, role plays, games, songs, competitions, interactive technologies and our textbook.

An example of our Year 9 students introducing themselves

Course Overview

Term 1
1. Introduction to China and Chinese Language
2. Introducing one another
3. Numbers

Term 2
1. Times and Dates
2. Whose is this?
3. My family and what they do

Term 3
1. Pets, animals and Chinese zodiac signs
2. Countries, nationality and languages
3. I like.....

Term 4
1. My friends and school
2. Food and drinks
3. Revision

Recommended Prior Learning

This is a course for those who have little prior knowledge of Chinese.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Highly recommended: NiHao 1 Student Workbook approx. $60 (Students purchase theirs at the EGGS stationery shop)

Highly recommended: $50 Education Perfect (combined subscription with Maths and Science)

Students must also purchase a 1B5 exercise book (approximately $2.00).

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in cultural enrichment activities. These cost between $2 to $6 depending on the activities.

Description Type Value
Education Perfect Voluntary $50.00
NiHao1 Student Workbook Voluntary $60.00


Continued study in Year 10, 11, 12, 13 and university. Mandarin Chinese is university entrance accredited subject, and is also offered by all major New Zealand universities. HSK Chinese Proficiency Exam; exchange and scholarship opportunities. Here's just a few of many Chinese career opportunities that await you!!
Research analyst (someone can help companies to make better business decisions for their Asian/Chinese market), global marketing specialist, government agent (with more than 300,000 Chinese migrants in NZ, our government needs you), Chinese teacher, ESOL teacher (you can teach both in non-English speaking countries as well as in English speaking countries), translator, interpreter, cultural promoter.

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.