Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School

Year 11 Chinese

Guidance for Parents

What will students be studying in Mandarin this year?

In Year 11 students will be working on their Speaking and Writing Controlled Assessment tasks. Students will need to complete three Controlled Assessment tasks in speaking and writing during Years 10 and 11. Two speaking tasks and two Writing tasks will need to be submitted to the board by the end of the year. They will also develop their reading and language skills through the study of new topic material.

Expectations of Students in Mandarin

Year 11 lessons take place during lunch break for one hour and after school for one hour each week. Students will need to revise and prepare for a vocabulary test for each chapter.

What are the major assessments this year?

Year 11 students will need to finish all their Controlled Assessment GCSE tasks by the end of the year.  

What will the current performance grade be based on, and what do the levels mean?

The current performance grades will be based on their work in class as well as their marks in End of Unit exams and Controlled Assessment tasks.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher. She should try to identify specific areas of the subject which she is finding a challenge so that we can offer targeted support. Additional exercises can be found online with free registration: Mandarin,  also  bbc bitesize Mandarin

How can I support my daughter in Year 11?

The best way to support your daughter is by taking an interest in her work in Mandarin. No prior knowledge is required! Indeed if you have never studied Mandarin you might find it interesting for your daughter to share some of her learning with you as this is a powerful way for her to reinforce her knowledge and understanding of the subject. Do offer to help with testing vocabulary.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

To do well in Chinese, students should practise and develop vocabulary and speaking skills on a regular basis. Students will be set regular homework targeted at different topics with core vocabulary and grammar. Students need to take responsibility for regular revision of all aspects of language.


Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Mr Moren has oversight of the twilight language courses and will be pleased to follow up any queries: