“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.“ Confucius
All Year 7 students receive taster sessions in Mandarin during Term 1 at MGSG. They are then able to opt into the study of Mandarin as an alternative to French from Term 2. These students are enrolled on the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) a prestigious intensive study course sponsored by the Deparment for Education involving four hours of taught lessons and four hours of independent study per week. The course is designed to allow students to make more rapid progress in the Chinese language. There are also many opportunities for cultural experiences throughout the academic year and we also benefit from the cultural and linguistic knowledge of a Hanban classroom assistant.
The Year 7 Mandarin course is based on the textbook “Jin Bu 1” which consists of five units. Each chapter introduces a new topic (greetings, family and home, hobbies, school, food and drink). Students also make use of several online resources and projects to help structure their independent study.
The Year 8 Mandarin course is based on the textbook “Jin Bu 2” which consists of five units. Each chapter introduces a new topic (holidays, personal identity, town and country, shopping) and presents new vocabulary, grammar and tenses, thus preparing students for language study at GCSE level.
Year 8 students also have the opportunity to attend a two week intensive learning study camp in China. The fully immersive course includes several cultural excursions and activities. The trip is currently heavily subsidised by the Department for Education.
Years 9, 10 and 11
Having introduced the Mandarin Excellence Programme in 2017/18,we do not yet have a Mandarin Cohort in the Upper School. When the time comes, we intend to offer the GCSE Edexcel 9-1 Qualification in Mandarin Chinese.
From September 2018, Year 12 and Year 13 students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese as an enrichment subject alongside their core A Level subjects.
This involves 1 hour per week of lesson time and a recommended 1 hour per week independent study to consolidate learning.
Successful completion of the course will result in students being awarded a HSK 1 or HSK 2 qualification (equivalent of Cambridge Proficiency Tests in English), which covers the basics of Mandarin Chinese, including greetings, family information, food and drink, shopping transactions, travel and directions.
This course is an optional extra and would make an impressive addition to a UCAS personal statement or job/apprenticeship application.