Chinese / Mandarin AS/A2 (A-Level / GCE): Edexcel

About the AS level Chinese:

The AS Level is split into 2 units:

Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in Chinese

 Externally assessed

30% of the total AS marks

15% of the total GCE marks

 Content summary:

This unit requires students to demonstrate an ability to speak Chinese for 5–6 minutesin response to a short English-language stimulus. Students will be expected to refer to a series of questions printed on the stimulus so that they can communicate effectively in Chinese about the stimulus topic. Students will need to express opinions as well as provide relevant and appropriate information. Each stimulus will link to one of the following general topic areas:

Food, diet and health/Transport, travel and tourism/Education and employment/Leisure, youth interests and Chinese festivals*.

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response in Chinese

70% of the total AS marks

35% of the total GCE marks

 Content summary:

This unit rewards students for their understanding of spoken and written Chinese, their ability to transfer meaning from Chinese into English and to produce continuous writing in Chinese. The latter would be an essay linked to a short Chinese-language stimulus. The unit draws on the following general topic areas: Food, diet and health/Transport, travel and tourism/Education and employment/Leisure, youth interests and Chinese festivals*.

and New year, mid-autumn festival, dragon boat festival, Ching Ming (Qing Ming)

Assessment:

2 hours 30 minutes

The assessment for this unit is divided into three sections:

Section A - listen to a range of recorded Chinese-language material and to retrieve and convey information given in the recording by responding to Chinese-language questions.

Section B (20 marks) - read Chinese-language printed materials and to retrieve and convey information by responding to a range of mainly target-language test-types.

Section C (30 marks) - write 180–200 characters of Chinese in the form of a letter, Students must respond to four to six bullet points based on the stimulus text and demonstrate their ability to communicate accurately in Chinese using correct grammar and syntax.

Students have control over the pace of this examination including the listening element.

CD recording will be provided for each student.

Detail of the specification can be found here  

About the A2 level:

Unit 3: Understanding, Written Response and Research in

Chinese

100% of the total A2 marks

50% of the total GCE marks

Content summary:

This unit rewards students for their ability to understand and respond in writing to written Chinese. It also enables them to demonstrate their ability to write in Chinese

and promotes knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture and/or society through focused research.

Topic areas: Food, diet and health/Transport, travel and tourism/Education and employment Leisure, youth interests and Chinese festivals/Environment (energy, pollution and environmental campaigns).

New year/mid-autumn festival/dragon boat festival/Ching Ming (Qing Ming)

 Assessment:

2 hours 45 minutes

The assessment for this unit is divided into four sections.

Section A: Reading - read a piece of authentic Chinese text and to retrieve and convey information from it. To demonstrate that they can do this, they will need to

answer a series of questions in Chinese.

Section B: Translation - transfer meaning from a short passage written in English into Chinese.

Section C: Essay writing - Students must write an essay in Chinese (250–500 characters) in response to an essay

title that links to the reading text in Section A. A

Section D: Research-based essay - Students will write in Chinese (250–500 characters) about an area of interest to them and which they have researched in advance. Students will be free to set their own titles for this activity. All research must link to Chinese culture and/or society and to a specific topic area, film or book chosen from a prescribed list.

NB: Students are not permitted to take any books, notes, dictionaries or texts into the examination room. However, they may refer to a plan which they must complete in advance of the examination using the Edexcel GCE in Chinese Research-based Essay Form.

Detail of the A2 specification can be found here

Past papers, Exemplar Materials

Question papers (up to 2011), Examiner reports, mark schemes, Essay guides (including the Research Based Essay (RBE)), Listening exam MP3s can be viewed through the Edexcel secure content area.  First go here then choose the resource you need and login using you centre details and password.   

Exemplar materials can be downloaded here without passwords. 

Further information about the RBE is contained in a separate article {LINK}.

Resources for AS, A2 and A-Level Chinese

Edexcel Chinese for AS Level: Student's Book, Michelle Tate Lisa Wang Xiaoming Zhu Rebekah X. Zhao Jiahua Liu Xiuping Li Linying Liu Nancy Yang by Hodder Education.

Chinese Made Easy Books 4 & 5 and Easy Steps to Chinese Books 5 to 8. both by Xingying Li & Yamin Ma, CME Books

Chinese for AS, Xiaoming Zhang and Kay Heppell , Cypress Books 

Chinese for A Level,  Xiaoming Zhang, Cypress Books

Advanced Level Chinese, Justin Wu

Edexcel Chinese for A2. Michelle Tate, Lisa Wang & Xiaoming Zhu by Hodder Education

Chinese A2 Examination Guide. Yu Bin and Emma Wu, by Cypress Books