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Group 2MandarinLanguage B SL & ab initioHandbook(2012-2014)Batch Code: 0514Exam Session: May 2014Fairview International School ( 004093)Wangsa Maju CampusKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaPrepared by: Lee Fun NeeUpdated: June, 2012Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 1

ContentsPage A message3 Group 2 Aims4 Mandarin B SL Scheme of Work5 Mandarin B Assessment Objectives6 Mandarin B Syllabus Outline7 Mandarin B SL Assessment Outline9 Mandarin ab initio Scheme of Work10 Mandarin ab initio Assessment Objectives11 Mandarin ab initio Syllabus Outline12 Mandarin ab initio Assessment Outline13 Internal Assessment Timeline14 List of resourcesFairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin Handbook14Page 2

Philosophy Statement of Teaching and Learning Mandarin atFairview International SchoolAt Fairview International School we believe that teaching and learning Mandarin through DiplomaProgramme is most effective when teachers, students and parents work together with the followingmission and objectives in context: Fairview International School aims to be a vibrant centre for educational, personal and socialgrowth in the world providing a rich academic curriculum for children in the local andinternational community. Through the use of best practices in teaching and learning, students will become sensitiveand caring determined to make a positive difference in the world. To complement this goal of providing a holistic education for its students in the context of itsinternational community, Fairview International School will focus on supporting educators inthe region by consistently opening up opportunities to promote their continuousprofessional development.The main emphasis of Mandarin course is on language acquisition as well as elementary and practicalusage. The study of Mandarin entails acquiring the language system and applying it in four active andinterrelated ways: through listening, speaking, reading and writing. These four skills involveexchanging ideas and effective communication. Effective communication, in turn, involves theintellectual process of understanding how ideas can best be expressed to the audience concerned.Understanding ideas, and expressing them clearly and convincingly, demands an awareness of thecultural characteristics of the audience.Remember that my door is always open to help you at any stage of your Mandarin learning.Here to help,Lee Fun NeeMandarin TeacherFairview International SchoolWangsa Maju CampusFairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 3

Group 2 AimsGroup 2 consists of three language courses accommodating the different levels of linguisticproficiency that students have when they begin. There is a single set of group 2 aims, which arecommon to all the courses, but the assessment objectives are differentiated according to what thestudents are expected to be to able to demonstrate at the end of each course.The aims of group 2 are to:1. develop students’ intercultural understanding2. enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts andfor a variety of purposes3. encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness andappreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures4. develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge5. develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures withwhich they are familiar6. provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of anadditional language7. provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation throughknowledge of an additional language.Language B aimsThe aims of the language B course reflect those of group 2 listed above but are to be defined withinthe parameters of the language B syllabus. The range of contexts, purposes, language skills and textsto be taught are listed in “Syllabus content”. The use of appropriate language and the breadth ofintercultural understanding to be demonstrated are also defined within the syllabus content.Language ab inito aimsThe aims of the language ab initio course reflect those of group 2 listed above but are to be definedwithin the parameters of the language ab initio syllabus. The range of contexts, purposes, languageskills and texts to be taught are listed in “Syllabus content”. The use of appropriate language and thebreadth of intercultural understanding to be demonstrated are also defined within the syllabuscontent.Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 4

Subject and LevelBatch Code & Exam SessionTeacher/sScheme of Work( SOW) 2012- 2014DP Mandarin B SL0514 & Exam Session May 2014Ms Lee Fun NeeWOK -Perception Emotion Reason Language Ethics Mathematics Natural Sciences Human sciences History The Arts-AOKSemester 1ThinkersReflectiveOptionInternational Mindedness - Cultural al Awareness - International MindednessFairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 5PrincipledIntensive Revision and Mock ExamsThinkersSemester 4CoreReflectiveSemester 3(2nd half)Semester 2 & 3 (1st half)InquirersCommunicators Balanced s Balanced CaringUnit 1: GLOBAL ISSUES1.1 Environmental Issues1.2 Climate Change, Global Warming and Natural Disaster1.3 World Hunger and Poverty1.4 Migration (rural–urban, or international)1.5 International Economy1.6 Globalisation1.7 Drugs1.8 Energy ReservesUnit 2: CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS2.1 Celebrations, Social and Religious Events2.2 Etiquette and Protocols2.3 National Costumes2.4 Food2.5 The ArtsUnit 3: COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA3.1 Types of Media3.2 Sensationalism in Media3.3 Advertising3.4 Bias in mediaUnit 4: SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS4.1 Relationships (Friendship, Work, Family)4.2 Language and identity4.3 Social structures4.4 Social Behaviours and Stances4.5 Nationalism, Patriotism, Fanaticism4.6 Minorities4.7 Educational SystemUnit 5: LEISURE5.1 Recreation and Leisure Activities5.2 Hobbies5.3 Sports and Games5.4 Travelling (Ecotourism, Health Tourism and Self-organized Expedition)RemarksCoreKnowledgeableOpen-minded Risk-takersUnit titles and subtitlesOpen-minded Risk-takersPrincipledTerm

Mandarin B Assessment ObjectivesThere are six assessment objectives for the language B course. Students will be assessed on theirability to:1. communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguisticcompetence and intercultural understanding2. use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts3. understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy andfluency4. organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner5. understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts6. understand and use works of literature written in the target language of study (HL only).Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 6

Mandarin B syllabus outlineFigure 1Language B syllabus outlineLanguage B is a language acquisition course developed at two levels—standard level (SL) and higherlevel (HL)—for students with some background in the target language. While acquiring a language,students will explore the culture(s) connected to it. The focus of these courses is language acquisitionand intercultural understanding.The language B syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study ofthe core and the options at SL and HL, plus two literary works at HL, students build the necessaryskills to reach the assessment objectives of the language B course through the expansion of theirreceptive, productive and interactive skills.SL and HL are differentiated by the recommended number of teaching hours, the depth of syllabuscoverage, the study of literature at HL, and the level of difficulty and demands of assessment andassessment criteria.Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 7

The core—with topics common to both levels—is divided into three areas and is a required area ofstudy. Communication and media Global issues Social relationshipsIn addition, at both SL and HL, teachers select two from the following five options. Cultural diversity Customs and traditions Health Leisure Science and technologyAlso, at HL, students read two works of literature.At SL the minimum prescribed number of hours is 150 and at HL it is 240 hours.Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 8

Mandarin B SL - Assessment outlineFirst Examinations 2013Assessment componentWeightingExternal assessment70%Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes): Receptive skillsText-handling exercises on four written texts, based on the core.25%Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes): Written productive skillsOne writing exercise of 300–480 words from a choice of five, based on theoptions.25%Written assignment: Receptive and written productive skillsIntertextual reading followed by a written exercise of 360–480 words plusa 120-word rationale, based on the core.20%Internal assessmentInternally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.30%Individual oral (8–10 minutes)Based on the options: 15 minutes’ preparation time and a 10-minute(maximum) presentation and discussion with the teacher.20%Interactive oral activityBased on the core: Three classroom activities assessed by the teacher.10%Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 9

Subject and LevelBatch Code & Exam SessionTeacher/sScheme of Work( SOW) 2012- 2014DP Mandarin ab initio0514 & Exam Session May 2014Ms Lee Fun NeeWOK -Perception Emotion Reason Language Ethics Mathematics Natural Sciences Human sciences History The Arts-AOKCoreThinkersIntensive Revision and Mock ExamsInternational Mindedness - Cultural UnderstandingcollaborationPrincipledSemester 4CoreReflectiveSemester 3Semester 2Semester s Balanced CaringCoreInquirersUnit 1: INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY1.1 Personal details, appearance and character1.2 Food and drink1.3 Education1.4 Daily routines1.5 Relationships1.6 Physical health1.7 ShoppingUnit 2: LEISURE AND WORK2.1 Entertainment2.2 Holidays2.3 Sport2.4 Employment2.5 Media2.6 Technology2.7 TransportUnit 3: URBAN AND RURAL ENVIRONMENT3.1 Neighbourhood3.2 Town and services3.3 Physical geography3.4 Environmental concerns3.5 Global issues3.6 WeatherCommunicators Balanced CaringKnowledgeableRemarksKnowledgeableOpen-minded Risk-takersUnit titles and subtitlesOpen-minded Risk-takersTermCommunicationEnvironmental Awareness - International MindednessFairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 10

Mandarin ab initio Assessment ObjectivesThere are five assessment objectives for the language ab initio course. Students will be assessed ontheir ability to:1.demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to theprescribed topics2.communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations3.understand and use accurately the basic structures of the language4.understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary5.use a register and a format that are appropriate to the situation.Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 11

Mandarin ab initio Syllabus outlineFigure 2Language ab initio syllabus outlineThree areas of study—language, texts and themes—provide the basis of the two-year language abinitio course. These three fundamental areas are interconnected and should be studied concurrently.Interactive, productive and receptive skills are developed through study in these three areas and areof equal importance.The language ab initio course is displayed above in a diagram with intercultural understanding at itsheart to demonstrate both its importance and its interrelatedness within the areas of language, textsand themes. Intercultural understanding is defined as an ability to demonstrate an understanding ofcultural diversity and/or similarity between the target culture(s) and the student’s own. The studentdevelops a greater awareness of his or her own culture(s) through learning about another.Intercultural understanding provides both the link between the three areas of the course and the lensthrough which they should be addressed.The course is available at SL only; the minimum prescribed number of hours is 150.Fairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 12

Mandarin ab initio - Assessment outlineFirst Examinations 2013Assessment componentWeightingExternal assessment75%Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes): Receptive skillsUnderstanding of four written texts. (40 marks)Text-handling exercises.30%Paper 2 (1 hour): Productive skillsTwo compulsory writing exercises. (25 marks)Section A (7 marks): One question to be answered from a choice of two.Section B (18 marks): One question to be answered from a choice of three.25%Written assignment (2 hours): Receptive and productive skillsA piece of writing, 240–360 words, in the target language carried out in classunder teacher supervision. (20 marks)20%Internal assessment (10 minutes): Interactive skills 25%Individual oral (25 marks)Three-part oral internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated bythe IB towards the end of the course.Part 1: Presentation of a visual stimulus (from a choice of two) by thestudentPart 2: Follow-up questions on the visual stimulusPart 3: General conversation including at least two questions on thewritten assignmentFairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 13

Internal Assessment TimelineGroup 2Written assignmentIndividual oralMandarin B SL1st half of Semester 32nd half of Semester 3Mandarin ab initio1st half of Semester 32nd half of Semester 3List of ResourcesFairview International School provides textbooks and references below in the library: DP Mandarin B and ab initio reference bookOther Mandarin books, newspaper and internetChinese Made Easy Textbook 1 – 5 (Simplified Characters), Yamin MaChinese Made Easy Workbook 1- 5 (Simplified Characters), Yamin MaGlobal Chinese Language And Culture Center: www.huayuworld.orgBBC Real Chinese: rg/ReferenceIB Diploma Programme (2011) Language ab initio guide First examinations 2013. Cardiff: InternationalBaccalaureate OrganizationIB Diploma Programme (2011) Language B guide First examinations 2013. Cardiff: InternationalBaccalaureate OrganizationFairview International School, IBDP Grp 2: Mandarin HandbookPage 14

First Examinations 2013 Assessment component Weighting External assessment Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes): Receptive skills Text-handling exercises on four written texts, based on the core. Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes): Written productive skills One writing exercise of 300–480 words from a choice of five, based on the options.