Cambridge IGCSE

Mandarin Chinese

Syllabus overview

This syllabus is designed for learners who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Mandarin Chinese is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.

We believe that building children’s interest in Chinese is key so that they stay motivated to learn. Hence, our Chinese as a Foreign Language Programme is a thematic programme that teaches children Chinese through age-appropriate activities and role-playing of daily scenarios.

We also want to deepen their understanding of Chinese culture to ensure that they are “China-ready” later on in life.