Cantonese Gcse

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Issue 3 October 2010

Edexcel GCSE in Chinese (2CN01) Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Chinese: Spoken Language (3CN0S) Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Chinese: Written Language (3CN0W) For first teaching from 2009

Welcome to the Edexcel GCSE in Chinese Specification.
Issue 3 As a result of feedback from centres we have made changes. This version is Issue 3 and key changes are indicated by a sideline. This specification has been written to help all your students succeed. It has been designed in sections to help you find your way around the content.

• The ‘specification at a glance’ pages give a clear and simple summary of the qualification, including the assessment arrangements, so you have all the important information in one handy place.

• Section A features the unit content. Written by our team of teachers • Section B provides clear and concise information about the

and examiners, it is presented in a style that allows you to quickly and easily see what you need to teach and what students need to learn.

assessment, including guidance about controlled assessment. You will also find all the practical information you need on making entries and assessing your students.

• Section C details the full range of support, services and training

available to help you plan and deliver the course. You will find information on the range of teaching and learning material that will help you implement the course effectively, and a summary of all our services designed to support you every step of the way.

The Edexcel GCSE in Chinese qualification will be supported better than ever before. Keep up to date with the latest news and services available by visiting our website:

The Edexcel GCSE and Edexcel GCSE (Short Courses) in Chinese are designed for use in schools and colleges. They are part of a suite of GCSE qualifications offered by Edexcel.

About this specification
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Choice of pathways, general, mixed or vocational, enabling personalised learning. Choice of focus in controlled speaking and writing assessments. Choice of tiers in reading and listening papers. Outcome-based assessment in speaking and writing. Emphasis on active use and manipulation of language. Builds on best practice from the previous Edexcel GCSE specification (including Applied Chinese). Written in consultation with practitioners. Facilitates content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Appropriate as additional or specialist learning (ASL) within the Diploma (Levels 1 and 2) Short Courses in two skill areas: listening and speaking or reading and writing. Logical progression route from Key Stage 3 and provides groundwork for the GCE AS and Advanced GCE in Chinese.

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Key subject aims
To enable students to develop:
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an understanding of Chinese in a variety of contexts a knowledge of Chinese vocabulary and structures transferable language learning skills the ability to communicate effectively in Chinese awareness and understanding of countries and communities where Chinese is spoken.

Edexcel GCSE in Chinese


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Qualification content
Knowledge, skills and understanding Unit 1 Listening and Understanding in Chinese

Overview Assessment overview Unit 2 Speaking in Chinese

Overview Assessment overview Assessment criteria Unit 3 Reading and Understanding in Chinese

Overview Assessment overview Unit 4 Writing in Chinese

Overview Assessment overview Assessment criteria


Assessment summary Assessment Objectives and weightings Relationship of Assessment Objectives to units Entering your students for assessment Student entry Forbidden combinations and classification code Access arrangements and special requirements Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Controlled assessment Summary of...
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