Chinese Language and Culture

Mandarin is core subject in the curriculum at Harrow International School Shenzhen Qianhai. It is compulsory for all students to study Chinese language through to the end of Year 11.

Early Years and Year 1 students will be taught according to the school-based Chinese curriculum. We aim to continuously monitor student progression as they develop foundation skills in Mandarin.

From Year 2 to Year 9, we will use Chinese, the official textbook of compulsory education in China (edited by Wen Rumin) in line with local schools. As far as possible the curriculum will follow the National Chinese Curriculum Standards adapted as necessary to match the level of the students and the curriculum time available.

To cater for students from various background and language level, Mandarin at Harrow Shenzhen Qianhai focuses on differentiation and individual progression.

In Year 10 and Year 11 in Upper School, students will prepare for iGCSE First Language (available to native speakers) and Mandarin Foreign Language (available for non-native speakers).

AS and A-Level Chinese, suited to all language pathways will be offered in Year 12 and 13. This A-Level syllabus focuses on research skills and 21st century thinking skills, including evaluation of social issues and development.

Chinese New Year celebrations will be the main cultural event of the year where the whole School will come together in the spirit of cultural tradition to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

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