Grade 4/5 Mandarin Chinese ES1 students are learning different Chinese words related to transportation. They started to write Chinese characters of different vehicles. This week, they learned to write sentences in the pattern of pronoun, time, transportation and activity (我+ 每天早上七点+ 坐汽车+ 上学). Students also practice their speaking skill through describing pictures related with vehicle. Games such as Chinese Whispers (pass the message) and Ball Toss were incorporated in the learning in order to practice students’ speaking and listening skills.
YCT is an international standardized Chinese language test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ ability to apply Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. It consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test is made up of four levels from YCT Level 1 to YCT Level 4. The oral test includes YCT-Speaking Basic and YCT-Speaking Intermediate, and the test taker’s on-site performance will be recorded.
The YCT is for non-native, primary and secondary school students up to age 15.
- YCT Level 1: can understand and use some of the most common Chinese phrases and sentences and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
- YCT Level 2: can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.
- YCT Level 3: having reached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.
- YCT Level 4: can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. When travelling in China, they can manage most forms of communication in Chinese.
This coming March 18, grade 3-5 students will take their YCT exams.