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Cairns State High School Chinese Language Academy to launch in 2019


​Cairns State High School will next year launch a Chinese Language Academy. 

Local students will be able to access intensive support as beginner learners of Chinese (Mandarin).  

Applications are now open for Years 5 and 6 students and an Expression of Interest (EOI) form is due to the school by Friday 30 November. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 December.  

Applicants must be beginner learners and have the strong desire to access quality experiences, commit to additional learning activities and be keen to develop their academic talent. Current Cairns State High Year 7 and 8 students are also able to complete an EOI to access the academy to accelerate their development in Mandarin.

As a beginner extension curriculum, students engage in a range of topics not normally included in the classroom environment, practice speaking skills by being immersed in a Mandarin language environment. Reading, listening and writing skills are also explicitly developed. Cultural activities throughout the year add to students’ experience in language, providing context and real life practice in Chinese. 

Chinese Academy lessons will commence on Thursday 7 February and run for 8 weeks each term after school. Lessons are held in the Language Precinct in R Block, near the Library (entry via Upward Street).

The Academy is staffed by an experienced Chinese language teacher permanently on the Languages staff at Cairns State High and additional support is provided by senior students who volunteer their time time to tutor and mentor the younger learners.

Mandarin is standard Chinese, which is based on the particular Mandarin dialect spoken in Beijing, with some lexical and syntactic influence from other Mandarin dialects. It is the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the de facto official language of the Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan), and one of the four official languages of the Republic of Singapore. It also functions as the language of instruction in Mainland China and in Taiwan. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.  

More than one billion people speak Mandarin as their first language making it the most spoken language in the world. If you wish to learn a language that one in six people in the world speaks, this is the one for you!

Hand EOI in directly to the CSHS main office or email to Dr Stefanie Biancotti, Head of Languages - Applications close on 30 November 18.