Trial Class

IGCSE Chinese

Mandarin Plus Cambridge IGCSE course is focus on the skills of reading, writing, listening and oral. Through learning with us , the students can achieve a thorough understanding of a wide range registers, styles and learning to communicate effectively in different situation. Our experienced teaching team provides students the best possible preparation for Cambridge program and qualifications.

This course is using syllabus of Cambridge IGCSE Chinese test system. It was customized for native or non-Chinese speakers to well prepare their school exams and IGCSE international tests. The learning content and paces are scientific and easy to grab.

Cambridge IGCSE Chinese Course

Aims: 
• develop the ability to communicate effectively using the target language
• offer insights into the culture and society of countries where the language is spoken
• develop awareness of the nature of language and language learning
• encourage positive attitudes towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures
and civilisations
• provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
• develop transferable skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences) to complement other areas of the
curriculum
• form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for progression to work or further study, either
in the target language or another subject area.
Content overview:
The subject content is organised around five broad Topic areas which provide contexts for the acquisition of
vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. Through the study of these Topic areas, candidates gain
insight into target language countries and communities.

Course topics

Topic Elementary Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advance Topic
1 My school My family Cancelation of middle school general exam Food and Drink Culture 1
2 To buy stationery People who is influential to me Join boarding school “Dear Andreas” review 2
3 To buy gift My dream Benefit of school uniform International school 3
4 My relativies Travelling Bad habits of youth Supper 4
5 To do house work Study tour Be a social worker at village Traditional values 5
6 To have a pet Learning Chinese Mid school student in love Spring rolls 6
7 To celebrate birthday Chinese dishes Review “Gongfu Panda” Living styles 7
8 Mid-autumn Festival Food and health Shut down social online platform Inner and external beauty 8
9 Spring Festival Festivals and cuisine Electronic school bag Stress of high school exam 9
10 To ask for direction Modern technology Urban and Rural area Styles to relax 10
11 Vocation Entertainment Memorable trips Camping 11
12 My summer holiday Care for society Life with low carbon consumption Debate Club 12
13 Spring festival and Christmas Online and paper books 13
14 Dining etiquette for Chinese cuisine. Food waste 14
15 Globalised food culture Domestic robots 15

Fees and Course schedule

Trial class Private Duration
Free (45 mins) contact us for arrangement. $65/hr @ 30hrs package At lease1.5hr for home tuition while at least 1hr in our centre

Group class 2-4 kids: Fr $156/month  per pax

Course Number Group size Schedule Timing Frequent
Beginner IGCSE2019A 2-4 Every Thursday 4:30-6 Once a week
Intermediate IGCSE2019B 2-4 Every Tuesday 5-6:30 Once a week
Advanced IGCSE2019C 2-4 Every Saturday 2-3:30 Once a week

IGCSE Chinese As Second Language Exam (2020-2022):                                                                                                                                

Paper 1

2 hours
Reading and Writing 60%
60 marks
Written examination consisting of five
exercises that test a range of reading
and writing skills. Types of task include:
information transfer, short-answer questions,
multiple-matching, functional writing and
extended writing.
Externally assessed

Paper 2:

Approx. 35–45 minutes
Listening 20%
30 marks
Written examination consisting of four
exercises that test listening skills. Candidates
listen to recordings of short and longer spoken
texts. Types of task include: short-answer
questions, gap-fill sentences, information
correction and multiple-choice questions.
All listening material is recorded in Mandarin
Chinese.
Externally assessed

Component 3

Approx. 10–13 minutes
Speaking 20%
60 marks
The Speaking test is conducted in Mandarin
Chinese.
The Speaking test consists of three parts:
candidates give a two- to three-minute
presentation, followed by a short discussion
with the examiner about the presentation,
followed by a short conversation with the
examiner about general topics.
Internally assessed and externally moderated

 

IGCSE Chinese As Second Language Exam Speaking Topics (2020-2022):                                                                                                                                

Area A

Young people and education
Education and career
Peer relationships

A1.School and education
A2.Future career plans
A3.Friendship
A4.Peer pressure/conflict

Area B

Society
Family relationships
Health and fitness
Leisure activities
Communication and technology

B1.Generation gap
B2Young people
B3.Healthy eating
B4.Sports and exercise
B5.Films and the media
B6.Hobbies
New means of communication
Social networking
Learning technology

 

Area C

The world
Geographical surroundings
Environment

C1.Urban and rural life
C2.Travel
C3.Home town and surrounding areas
C4.Pollution
C5.Recycling
C6.Global warming

Area D

Cultural diversity
Life at home and in other countries

D1.Festivals and celebrations
D2.Customs and traditions
D3.Culinary diversity

 

IGCSE Chinese As Foreign Language Exam  (2020-2022):                                                                                                                                

 

Paper 1

approximately 35 minutes
Listening 25%
30 marks
Candidates listen to a number of recordings
and answer questions testing comprehension
Externally assessed

Paper 2

1 hour 15 minutes
Reading 25%
36 marks
Candidates read a number of texts and answer
questions testing comprehension
Externally assessed

 

Paper 3

approximately 15 minutes
Speaking* 25%
100 marks
Candidates complete two role plays, a topic
presentation/conversation and a general
conversation
Internally assessed/externally moderated

Paper 4

1 hour 15 minutes
Writing 25%
45 marks
Candidates respond in the target language to
three tasks
Externally assessed

 

IGCSE Chinese As Foreign Language topics Area  (2020-2021):                                                                                                                                

 

Area A

Everyday activities
Home life and school
Food, health and fitness
A1.Home life
A2.School routine
A3.Eating and drinking
A4.Health and fitness

Area B

Personal and social life

Self, family and personal relationships
Holidays
B1.Self, family, personal relationships, pets
B2.Everyday life
B3.Eating out
B4.Holidays

Area C

The world around us
Home town and local area
Natural and made environment
People, places and customs
C1.Home town and geographical surroundings
C2.Clothes
C3.Shopping
C4.Public services, customs, etc.
C5.Weather
C6.Finding the way
C7.Meeting and greeting phrases
C8.Travel and transport
C9.Famous sites and famous cities
C10.Animals

Area D

The world of work
Continuing education
Careers and employment
D1.Further education and training
D2.Future career plans
D3Employment

Area E

The international world
Tourism at home and abroad
Life in other countries
E1.Holiday travel and transport (see also C8)
E2.Geographical surroundings (see also C1)
E3.Weather (see also C5)
E4.Places and customs
E5.Food and drink (see also A3)
E6.Meeting people (see also C7)

 

 

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testimonials

Very well structured. Good method of teaching and lot of revision , overall a very good option to start learning Chinese. The teacher was very friendly and helpful and encouraging. The group class meant that we could ask questions to each other and have conversations.

Satish Krishnamurthy

I am very pleased with the private group online Mandarin course; the course was well structured and the teacher, Ms Wang Cheng ensured that the lesson pace was well suited for the students. The usage of new vocabulary and grammar in sentence formation allowed me to familiarise and understand the language better. Ms Wang also provided us with additional resources to aid our learning. Will recommend this course to anyone looking to speak and read basic Mandarin.

Varshah Gunasagar

I Just finished HSK 1 & HSK 2 private lessons , started back in August with Selina Lǎoshī. I had a great experience & value, & willing to learn more next year. She was very patient & kind, always flexible in her timing, & professional. Thank you 🙂

Thoroughly pleased with the value I received from my time learning at Mandarin Plus. Apart from the regular curriculum, my teacher was also very willing and able to guide me in tailoring a specific pitch that I had to prepare for a business presentation which boosted my confidence tremendously. Even my colleagues were surprised by the marked improvement of my Mandarin level. Overall, very happy with Mandarin Plus.

Kevin Ling

I finished one course of 2-people group lessons and signed up for more. Even with circuit breaker, we still do weekly Zoom tuition and the quality of the class is just as high.

Laoshi is great in that she tailors each lesson to our levels and picks vocabulary she thinks is most useful for us instead of just relying on the textbook. We have short oral presentations every week and she also provides us with extra language videos or links to supplement our learning.

Jilian Fu

 

I have been learning at Mandarin Plus for 5 months at classroom tuitions and online tuitions. Both are conducted by Ms.Selina effectively especially for oral practice. She is very patient and kind as well as professional. I really enjoy learning Chinese now.

Yasukoo Lee

 

I started my online Mandarin classes in April2020. I found my weekly 2 hour HSK 1 zoom classes very effective. There were 3 students and our teacher Ms. Wang Cheng created a learning atmosphere that engaged and challenged us. It motivated me to learn to write the Chinese characters as well.
The CB period pushed us to zoom classes and I have really enjoyed them. The big plus is I can do them from the comfort of my home and do not have to waste time travelling back and forth to class.
Deon Joseph

Very satisfied with my learning experience. Staff are very responsive and transparent with rates and terms. Private class teaching method was very flexible. Our professor taught extra vocabulary so that we could immediately apply it to the workplace and business context. School is easily accessible cos of CBD location. Greatly recommend for foreigners who want to learn and improve Chinese.

Martin Verdejo

Selina was recommended to me by one of my friend whose son had been enjoying taking lessons with her for a few years and was very satisfied with the level he had achieved. My children are French and respectively 16 and 13 year-old. They have been learning Chinese in school as a 2nd language and needed extra-teaching hours to improve their speaking and writing skills.
My son used to say that he hated Chinese language and was really unhappy to have to learn it. However, since he has started with Selina, slightly more than a year ago, his level has not only improved substantially but now also finds Chinese interesting and do not complain anymore before going to class.
His school Chinese teacher was impressed by his progression and participation in class.
I really recommend Selina; She is an excellent Chinese tutor.

Veronique Viardot-Foucault

 

I enjoyed 16 hours of one-to-one Mandarin classes which were tailored to my level of Mandarin (rusty, primary school level) and interests. The teacher was patient, good at listening and explaining, and responded to my interest in polishing my Mandarin whilst introducing a new level of technical and modern vernacular which I sorely lacked. By using various techniques, e.g. reading conversations, increasing relevant vocab in bitesized batches, looking at current news videos or documentaries, reading news items and blogs by the younger set, I was enthusiastically reintroduced to the modern world of Mandarin. We even looked at current websites. Much of my practice material was very relevant to the current affairs. Everything we worked on was recorded and shared with me via Google Docs. Excellent.

I have taken private Mandarin lessons from Lilian, who is a perfect teacher with well-prepared curriculum. Best place for beginners.

MandarinPlus has given me the confidence to communicate in Mandarin to my colleagues, patients at work, and with my friends. The lessons are well structured and they have flexible timings you can adjust to, depending on your schedule. The teachers are very dedicated to giving you the most out of the 1 hour or 1.5 h lessons and will make sure you understand everything before carrying on to the next lesson.

My teacher, Lilian W, is very credible, patient and willing to go the extra mile making sure my pronunciation etc. is perfect. The one-to-one classes are worth the money as they provide quality content. Certification is also given once you have completed any of the levels.