Chinese Language and Literature
Chinese Language and Literature (CLL) is mainly designed to accommodate students transferring from local schools with native or near-native Chinese proficiency. At TES, they pursue Chinese as a first language and are most likely to study Chinese literature at high school.
The Chinese Language and Literature Course
The curriculum aims to extend literary competence as far as the students can reach, although local standard is not our benchmark because TES is a totally different learning context as far as Chinese language is concerned.
Students in the Primary School are introduced to a wide range of literary work, which matches both their cognitive and language developments. Such a high proportion of literary content is necessary to prepare CLL students for their continued pursuit of Chinese literature.
Their secondary years are filled with a full range of literary content, classic, modern and contemporary. Authors and titles are selected according to the requirements of IB. At the end of the programme, students will be able to engage in literary analysis, which is one of the core skills of the IB Diploma Language A courses.
In addition to the detailed study of literature, students also learn to fully understand the literal and cultural connotations of oral interactions in a range of social contexts. They learn how to appreciate and evaluate the cultural and social contexts in a wide range of oral and written communications, including etiquette specific to Chinese.
Students study literary works from the classic, modern, and contemporary periods in four literary genres: poetry, essay, fiction, and drama. Texts are provided by the school.