Mandarin GCSE: Life in school

Superhero teenager Xiaojuan has forgotten to tell her parents she has an exchange student to stay.

The family try to hide their superhero identity as Xiaojuan tells her visitor all about her school in the UK: teachers, subjects, location, food, extra-curricular clubs, and how it is different to her previous school in China, using common GCSE-level grammar and vocabulary.

This clip is from the series The Superhero Family.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to practise introductions.

Set comprehension questions for pupils to answer in class or at home to prepare for Listening exam.

Pupils could recreate scenes in class/write a summary for homework.

This clip could help to prepare pupils for controlled assessment (speaking).

Identify grammatical structures that pupils should use in speaking and writing.

Pupils could use the film to “get their ear in” just before the final Listening exam.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Mandarin to GCSE level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, covering topics common to both the AQA and Edexcel exam boards.

It is also relevant for Mandarin National 5 and Higher pupils in Scotland.

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