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This syllabus is designed for learners who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.
The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Mandarin Chinese is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.
From 2020 examination this syllabus will no longer be regulated by the qualifications and examinations regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Changes to the syllabus and specimen papers reflect the change in regulated status. This syllabus will continue to be available worldwide.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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We review all of our syllabuses regularly to make sure they continue to meet the needs of our schools. We have updated this syllabus and all assessment materials to improve how learners understand and produce both written and spoken texts in Chinese. These changes are for examination from 2022.
The 2022 syllabus aims to develop language proficiency at A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR). We have:
Visit the CEFR website for more information on the framework and levels.
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2022 onwards. Please see the 2022-2024 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2022-2024 syllabus.
The following resources will be available from April 2020 onwards through our School Support Hub and include:
View the latest resources that are being developed for Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin Chinese (0547).
Mandarin for Cambridge IGCSE (Cambridge University Press)
Students explore engaging topics – such as festivals – through texts, images and audio enhanced activities that bring the language and culture to life. The skills-based approach helps students remember the language as they practise with classmates.
Read more on the Cambridge University press website
Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin Chinese (Hodder)
Provide guidance, exercises and examples in all four key skills, with speaking, listening, reading and writing integrated into every chapter; updated to support the latest Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin Chinese (0547) syllabus.
Read more on the Hodder website