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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.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
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 have a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the 2022-2024 syllabus including:
These materials are available on our School Support Hub.
View supporting resources 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
For the listening exam, candidates will submit their answers on a multiple-choice answer sheet. They will not submit them on the question paper. At the end of the exam candidates will have six minutes to transfer their answers from the question paper onto the multiple-choice answer sheet. Find out more information and view a sample multiple-choice answer sheet.
From June 2022, for the listening exam, candidates will submit their answers on a multiple-choice answer sheet. They will not submit them on the question paper. At the end of the exam candidates will have six minutes to transfer their answers from the question paper onto the multiple-choice answer sheet. Find out more information and view a sample multiple-choice answer sheet.
For some subjects, we publish grade descriptions to help understand the level of performance candidates’ grades represent.
We paused the publication of grade descriptions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the awarding standard in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
As the awarding standard has now returned to the pre-pandemic standard, we are working to produce up-to-date grade descriptions for most of our general qualifications. These will be based on the awarding standards in place from June 2023 onwards.
Check the Submit for Assessment page and the samples database for information and guidance on submitting moderated and examined work using Submit for Assessment.
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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