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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.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
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 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