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  1. Years 7-8
  2. Chinese
  3. Activities
  4. Listening and Responding
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Listening and Responding

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 4 (end of Year 8)
Grade A Bailey  
Grade C Lee  

Description of activity

The class listens to a group of young people discussing their food and drink preferences. Students then complete an information-gap activity where they match the name of the speaker to a food/drink item, and indicate a preference (love, like, hate, dislike). In order to prepare a lunch menu, students use this information to write a note in Chinese as a reminder of what each individual prefers. They need to mention the name of the person, the food/drink item and state whether the person likes or dislikes it.


This is an introductory activity from a unit of work about eating and drinking. Students have listened to conversations about food and drink preferences. They have participated in communicative activities to internalise vocabulary, and have been given exercises to practise and consolidate their knowledge of new structures. They have learnt vocabulary relating to food and drink, and they can identify what they like and dislike.


A student:

4.UL.1 demonstrates understanding of the main ideas and supporting detail in spoken texts and responds appropriately
4.UL.4 applies a range of linguistic structures to express own ideas in writing
4.MLC.1 demonstrates understanding of the importance of appropriate use of language in diverse contexts
4.MLC.2 explores the diverse ways in which meaning is conveyed by comparing and describing structures and features of Chinese.

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • understand the spoken text, by identifying:
    • the main ideas
    • specific information
  • create accurate and clear texts, using:
    • correct word order
    • appropriate vocabulary
  • respond to the conversation they have heard, by:
    • providing information in note form
    • selecting and incorporating modelled linguistic structures
    • writing a series of linked sentences
  • apply knowledge of the Chinese writing system, by:
    • using Hànzì and Pīnyīn accurately.
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