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Overview

Did you know that with around 1.1 billion speakers across the globe, Chinese is the world's most spoken language? It makes sense, then, that studying Chinese can open up many opportunities for one's future. Given Australia's strong economic ties with China, employers in the business world are always seeking people who can speak a foreign language, and Chinese stands as one of the most sought after languages. What's more, studying Chinese means you are also gaining insight into an ancient culture and civilisation that dates back to 4000 years, allowing you to explore Asian perspectives and another way of life. So, what are you waiting for? See how learning Chinese can help your future.


Chinese (Years 7 to 9)

Students undertaking Chinese in the junior grades will get the opportunity to build upon the fundamentals of the language. Unit topics include but are not limited to Greetings, My Personal World, Hobbies & Entertainment and Food, Food, Food! Step into a junior Chinese classroom and you will often see many language games, activities and songs, which are used to liven the classroom. 

Chinese (Years 10 to 12)

A competitive edge in ATAR scores can be achieved by students undertaking the ATAR eligible Senior Chinese (Mandarin) Program. Unit topics include My World, Exploring Our World, Our Society, and My Future, which are aimed at language use in real-life environments. This program provides students with strong language skills, 21st Century Asia Literacy skills, and a deep level of intercultural understanding. These skills are highly valued in the contemporary Australian and international workforces including career pathways toward management and leadership positions. 


VET Chinese (Years 10 to 12)

Yeronga State High School was the first school to develop and deliver Chinese language programs in Queensland through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. We offer Certificate II and Certificate III in Applied Languages (Chinese Mandarin) with a vocational focus on tourism and hospitality. VET plays a very important role in senior secondary education where VET certificate courses are nationally recognised and endorsed qualifications within the Australian Qualifications Framework. Our focus on Chinese for tourism and hospitality contexts is a high priority industry focus for Queensland and prepares students for the real world of work. Qualifications are based on industry endorsed competency standards and are recorded on the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). A unique feature of our offerings is that international students can study a VET course under the Yeronga State High School scope of registration.


Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12)

At Yeronga State High School we have a number of students studying German, Vietnamese, Spanish, Arabic, and French.  These subjects are offered off-line either through tutorial lessons one afternoon a week or through the Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE).

Please note: subjects studied through the BSDE may attract a small annual fee. 

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Last reviewed 27 November 2019
Last updated 27 November 2019