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Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School
Dear teachers, students and parents,
Last week, since I mentioned the 2024 enrolment is coming soon, many parents approached us enquiring about the enrolment of Accelerated Chinese Program (ACP). Today I would like to give you some more information about our ACP classes.
History of ACP classes
Since XJS established Year 1-4 ACP classes and Y10 intensive classes in 2007, the school has extended the ACP classes from year 1 to year 12 now. Year 1-9 ACP classes are delivered under the management of ACP department and Y10-12 ACP classes are under the leadership of VCE Chinese department.
The ACP classes were initially designed to cater for the specific learning needs of outstanding students whose Chinese levels are much higher than their peers and many teachers and parents proposed to give them extended learning opportunities. Due to the fact that there were quite a few classes in the same year level at the time and many experienced teachers would love to explore new teaching methods in Chinese language education, the first ACP classes were therefore established by a couple of leading teachers. It was a well-designed move to meet the development needs of Chinese language education at the time in accordance with the principles of invidualizing teaching approach to students’ aptitude, helping students to learn the language wider, deeper with more solid foundation.
After 16-year’s development and improvement, our ACP classes have been widely acknowledged and a loyal and outstanding teachers’ team has been largely appreciated in the field. Currently more than 1000 students are enrolled in our ACP classes in various year levels and there are more students presenting their intention of participation.
The features of ACP classes
The power behind the development of our ACP classes is ‘teachers + teaching methods”, which is also the focus of the school.
For Y1-9 ACP classes, we are specialised in these areas: 1. The textbook series Chinese is used for class learning (which has been adopted by all the Y1-9 Chinese classes now) with various topics focusing on stories and fables making them easily understood and accepted by young learners; 2. Flexible teaching methods supplemented with multimedia resources and various fun learning activities such as plays, dialogues practice and oral presentation have made students confident in Chinese communication; 3. Extra reading exercises with hands-on activities have encouraged students’ motivation in Chinese language learning.
Y10-12 including VCE Y11-12 ACP classes are more focused on the requirements of VCAA in Chinese First Language, Chinese Second Language, Chinese Second Language Advanced and Chinese Language, Culture and Society with XJS-designed learning materials, trying to improve students’ all-round language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing with individually designed VCE study plans and strengthening students’ understanding of language and culture and their culture recognition, providing a solid foundation for their future work and career plan.
The outcome of ACP classes
With solid foundation formed by our ACP classes, students have made wonderful achievements in their Chinese language learning.
In various international writing competitions in the past few years, Y1-9 ACP class students have won overwhelming prizes and nearly all the ACP class teachers have obtained Excellent Instructor Awards; Many Y10-12 ACP class students have won the top prizes in international writing competitions.
In various Chinese reciting competition, Chinese singing competition, Chinese culture quiz and Chinese character chess competition organised by the school and Victorian Chinese Schools Association, ACP class students have obtained excellent rankings.
Y10-12 ACP class students have made great achievements in their final VCE Chinese exams, making XJS one of the top achievers in Victoria. In 2022, the high score (40+) rate in VCE12 ACP classes is 55%.
In 2022, the only VCE Chinese full-scorer among community language schools, who is also the only student receiving VCE Premier’s Award due to excellent VCE Chinese performance was from one of our VCE12 ACP classes.
Entry selection and class time
The entry selection tests are open to all the community members and you are more than welcome to register for entering the tests if you are confident with your Chinese proficiency.
The selection tests for each year level might be arranged in different time or date and the methods of testing including oral tests, written tests, interview or video presentation. Please pay attention to the relevant notices issued by the school:
The ACP classes are available on both Saturdays and Sundays in morning and afternoon sessions.
In the end, I would like to give you some additional information: (1) Places in each ACP class are limited and you might be put on the waiting list if the class is full. (2) The successful teaching methods of ACP classes have now been recommended to basic Chinese classes and students would benefit in learning in these classes as well. You could consider ACP classes when there are places available. (3) The teachers for ACP classes and basic classes may be exchanged and we would ensure the high teaching quality for both ACP classes and basic classes, which is also our key to success in Chinese language education.
I hope you are well-informed now for 2024 enrolment. Let’s see you on campus this weekend.
Kevin Hu, Principal
Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School is a DET-accredited Child Safe community language school. If you have any concern and suggestions regarding the school’s child safe policy, please feel free to visit https://xjs.vic.edu.au/child-safety/ or call us at 9888 1688 or email us at [email protected].