Languages other than English

In Dalyellup College we recognise the importance of offering a Language Other Than English, which is Mandarin. It is China’s official language and the main spoken and written language of Chinese communities around the world such as Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia. The Chinese language is recognised as an important language for young Australians to have access to during our students’ schooling as Australia progresses towards a future of increased trade and engagement with Asia. This is particularly important as our bilateral relationships in trade and investment as well as educational exchanges, research and development in science and technology are strong with China. 

Students are required to learn Mandarin in Year 7 and 8 as part of their curriculum. From Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 it is a selective course. Our students attend the Mandarin class twice a week from Year 7 – 10. Year 11 & 12 has 4 language classes each week.


The curriculum is designed to provide students a thorough foundation for progression in the language with up-to-date content and activities to engage and motivate students. These activities teach the students the four core skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in Mandarin. Cultural aspects of Chinese people are delivered in an engaging and innovative manner such as an excursion to the Chung Wah Association, cooking Chinese cuisine, watching educational videos and making Chinese artefacts (e.g. lanterns) as some examples.

In 2013 Dalyellup College was the first high school in the South West region to offer the Certificate II in Applied Linguistics (Mandarin).  This course is designed to equip students with the skills to function within an increasingly globalised society and a culturally and linguistically diverse local community providing the foundation for life-long language learning. Graduates of the Certificate II in Applied Linguistics will be able to communicate in simple and basic tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar and basic matters. Additionally, students can use it towards the completion of their WACE. This VET Certificate maybe an end point for some students who do not wish to take ATAR Chinese in Year 11 and 12. Nevertheless, students would be leaving school with dual qualifications, that is, a secondary education certification and a vocational tertiary qualification.

Students who have completed the Certificate II in Applied Linguistic in Year 10 can enrol in Chinese: Second Language ATAR courses in Year 11 and 12. Upon completion students would receive an ATAR bonus from all Western Australian universities. 10% of a student’s final scaled score will be added to the student’s Tertiary Entrance Aggregate (TEA). The ATAR will be calculated on the improved TEA.


Year 7 & 8 Chinese Dragon Incursion

This incursion allowed students to experience and learn about the history and culture aspect of the most important festival in the Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year also known as Spring or Lunar Festival. It included the lantern festival as it marks the end of the Chinese New Year. Students had the opportunity participate in traditional Chinese dragon dance.

Year 9 Cultural Day

This is an annual event organised by the Chinese Language Teacher’s Association of Western Australia. The ‘Year 9 Day’ is organised for high school students who are studying Chinese. The Year 9 Day is an event which offers a day of language and cultural activities for Chinese language students in the Year 9 group to promote and celebrate the learning of Chinese.

Year 9 & 10 Confucius Institute Excursion

During the visit to the Confucius Institute at UWA there were activities such as Chinese lessons, paper cutting, calligraphy and Tai Chi show. These activities were delivered by the lecturers from the Confucius Institute for our students.  This was a great opportunity for our students to learn about the university and what they offer towards their future learning if they intend to continue their Chinese language studies in tertiary education. Additionally, this event provided an opportunity for students to practise the language and learn more about the Chinese culture through the artefacts and activities presented by the Confucius Institute.