The Chinese team at Abbotsford Primary School has developed a unique Chinese curriculum for the bilingual program, as inspired by the English as Additional Language (EAL) model.
Over the 7 years of primary schooling, students are expected to make a conceptually equivalent progress from Level A1 to B2, as per the Victorian Curriculum for EAL.
Similarly, benchmarks have also been established for character recognition, character production and vocabulary/grammar development (as measured by the requirements for Young Learners Chinese Test (YCT), the official Chinese government-run proficiency test requirements for school-aged students):
|Years||Equivalent EAL Level||Character Recognition||Character Production||YCT Level|
F - 2
100 (+ pinyin)
|3 - 4||B1||240||160||2|
|5 - 6||B2||600||300||3|
For reference: VCE Chinese (Second Language) in Year 12 requires students to be able to recognise and produce 500 characters.