Fee: $TBA, IB exam fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Students should have strong study skills and expect to commit an average of 30 minutes of homework per night. In addition, students must have a strong grasp of all simple and complex tense and strong grasp of Chinese characters. Grammatical analysis and higher-level thinking skills are required. Certificate or diploma candidates, who wish to sit for the HL exam, must have taken the IB Mandarin Chinese 1 course.

General Description: IB Mandarin Chinese 2 (HL) is a continuation of IB 1 in which students have the option of taking either the Standard Level exam or the High Level exam in May. The course places an emphasis on extended conversation, discussion, and literary texts. Students will gain fluency through researching, reading, writing essays, and discussing various themes and current topics. Within this thematic approach, critical thinking skills will be emphasized in a variety of written and oral assessments. It is expected that students will be able to utilize conversational Mandarin Chinese to function in the class without the use of English.


  • This course follows the guidelines of the IB curriculum for students who speak mandarin Chinese as a second language. See the themes from IB Mandarin Chinese 1 SL.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Thematic units covering culture, literature and current events
  • Essays
  • Live and taped oral presentations
  • Discussion and analysis of literature, media sources, art and film
  • Interviews
  • Debates

Equipment to be provided by student: Composition notebook and Chinese/English dictionary or electronic dictionary