Mandarin incorporates the strands of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The Mandarin program is linked where possible, with classroom inquiry units, through whole class and small group activities. Aural tasks involve students listening to short dialogues or descriptions, selecting information and demonstrating comprehension by performing various activities, for example, by completing charts, surveys, locating information, matching phrases/pictures/sentences.

Students are encouraged to speak Mandarin by answering questions or seeking information. They read illustrated texts, identifying specific information to complete an assigned task. Students write short descriptive sentences using appropriate word order and adjectives.

Spoken and written texts include information with high frequency and familiar vocabulary. Students decode new words by making predictions (based on context) using bilingual dictionaries and online electronic word banks.

Whole school celebrations of Chinese traditional Festivals, such as Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and the Autumn Moon Festival enhance their cultural understanding.