In the Middle Years Programme, students are required to learn at least two languages. In RCHK, MYP students learn English and Chinese to fulfill the requirement. MYP language curriculum builds on experiences in language learning that students have gained during their time in the IB Primary Years Programme.

MYP students learn Chinese at two subject groups: Language and Literature, and Language Acquisition. For further information, please refer to Pathway Overview.

Chinese Language and Literature

Chinese Language and Literature course is designed for students with Chinese as their best language. At this level, students will be expected to develop an appreciation of the nature of language and literature and of their power and beauty. They will be encouraged to recognize that proficiency in language is a powerful tool for communication in all societies. Furthermore, language and literature incorporates creative processes and encourages the development of imagination and creativity through self-expression.

The Chinese Language and Literature course includes the study of functional language skills, such as listening, viewing, speaking, reading and writing. It also includes the study of both classic and modern Chinese literature and a variety of genres, such as poetry, prose and fiction. As well as being academically rigorous, the course equips students with linguistic, analytical and communicative skills that can also be used to develop interdisciplinary understanding across all other subject groups. Students’ interaction with chosen texts can generate insight into moral, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental factors and so contributes to the development of opinion-forming, decision-making and ethical-reasoning skills, and further develops the attributes of an IB learner.

Chinese Language Acquisition

In the MYP, Chinese Language Acquisition course provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realise that there are diverse ways of living, behaving and viewing the world. The course enables students from a range of language learning background to gain competence in the language. The long-term goal is to establish balanced bilingualism or multilingualism.

At this level, students are encouraged to understand and appreciate Chinese language and culture. It provides a skill base to facilitate further Chinese learning. The six skill areas in PYP language—listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting—are further developed through the MYP years.

Proficiency in Chinese through the study of Language Acquisition course gives students access to a broader range of input, experiences and perspectives on Chinese language and culture, and the enjoyment of being able to communicate in Chinese. Students will develop not only an inquiring and reflective approach to language learning but also multiliteracy skills that they will be able to apply and extend in their DP language courses. Please read the MYP language acquisition global proficiency table for more information.

Class Placement

In RCHK, students are placed in a Chinese class according to his/her learning history and academic performance. Please read RCHK MYP Chinese class placement for more information.

Simplified or Traditional Form of Chinese Characters, Putonghua or Cantonese

In RCHK, both traditional and simplified Chinese characters are taught in RCHK Chinese classrooms. Students are allowed to both forms in Chinese class. Teachers in RCHK teach Chinese in Putonghua. For more information, please read Simplified or traditional form of Chinese characters, Putonghua or Cantonese.

Beyond the Classroom

Language study is a cultural and social experience. At Renaissance College, students learn Chinese through a wide variety of activities, including student exchange with schools in mainland China, field trips, local community service and participation in Chinese speaking and reading competitions.



Danni Li
Head of Chinese