Article from the Independent by Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor.
ORDERING by number in the local Chinese restaurant will be a thing of the past for students of the new Junior Cycle course in Mandarin. Learning how to read and understand menus in Chinese, order dishes and talk about likes or dislikes are among the skills students of the new subject will be taught.
They may even get to show off their command of the menu in an oral exam, just one of the ways it will be assessed.
New-found communication skills could also be put to the test in an oral exam shopping expedition role-play where they would be expected to display how to haggle in Chinese.
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