Bicultural Studies Programme
The Chinese Department is committed to delivering top-quality Chinese programmes that intrinsically motivate and inspire Dunmanians to use and enjoy the Chinese language. Our experienced team of teachers has designed a variety of programmes for the students to choose from according to their interests.
- GCE ‘O’ Level Higher Chinese/ Chinese (Compulsory for Year 1 to Year 4)
- Literature in Chinese (Humanities Elective for Year 3 and 4 students)
- Bicultural Studies Programme （Chinese） (For Year 3 and Year 4 BSP students)
- Bilingual Programme (Compulsory for Year 4 DHP students)
- Appreciation of Chinese Culture (Compulsory for Year 1 and 2 students)
- H1/H2 China Studies in Chinese H1/H2
- H2/H3 Chinese Language & Literature H2/H3
- H1 Chinese Language
- H1 General Studies in Chinese
- H2 Translation (Chinese) H2
MOE Special Programmes in DHS-BSP
1. Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) (BSP)
The Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) is a 4-year programme offered by MOE that spans from Year 3 (Sec 3) to Year 6 (JC 2). It is aimed to develop bicultural talents that can effectively interact with China as well as relate to the West.
Students who showed strong academic performance can be offered the MOE SAP scholarship at the end of Year 2 to do the Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese). From 2012, MOE has extended the scholarship opportunities to the Year 5 (JC 1) students.
Students who show strong academic performance can further enhance their bicultural learning experiences by applying for the MOE Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese) when they are in Year 2 or Year 5(JC 1). By participating in the MOE BSP (Chinese), students will be able to take part in extended overseas learning journeys, travelling to countries like China and the United States of America.
SAP scholars will get to enjoy allowance, a waiver of the school fees, as well as funding for immersion programmes to China and western countries. During these trips, students will have the opportunities to attend lectures at the top-ranking universities, and interact with the students at the schools. The overseas immersion trips also include sightseeing to government agencies and commercial enterprises. For the GCE ‘A’ level Examninations, SAP scholars will be required to offer H1/H2 China Studies in Chinese as one of their subjects.
In order to provide an authentic learning environment for our students, immersion programmes to tertiary institutions in China and the United States are organized annually. Senior High BSP students may participate in short-term study immersion programmes at top China universities.
To better understand the economic and political developments in modern day China, BSP students also visit the rural communities, government agencies and commercial enterprises as part of their immersion learning experiences in China.
2. Chinese Language Elective Programme (CLEP)
The Chinese Language Elective Programme-CLEP is a 2-year MOE programme aimed at encouraging students who are highly able and interested in Chinese to offer Chinese Language and Literature (H2CLL) at the GCE A-level. The DHS CLEP aims to nurture the language talent of students who have an aptitude for the Chinese Language so that they can attain a higher level of proficiency and a deeper understanding of Chinese Language and Chinese Literature.
The CLEP scholarship, with exemption from school fees, is tenable for 2 years.
- ‘O’ 水准高级华文/华文(中一到中四所有学生必修)
- 华文文学 (中三、中四学生的人文选修科)
- 双语课程 (中四直通车课程必修)
- H1/H2 中国通识
- H2/H3 华文与文学
- H2 翻译（华文）
教育部双文化课程 (Bicultural Studies Programme（Chinese）, 简称BSP (Chinese)旨在培育一批既了解中国、又能同西方沟通的双文化精英。该课程从中三到高二，为期四年。
德明学业成绩优秀的学生，则可以在中二年底或者高一年初申请加入教育部双文化课程（MOE Bicultural Studies Programme (Chinese)），修读“双文化课程”，并有机会参加量身定制的海外浸濡活动，前往中国、美国等地的高等学府进行短期学习。
该计划下的学生除奖学金以外，亦被豁免学费。除此之外，他们在四年间将有机会到中国以及西方国家浸濡，其费用将由教育部资助。浸濡学习期间，除在重点大学进行专题学习之外，也与当地学生进行交流，并参观当地企业及政府机构。 按照教育部要求，双文化课程的特别辅助计划奖学金得主(BSP/SAP Scholars) 在高中须修读H1/H2中国通识（H1/H2 China Studies in Chinese）。
华文语文特选课程的设立，旨在鼓励既具有语文天分、又对华文有兴趣的学生修读高中H2华文与文学(H2 Chinese Language & Literature)。华文语文特选课程为期两年。参加华文语文特选课程的学生将有机会参与多元化的活动，提升写作技能，以及对华文文学的鉴赏与分析能力。对于中学华文成绩优异并在高中修读华文语文特选课程的学生，教育部将颁发华文语文特选课程奖学金。奖学金为期2年，同时豁免学费。
Our Chinese teachers employ a plethora of pedagogies to improve students’ language abilities and cultural appreciation, nurturing them into passionate users of the language. Teachers differentiate their teaching methods based on students’ abilities and content.
Some of these methods include:
- Verbal methods, for example direct instruction by teachers, peer discussion, oral presentations, etc.
- Visual methods, for example demonstrations during lessons or fieldwork research, etc.
- Experiential methods to train skills and techniques, for example practice, experimenting, immersion, etc.
In terms of teaching methods, teachers often use Socratic Questioning and Socratic Seminars to cultivate students’ critical thinking, encouraging students to voice their own perspectives, views and suggestions.
Teachers use Richard Paul’s Wheel of Reasoning model to guide students in their logical thinking process. Through the eight elements of thoughts, students will be able to consider problems, issues and perspectives. Through classroom activities, students will practise making inferences, evaluating answers, recognising different perspectives and other logical deduction skills, all of which are essential to language learning.
Under the Chinese Department, students are assessed holistically through formative and summative assessments. The latter emphasizes knowledge acquisition and reproduction in a time-trial environment, and is more relevant to subjects like the literary component of H2 CLL or H2 CSC
Summative assessment is crucial in assessing students on their understanding and analysis of key concepts. Formative assessments, on the other hand, are more widely used in subjects like the Bilingual Programme, as well as the Appreciation of Chinese Culture. Through formative assessment, students are given customized guidance over a period of time to complete a task-based assignment, and are assessed for their performance during the process on top of the end product.
In addition, as part of their A level H2 CSC examination requirement, students are also required to submit a 4000-character Independent Research Essay that accounts for 30% of the results. This research essay covers contemporary aspects of China, namely politics, economy and societal issues. Students begin their preparation in the early stages of Year 5, and are closely monitored and guided by their CSC tutors until the submission of the essay in September the following year. This research essay reflects the combination of formative and summative assessment, and is an academic challenge to students offering the subject.