Hi tortuman, I teach French, German and Chinese (well, no Chinese at the moment unfortunately, but I did on PGCE last year). I'd agree that the Chinese writing system is undeniably much more difficult for pupils to learn than a European one, as I discovered when I began learning it at university (I am British). On my PGCE placements I taught beginners' Chinese, to non-native pupils. They found it hard, as you would expect, but as far as I know they all managed to pass the Asset languages level 5/6 papers after my placement finished. There was 1 native Chinese pupil taking the GCSE paper, who achieved an A* no problem - he too only had tutoring for the speaking test. Having not taught A Level Chinese I can't really comment on that, but hope my experiences have shed a bit of light on the issue for you! ?????????????????