Annual Chinese Teaching Conference


In the situation we find ourselves in this year, we are thrilled to offer an online series of workshops led by experienced practitioners from our Mandarin teaching network, opening with a keynote speaker, Professor Zhao Xia, an expert in Contemporary Chinese Children’s Literature from Zhejiang Normal University.

Even better, we are offering these workshops completely for free, as a thank you to our community for all your hard work through this difficult time.

These will take place throughout June 2020 – please find the schedule below.


Contemporary Chinese Children’s Literature

Tuesday 9th June at 16:00-17:00

Presenter: Professor Zhao Xia, Zhejiang Normal University



1. Project-Based Learning – Culture and Interest Included!

Thursday 11th June at 17:00-18:00

Presenter: Elliot Hsiao-Williams, Teacher of Chinese at Escola Internacional del Camp, Tarragona


2. The Mandarin Classroom: Combining student engagement and parent power.

Tuesday 16th June at 13:00-14:00

Presenter: Paul Edwards Head of Mandarin at Cowley International College


3. Let’s do something different in Year 7!

Thursday 18th June at 16:00-17:00

Presenter: Finlay Davidson, Leader of Teaching and Learning for Mandarin at North Gosforth Academy


4. How to prepare students to stand out from the crowd and score highly in the GCSE writing paper.

Tuesday 23rd June at 11:30-12:30

Presenter: Yadi Luo, Head of Mandarin at St Mary Magdalene Academy


5. The Creative Classroom: Sharing the curricular lessons and activities (primary focus)

Thursday 25th June at 13:00-14:00

Presenter: Simone Haughey, Confucius Classroom Manager at Robin Hood Primary School


Whilst it is a shame that we cannot get together in person as we usually do at our Annual Conference, we hope that you will still enjoy the opportunity to join as many workshops as possible online. On a positive note, you could in theory join all of the workshops, and not have to make that difficult decision about which to miss out on as is normally the case with schedule clashes!

More information can be found on our blog: 


The IOE Confucius Institute Annual Chinese Conference is the largest CPD opportunity of its kind in the UK for teaching professionals in the subject area of Mandarin Chinese and about China.

In 2019 we hosted our sixteenth Annual Conference, an event that has become a key professional development and networking opportunity specifically for teachers of Chinese in the English education system and all other staff involved in learning about China.

The conference always spans two days (a Friday and Saturday over the same weekend in June) and although the content varies depending on the theme that year, the structure is similar each time:

  • Keynote speeches from national experts
  • CPD workshops
  • Exhibition of current teaching materials and resources (click here for more information)
  • Lively student performances
  • Networking opportunities
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Excellence Awards

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