Courses for those who are Mandarin beginners

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These courses are suitable for:
☑ qualified/experienced teachers
teacher trainees
Mandarin beginners

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Courses for those who are Mandarin beginners:

All courses are subject to demand. Register your interest today! (form below)

Skills Short Course for PGCE students (non-Mandarin specialists)
Two one-day F2F training events in Mandarin-specific language and pedagogy for MFL PGCE students (non-Mandarin Speakers). This completments the online course, providing student teachers with practical ideas and activities to begin teaching Mandarin in their schools. Please join the E forum to be informed of workshop dates..

Online course in beginners’ Mandarin (PGCE and Experience China)
— An online self-study course in basic Mandarin, with the support of the UCL Institute of Education Confucius Institute… Please email us for more information.

Primary Mandarin
— Join us for our popular short course and introduce Chinese language and culture in your primary school… Please join the E forum to be informed of workshop dates..

15th Annual Chinese teaching conference
— The UK’s largest gathering of Mandarin school teaching professionals: Keynotes, professional development workshops, student performances, an exhibition of teaching materials, networking, and more… Read more.

Experience China
— An immersive course in Shanghai for UK primary and secondary school teachers with little prior Mandarin Chinese. It will enable colleagues to learn some basic Chinese, and gain first-hand experience to take back to the classroom. Study of the language is supported by visits in the local area and cultural experiences in cuisine and folk art. Please join the E forum to be informed of workshop dates.

Annual overview of teacher-training in 2017/18


All courses are heavily subsidised; the majority will be free (Annual Conference not included). A refundable deposit may apply (approx. £40). Bursaries are available.

N.B. In the event of courses becoming overbooked, priority for places will be given to teachers in mainstream schools. 

Register your interest today!

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