UK Based Short Course

From October 2011 to February 2012, the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools successfully ran three teacher training courses. Each course lasted one week consisting of 10 sessions focusing on different aspects of teaching Chinese as a second language.

More course dates will be confirmed in the near future.

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Format of the course

Each one-week course consisted of 10 x 3hr sessions covering various topics with a combination of academic input and practical ideas with respect to classroom teaching. At the end of the course, the participants were required to complete a 2,000 word essay reflecting on what they had learned and a  lesson plan for a class of 50 minutes. They were issued with an certificate if their work reached the standard.

The topics covered in the course

Impacts of linguistic and cultural differences in the learning and teaching of Chinese – an alternative perspective
Revisiting communicative language teaching
Differentiation and personalising learning
Chinese culture in a language classroom contextualising learning and embedding Chinese and China across the curriculum in a school
Classroom management
ICT and Chinese teaching
Lesson planning and schemes of work
Strategies for teaching Chinese characters
Resource evaluation matched against pedagogical discourse and assessment
Strategies for teaching listening and speaking in the Chinese classroom


The speakers were a combination of both academics from renowned universities and classroom teachers with great experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The school experts include both Chinese specialist and other Modern Foreign languages teachers with some of them as the authors of popular teaching resources and Advanced Skills teachers.

Click the link below to see the 2012 UK Short Course Guide

IOE CI Chinese teacher training course – 2012 course guide