Take the ‘Moving up the Career Ladder’ test?

How do you score?

Step 1 - Grade yourself against these 7 trends. Are you a top Chinese teacher?

Step 2 - Add up your scores to see what type of teacher you are - see bottom of test.

Step 3 - Draw out an action plan to keep at the top or to reach the top soon.


1.  Integration of ICT

Can you demonstrate an ability to demonstrate integration of ICT into lesson plans and outcomes to help with:

- dealing with differentiation?

- supporting revision?

- motivation?

-  increasing uptake of Chinese?

Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5
Why? – ICT is seen as a vital way of motivating learners and personalising education


- Why not look at these links:  MYLOPodcastingGlogster, Word clouds  & word magnets

- If in the UK and attending the SSAT Chinese Conference attend the session on ‘top ten free ICT tools’  on Saturday 21 Mar, Session 3 (2.50-3.40pm).  Link to programme (https://www.ssatrust.org.uk/teachingandlearning/networks/chinese/Pages/ChineseConference2011.aspx) or look for similar talks at your local/national conference.


2. Chinese Cross-curricular

Can you show how you involve Chinese /learning about China in cross curricula learning / CLIL – especially maths, geography, history, music and sport?
Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Why?  Increases uptake in Chinese, decreases drop-outs and utilises all of your skills and knowledge.
Action: Why not look at these links:   Geography, History and Maths.  More articles coming soon.


3. Engaging with the wider MFL Community

Are you known as a Language teacher (or just a Chinese teacher) because you attend Language conferences or better still present at and are a member of Language Associations, showing how you are integrated into the broader Language community?
Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Why? This broader community counts and is generally unfamiliar with Chinese but is the way to becoming a Head of Languages / MFL (UK) and understanding and influencing national language policy.
Action – look at our events map , find an event/conference that is right for you and take part!


4.  Local Outreach

Have you demonstrated leadership in your local community through outreach to primary schools or Saturday clubs, local mini-conferences, use of grants (e.g. Hanban) to good effect locally, holding of adult classes and other activities?
Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Why?  You need to contribute to the general prominence of the school in a tangible way.
Action – Do an audit what you have you done what more could you do when? Which stake holders do you involve?


5.    Learn another language

Can you teach another language; e.g. could you do more to improve another language you speak or to learn a new language?   Completion of a PGCE with a dual language focus is now something more and more speakers of Chinese are undertaking.

Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Why?  Additional languages are important when aiming for Head of Department roles and it gives your school flexibility in time-tabling.
Action – start now!


6.  Become an author or reviewer of resources

Are you either an author of or a reviewer of resources?

Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Why?  This shows you are a valued member of the Chinese community, can you evaluate resources for Western children and are aware of best practice / and develop next practice by understanding Chinese as a second language pedagogy
Action – how do you contribute and what more could you do? 


7. Are you socially networked?

Are you socially networked globally?

Rate yourself:  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5

Why?  Language teachers are becoming well networked on Twitter, Facebook etc. by sharing practice, learning new ideas – are you?   Get established now before it becomes too difficult to stand out from the crowd.   Do you know Chinese teachers in the North America, Australia, Singapore, China and India?

Action – get signed up to Twitter now and follow The Chinese Staffroom  as a start (@chinesestaffrm)


What did you score?

35-30 – You are on track to become a leading Chinese teacher in the broader MFL community within a high status school whose continuing excellence you will contribute to if you do not lose energy and pace

Take action not to become complacent.

30-22 – You are nearly at the top but need to increase the amount of initiative you show to excel in all areas – which area(s) are you weak in? What action will you take when?

Take targeted action.


22-18 – You need to improve your performance.  Take it in steps; what will you work on first? Cross-curricula techniques, introducing ICT or attending MFL conferences etc? How will you show leadership?

List your weaknesses and target which one first?


0- 18 – Watch out:  you might be concentrating on the basics of getting your children through exams but are you doing enough to cement your position and to motivate the children and school to take Chinese seriously by making it sustainable

Work out how you can make room for self-improvement to secure your future.