UK, Chinese teacher training course for new teachers in schools

Who should read this?

- Do you speak Chinese but have no formal or little formal training in teaching children?

- Do you want to start improving your skills?

- Could you attend training in London?

- Cost of course is £750 of which £350 or £450 may be claimed through a bursary

Key Dates:

29 July 2011 – Application closing date

8 August 2011 – Online learning (30 hours) commences

30 August - 3 September 2011 – face-to-face teaching (30 hours) commences

Course assessment: The assessment of the language awareness component consists of one 90 minute written test and two assignments:

·         Online learning module: assessed in one 90 minute written test conducted during face-to-face teaching course in London.

·         SOAS module: assignment in Chinese (20%), 1000 words (2 pages) minimum

·         SSAT module: assignment in English (30%), 1500 words (3 pages) minimum

Those who complete the programme successfully will be awarded an SSAT/London Confucius Institute Certificate, which will also be certified by SSAT and SOAS Language Centre.

Entry requirements:  All applicants should meet the following criteria:

·         be a fluent/near-fluent speaker of Chinese and/or have a Chinese language degree

·         have a good command of the English language

·         have some formal or informal teaching experience

·         be able to attend a minimum of 80% of the classes

·         have the right to remain permanently in the UK

·         demonstrate a commitment to teaching Chinese as a foreign language following the course.

If you do not meet one of the above criteria but would still like to be considered for a place on the course, please contact Derry Tomlinson at the SSAT Confucius Institute at derry [dot] tomlinson [at] ssatrust [dot] org [dot] uk to discuss your circumstances.

What is the course?   An yearly intensive Chinese teacher training course delivered in partnership by the London Confucius Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Confucius Institute at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT).

The training course is for speakers of Chinese interested in learning how to teach Chinese to school-age students or improve their existing teaching skills. Combining the academic input of the Teaching Chinese as a Foreign language course, which already runs at the SOAS Language Centre, with the practical classroom experience of the SSAT Confucius Institute and Confucius Classrooms, the course provides participants with guidance on all aspects of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in schools in England.

Why is the course needed?  The course places great emphasis on the practical skills required to teach Chinese while also covering the more generic skills necessary for teaching in mainstream schools in England (e.g. lesson planning, National Curriculum levels, differentiation etc). The course is suitable both as an initial introduction to the teaching of Chinese, as well as an in-service training programme. Since the course covers an introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese language necessary for effective learning and teaching of Chinese, combined with its practical application in schools, it not only caters for those who wish to become teachers of Chinese and have no teaching experience to date, but also serves to refresh and sharpen the teaching techniques of those who are already teaching. By the end of the course, candidates should be able to demonstrate:

a good understanding of the main issues in language learning and language teaching in general and in the field of Chinese language learning and teaching in particular a good insight into the Chinese language in terms of how to facilitate the learning of Chinese by English speakers  the practical skills required for teaching Chinese in schools an understanding of how modern foreign languages are taught in English schools and an ability to follow this approach.

Structure:  The course covers a total of 60 hours of tuition: An online learning module comprising 30 hours of learning to be completed at your own pace, commencing on Monday 8 August. Some ‘live’ evening sessions may be scheduled during this time to allow for online discussion and tutorials. A face-to-face teaching course in London comprising 30 hours of classroom learning, running from Tuesday 30 August - Saturday 3 September).

Participants should clearly state their preferred location for the face-to-face course on the application form.

Course delivery and content:  Tutors Course tutors will be experienced teachers from the teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language course and experienced modern foreign language teachers from schools in England.  Online learning module Participants will be given login details for ‘Blackboard’, SOAS’ unique virtual learning environment, containing a series of articles, exercises and discussion opportunities.


·         The Chinese phonetic system. Pinyin and how to teach Pinyin

·         Chinese characters and how to teach characters

·         Chinese words, word formation, and how to teach words

·         Overview of theoretical grammar and how to teach grammar

·         Grammar I (nouns, pronouns, number words and measure words)

·         Grammar II (verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions)

·         Grammar III (elements of a sentence, complements, particles and special sentences)

·         Key skills and their integration in the teaching of Chinese

·         Developing teaching and learning material

·         Comparisons between Chinese and English Face-to-face teaching

The course will be delivered through a series of interactive seminars. Participants will be expected to actively engage with the teachers during the seminars and complete and submit assignments as required by the programme.

Workshop days will be used to reinforce knowledge learnt during the online course and how to apply it to classroom teaching. The remainder of the course will cover the following subject areas:

·         Differentiation and personalising learning

·         Classroom management

·         Lesson planning, schemes of work and National Curriculum levels

·         Resource evaluation matched against pedagogical discourse, and assessment

·         Script recognition, writing strategies and the role of ICT

·         Chinese culture in the language classroom and embedding Chinese and China across the curriculum in school

Venue:  Teaching will take place at SOAS Language Centre in central London, which is easily accessible by public transport.

Course fees and payment:  The course costs £750 per participant. This course fee covers all tuition fees and materials. The following bursaries are available to support you in funding your place:


Hanban bursary – £400:  It is anticipated that The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) will fund a number of bursaries for this course. Applicants who currently teach, have some teaching experience or intend to pursue the teaching of Chinese as a career may be eligible for a bursary of £400 towards to cost of their fees. Please indicate on your application form if you wish to be considered for a Hanban bursary.

Training bursary – £350:  The SOAS/SSAT Chinese teacher training course is a recognised Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SEK) course. PGCE students who are advised to undertake this course by their ITT providers may also be eligible for a further bursary of £350 from the Training and Development Agency (TDA). For more information about obtaining this bursary, please contact your ITT provider or the Teaching Information Line on 0800 389 2500. Participants will be expected to pay all course fees before the start of the course. For further details, please refer to the application form.

How to apply:   Applicants should download the application form from the SSAT Chinese Networks website and email their completed application to chinesenetworks [at] ssatrust [dot] org [dot] uk by Friday 29 July

Further information:   Please contact Derry Tomlinson at the SSAT Confucius Institute at derry [dot] tomlinson [at] ssatrust [dot] org [dot] uk for more information about the course.



Who should read this?   

-Do you speak Chinese but have no formal or little formal training in teaching children?  

-Do you want to start improving your skills?

-Could you attend training in London?

-Cost of course is £750 of which £350 or £450 may be claimed through a bursary

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