How to best teach Mandarin Chinese? Update yourself here

How can you become a better or outstanding teacher of Mandarin Chinese? What is best practice? What are the new ways of teaching? The new ways of using which resources? How about exams? New to Mandarin Chinese?  How about how Chinese teachers should use social networks such as twitter or language forums?

Search here for articles all of which are relevant to teachers learning Mandarin Chinese?  Something missing? Let us know usoing the contact tab.

The Chinese Staffroom Team

Writing a c.v. - How to stand out


 Who should read this article? Any Chinese teacher whether they looking for a job or are happy/comfortable in their current job should be looking at ways of keeping your c.v. updated and relevant for the future. Don’t stand still, but keep ahead of the crowd. Updating and reflecting on your own c.v. regularly will help you to assess yourself critically and highlight potential areas for CPD. 

 Does my c.v. stand out?   In general terms c.v.s that stand out from the crowd get noticed. If there are many applicants for the job, however good you may be in the classroom, if your c.v. is not appropriate or easy to read then you will not get an interview.

China Across the Whole School: Geography


Are you a teacher of Chinese or Geography?

Chinese Teachers: Broadening your teaching to include subject areas other than Chinese language adds an area of expertise to your c.v. and gives you examples to include as ‘significant achievements’. It might allow you to:

Podcasting in the Chinese Classroom


Who should read this article?  The use of ICT in language teaching is now a standard part of being a good MFL (Modern Foreign Language) Teacher. Chinese is lagging behind best and next practice in this area. Learn to be at the top of ‘ICT and Chinese’ and your c.v. will stand out from the crowd.

Look at the last section of the attached article for how you can update your c.v. if you gain experience with podcasting.

PGCE Primary MFL (Mandarin) course: University of Warwick

  About the PGCE Primary MFL (Mandarin) Course:

-          Placements cover the full primary age range using a wide range of settings

-          Training includes all the foundation subjects.

-          Days in school focusing on inclusion including teaching pupils with English as an Additional Language.

-          All Warwick Primary PGCE students study a foreign language and receive primary foreign language training (French, Spanish or Chinese)

IB Mandarin Chinese: An independent teacher's viewpoint

Want an insider's experienced perspective? 

In this article (download below) by Chen Draper , teacher of Mandarin at Sevenoaks School,  IB Mandarin (中文大学预科国际文凭) is discussed in terms of how IB Mandarin fits into the general and quiet different ethos of the IB, which course within the IB works for which student, the experience of teaching IB Mandarin and some practical tips including recommended resources.

Please comment on this article by logging-on to The Chinese Staffroom. If you would like to write a similar article, for example about other accreditations (GCSE, AS etc) please email Pete at info [at] thechinesestaffroom [dot] com

Wanting more information on the IB Mandarin Chinese look here for links and facts

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