New Primary Chinese Initiative Launched in the UK

About Mandarin Chinese for Primary Schools

Thousands of primary school children in England will benefit from the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese and study Chinese culture as part of the new five-year initiative, Mandarin Chinese for Primary Schools, from the Institute of Education (IOE) funded by HSBC Global Education Programme.
The work of the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools (IOE CI) has focussed predominantly on the development of Mandarin Chinese in secondary schools. Mandarin Chinese for Primary Schools will extend this work to more primary schools in England and develop the most effective ways to teach Chinese language and culture at the primary level.

Maternity cover - Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School Coventry, UK

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Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Language College in Coventry has a job vacancy (maternity cover) for a full-time Mandarin teacher from 30th September 2013 to 24th November 2013. There are three Year 7 classes, two Year 8 classes, one Year 9 class and one Year 10 class. The Y9s and Y10s are learning Mandarin for GCSE (Examination board: AQA).The teaching hours would be 23 lessons per fornight.

The school is looking for an enthusiastic, patient, confident and creative experienced teacher to take over the classes for eight weeks.

Essential requirements:
• Mandarin teaching experience in UK schools
• Know simplified Chinese characters and Pinyin well
• Know how to explain Chinese grammar to non-Chinese native speakers in English
• Adapt textbooks and other on-line teaching materials to develop learner’s language skills
• Have good English proficiency

Desired abilities/requirements:
• Have good understanding of National Curriculum and GCSE Chinese
• Design your own teaching and learning resources to suit student’s needs
• Constantly check pupil’s progress using various assessments

Job Contact: 

Mrs Yen-Min Anderson

YAnderson [at] cardinalwiseman [dot] coventry [dot] sch [dot] uk

UK Brighton College Teacher of Mandarin starting September 2013 or January 2014

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We currently have a vacancy for a teacher of Mandarin at Brighton College, starting in either September 2013, or January 2014.

Further details about the post, including a full job description and an application form for the role can be found at

Alternatively, please feel free to email me at rforsyth [at] brightoncollege [dot] net with any queries you may have.

Best regards, Rachael Forsyth (HR Secretary, Brighton College)

UK After School Club - Chelmsford Essex 2 classes back to back deadline 28th June 2013

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 St Cedd’s School in Chelmsford, Essex, is looking for an experienced Mandarin teacher to teach two classes as an after-school club from September 2013. The pre-prep lesson (5-7 year olds) runs from 15:15 to 16:00 and the lesson for 7-11 year olds runs from 16:00 to 16:45. The club currently operates on Thursdays, but an alternative day of the week may be negotiated. The successful candidate must hold a relevant teaching qualification. The appointment is subject to two satisfactory references being received, together with a DBS check processed by the school.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to Mrs D O’Reilly, Head’s PA, St Cedd’s School, 178a New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0AR (doreilly [at] stcedds [dot] org [dot] uk). Closing date: Friday, 28 June 2013.

Chair of Examiners: Edexcel International GCSE Chinese

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How to apply:  The deadline for applications is at midnight on 31st October. If your application is successful you will be asked to attend an interview.

OU Beginners Chinese and other courses for teachers wishing to learn Mandarin Chinese

- Are you a KS2 primary/elementary teacher wanting to learn enough Mandarin Chinese to teach it to your children?

- Are you a Head of Languages, with Mandarin Chinese in your school, wishing to learn sufficient Chinese to review lessons and become more involved in child/ student progress?

- Perhaps you are a non-Chinese teacher, accompanying students from your school on a trip to China wishing to learn some basic Mandarin?

England: Language Learning to become compulsory in Primary Schools from 2014

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The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that language learning will become a compulsory subject in primary education. This change, due to be implemented in 2014, will provide pupils with the opportunity to better understand the world from an earlier age. It also provides our primary pupils with the necessary tools to ensure that a strong base in languages is developed to support language learning in Key Stage 3.   

The DfE will be will start a consultation process later this summer ahead of the planned implementation. For more information visit the DfE’s website here.

Language Assistants for Chinese (School Placements): British Council/HSBC Global Education Programme: 2012

The British Council are delighted to offer the unique opportunity for three clusters of two or three schools to have a Chinese Language Assistant (CLA) for the 2012-13 academic year. These CLAs will be fully funded by our partner HSBC Global Education Programme and are available only to schools and academies who are new to teaching Mandarin and have not previously hosted a CLA.

UK: Teacher Training bursaries for Mandarin Chinese Language Graduates

What are the bursaries? The Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA) want to train up 1,575 language teachers this year, in order to meet current demand for language teachers. To encourage language graduates to enter teacher training they will be offering bursaries of up to £20,000.

Why?  The number of pupils expected to sit language GCSEs next year has risen by 22% to 52%, thought to be due to the requirements of the new English Baccalaureate - but at the same time, the number of modern foreign language teachers has declined in recent years, due to the fall in the number of pupils studying language GCSEs and A-levels, leading to fewer students studying languages at university.

UK: SSAT Confucius Institute Excellence Awards 2012- Nominate a teacher

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What are the awards for?  This is your opportunity to celebrate all the hard work and effort that goes into really great Chinese teaching.   It is a chance to show your appreciation for a colleague and gain public recognition for their contributions.

Read about the Excellence Awards here:

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