Ai Weiwei exhibition coming to the V & A : ‘Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BC – AD 2010)’

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Who is Ai Weiwei?  He is one of the most prominent artists working in China today. Through his work Ai addresses issues pertinent to contemporary China; notably the loss of historic material culture due to rapid modernization and the effects of the global economy on traditional modes of production. His work also engages with broader themes, including perceptions of value, mass production and globalization.

UK, Chinese A-Level numbers rise by 37%!

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(Source The Independent 19 Aug 11)

UK Language qualifications factsheet: Links into Languages

- Looking for a qualification/accreditation in Chinese?

- Looking for a qualification/accreditation in another foreign language?

- Want to know the assessment methods, skills areas and organizations in these qualifications/accreditations?

Links into Languages have created this handy fact sheet/guide:  Chinese is on page 5. 

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?

UK: A flexible Chinese accreditation- Our guide to Asset Languages Mandarin Chinese

What is Asset Languages?  The Asset Languages assessment scheme is for language learners of all ages and abilities that can be used with primary and secondary school children. 

UK: Chinese Studies at Durham University returns in October!

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Course overview:   This is a four-year multidisciplinary degree based in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures  (MLaC) with core Chinese language and culture modules taught. These modules consist of a double language module in each of the three years spent in Durham, plus a single culture module. The fourth module in each year is one of the following modules:

How to boost your school's Chinese profile in the community - UK Dartford Grammar School’s 2nd China Night

What was the event? Dartford Grammar School’s second annual China Night was a China themed evening in which students were given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning of Chinese language and culture to their parents, guardians and members of the local community. It was also a celebration of Dartford Grammar School’s new status as a Confucius classroom. All pupils of Mandarin at DGS were invited to attend and perform, culminating in over one hundred pupils (from years seven to thirteen) performing and over two hundred guests in attendance.

UK: The ISEB Certificate of Achievement in Mandarin Chinese (Foundation level)

Below is general information about the Certificate. What else might you like to know more about?

English Ofsted (Quality Inspection) Report on Language Teaching: Our view – what is yours?

Have you read, thought about and acted upon the latest Ofsted  (England's Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) report on language teaching published this year, to think through the implications for teaching Chinese in primary and secondary schools? Even if you do not teach in England it might be worth reading to prompt you to wonder about how to improve your own teaching

The Chinese Staffroom at the SSAT Chinese Conference

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The SSAT Chinese  Conference takes place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 May at the Royal Society and British Museum.

We are exhibiting!   Are you coming?   If so why not come and see us if:

-  Your school is starting teaching Chinese and looking for more information..

- You are new to Chinese and need some more advice

- You are an experience Chinese teacher and want to find out the latest best and next practice.

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