London: Cypress Books, Sinolingua & Xihaha to host Chinese Language Conference – 25 June 2011

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What is the event?   The theme of this event is Sharing Teaching Experience and Resources. It will be a great opportunity to :  

- Attend workshops led by experienced teachers and authors on the following subjects:

      - Primary school Chinese teaching and resources

What's the point of learning another language? BBC Radio 5 Live Focus on Languages

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The Tiger Primary Chinese integrated Free School: Is this Confucius Classroom Next Practice in the UK?

New Line Learning Academy  are developing the next generation of school teaching Chinese in the UK- The Tiger Primary School.

- It co-teaches Mandarin and English from young?

- Integrates elements of Chinese approach to numeracy and music

- Allows for good transition into KS3 and KS4 Chinese at the academies New Line Learning and Cornwalls

- Makes the most of the schools Chinese teaching faculty available in the other academies and through HanBan funding?


British Museum: Free Chinese Art Exhibition by Xu Bing: Background Story 7 (from 12 May 11)

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Who is Xu Bing?  Xu Bing is a Chinese-born artist, a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and moved to the United States in 1990.  Xu Bing’s artistic practice has been described as ‘an exploration of language’.   In works ranging from monumental installations to handcrafted books, he plays with the written word, usually in the form of the Chinese character.His work has been and is exhibited all over the world including The National Art Museum of China, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art New York and Museum Ludwig (Köln, Germany).

A level Chinese (GCE Chinese, AS Chinese, A2 Chinese): Examination guide (updated 17 Apr 11)

Looking for GCSE Chinese and have come here by accident?  If so go to:  Edexcel GCSE or AQA GCSE instead. 

Get up to date links and views and resources here for A-Level incorporating AS and A2 Chinese...

UK Department for Education (DfE): New powers for teachers to improve discipline in schools (4 April 2011)

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The UK Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced new and clearer guidance for teachers on how they should deal with bad behaviour. These include:

- New guidance clarifies powers of teachers to search students and use force

- More than 600 pages of guidance cut down to 50

Calling all UK Language and Primary Teachers wanting to introduce Chinese to their School

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Immersive language course for secondary MFL and primary teachers in China:

SSAT (UK) Confucius Institute Excellence Awards 2011

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Nominations are now open for the SSAT Confucius Institute excellence awards 2011.  The SSAT Confucius Institute excellence awards scheme aims to give professional recognition for contributions to Chinese language teaching and enabling the study of China across the curriculum in schools. The awards acknowledge and celebrate the work of those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the subject and supported learning.

The excellence award categories are:

What did Michael Gove say about Chinese in the UK?

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Here is a link to the video to hear what Michael Gove had to say about learning of Chinese in the UK.  See it HERE.

SSAT’s 2nd Annual Chinese Lecture (UK) – 1st March 2011 – The reaction of The Chinese Staffroom

The SSAT held a prestigious 2nd Annual Chinese lecture on the 1st March at the Barbican. The speaker was the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. The Chinese Staffroom identified 3 key themes, each of which are reported below along with informative relevant links:

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