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China: Journey to the East – The British Museum’s exhibition on tour

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China: Journey to the East spans 3,000 years of Chinese history and culture, exploring themes of play and performance, technology, belief and festivals, food and drink, and language and writing.

5th UK national Chinese essay/story writing competition - UKAPCE

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The UK Association for the Promotion of Chinese Education, in partnership with the Aylesbury Grammar School, Worthing College, Sussex University, Edinburgh Chinese School and London Mandarin Chinese School has just launched the 5th UK national Chinese essay/story writing competition. All schools are invited to take part in this competition. Please note that the deadline is on 20th  March 2010.  For more details and application form please email writing [at] ukapce [dot] org [dot] uk

Do you need a teacher of Mandarin Chinese /China? Apply for a British Council Language Assistant NOW

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The British Council Language Assistants department are now accepting requests for Chinese Language Assistants for the 2010-2011 academic year.   

CME Training - Professional Development Workshops for Mandarin teachers

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On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June 2010, Yamin Ma and Xinying Li will be coming to the UK to lead 2 x 1-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training courses for Chinese teachers. 

Student Conference on China at Chatham House - 12 March

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The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, in partnership with Cambridge International Examinations, is organising a student conference on 12 March 2010 at the influential Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, offering students a great opportunity to gain access to one of the world's renowned international institutions and learn more about China.

Three China experts will present papers on Chinese history, China and the city and the Chinese economy written especially for secondary school students. These papers will correspond to topics on the Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese syllabus and provide an ideal starting point for students of Pre-U. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to a panel of experts. These experts will include:

Kerry Brown - Senior Fellow on the Asia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House

Rana Mitter ­- Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and author of Modern China: A Very Short Introduction

FREE Chinese New Year Events: National Portrait Gallery, London

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The London Confucius Institute for TCM at London South Bank University is hosting a series of FREE events for the Chinese New Year.   This is an excellent childrens event so please let children and parents in your classes know about it.

Details are as follows:

Dates: Sat 13th - Tues 16th February 2010. (On Sunday 14th there will be no crafts or games in St. Martin-in-the-Fields)

Times: 11:30 – 5:00, shows start at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Cost: Free

Locations: Near Trafalgar Square – 1. National Portrait Gallery, Ondaatje Theatre (Shows and storytelling) 2. St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Martin’s Hall (Crafts and games)

For more information please contact LCI TCM  on: 020 7815 7076 / 7075 or send an email to wangy20 [at] lsbu [dot] ac [dot] uk / hallthos [at] lsbu [dot] ac [dot] uk

What is a Confucius Institute?

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The Confucius Institute is a not-for-profit organization which promotes Chinese Language and culture internationally through the support of localised Chinese teaching through affiliated Confucius Institutes. The Confucius Institutes Headquarters is in Beijing. Confucius Institutes are controlled, administered and financed by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).   As of April 2009, there were 328 Confucius Institutes in 82 countries and regions.  The central Confucius Institute can be found here.

China Activity Grants – apply for up to £750 per school!

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The new grants are supported by the HSBC Global Education Programme and managed by the British Council. This opportunity is designed to help schools (primary, secondary and SEN), sixth form colleges and FE colleges across the UK to arrange events or activities that will help their students learn more about China or the Mandarin Chinese language. As part of the grant application, they must show how the students will pass on what they have learnt to other members of the community, supporting community cohesion. Schools and colleges can apply for grants of up to £750. 

China Competition for Primary and SEN children!

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The HSBC Global Education Programme and the British Council has launched a new competition open to UK primary schools and SEN schools with an existing partnership with a school in China. The theme of  the competition is “Comparing Traditional Stories, Myths and Legends”. The competition provides an opportunity for participating linked schools to further develop their work together by collaborating on the research and production of a performance in English by the UK school of a traditional Chinese story, myth or legend. The winning school in each of the three categories will receive £3,000 to support their school partnership with China.

The Pre-U in Mandarin Chinese: The facts

The Cambridge Pre-U is a new qualification for 16-19 year olds who want to go to university.“It equips students with the skills they need to make a success of their undergraduate studies:

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