How can you use news about China in your school with your children learning Mandarin Chinese?

Keeping children learning Chinese motivated with current news about the growing importance of China in the global economy can be key to maintaining good learning progress.

There can also be policy changes regarding learning Chinese in schools in various countries (USA, Singapore, UK, Australia and in China itself. Stay in contact with this part of the site.

Los Angeles, National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC 2014)

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The National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) is dedicated to enhancing the nation’s capacity for the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture by sharing cutting-edge practices and examples with educators and policymakers. Join us for the 7th annual NCLC, May 8–10, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Program Strands

Each of 70+ breakout sessions will focus on at least one of the following conference strands:
•New! Contemporary China
•New! Higher Education
•Curriculum and Instruction
•Partnerships and Community Engagement
•Program Models and K–16 Articulation
•Teacher Development and Sustainability

2-hour sessions on Saturday:
•Teacher Swap Shop: A hands-on opportunity to exchange practical classroom activities and materials.
•Technology Forum: Experience innovative technology tools and approaches to successfully support language instruction with technology.
•Research Colloquium: Engage with the latest research on Chinese language learning and current advances in the teaching of grammar, pronunciation, literacy, and reading.

Sessions will:
•Offer practical, hands-on information and resources that participants can apply in their work.

Keep up to date with news in the UK about Chinese teaching including summer camps, conferences and CPD for Chinese teachers

The IOE Confucius Institute based in London has a blog allowing you to keep up to date with news about summer camps, IOE conferences, partnerships and resources.

Updated every month or so it is worth looking at if you are a Chinese teacher based in the UK.

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.

Highlights from the US 2012 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC 2012)

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Unable to attend the biggest Chinese conference in the US?   Have a look at the many presentations that were given earlier this month.  Whether you are from the US, or not, here you can catch up on the best from the plenary speakers.