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.

Association of Language Learners (ALL) - Free associate membership to Language teachers in training!

Tags: UK

The Association of Language Learners (ALL) have just announced a special offer of one year free associate membership of ALL to all Language teachers in training in 2009-2010 (PGCE, GTP,etc.).

For 2009-2010 only NQTs will also continue to benefit from this free offer. As an Associate you will be entitled to discounts on ALL regional and national events, including this year’s Language World conference; will receive the ALL weekly email bulletin ALLnet and will be added to their mailing lists.

To become an Associate Member simply fill in the online form. Alternatively you can join as an individual member straight away! And receive all of the other membership benefits, including ALL journals and the new termly ALL magazine ‘Languages Today’. Please visit the membership page for the relevant subscription details. Visit: http://www.all-languages.org.uk/membership.asp

Look East: Why Chinese lessons are booming

Tags: UK

Article by Hilary Wilce from the Independent newspaper (8 October 2009), highlighting how Mandarin is becoming a mainstream subject in many schools in the UK.

To read the article visit The Independent.  Photo Credit: Will Wintercross

UK National Qilu Cultural Event

The Qilu Culture is a mainstream of China's outstanding traditional culture.

Based on "people", Qilu Culture regards "benevolence" as a core, "gentility" as the form and "harmony between man and nature" as the goal. These thoughts have influenced China more than 2000 years.

The first UK national Qilu cultural event organized by the UKAPCE in association with the Overseas Chinese Association School in Birmingham. The event will take place during the period Mid-October to 20th December 2009
Event rules:
• Each student recites or dictates 3 or the 4 proverbs provided by UKAPCE.
• Students record their actual practical action(s) according to the proverbs in writing. The essay should be over 100 characters. Please retain students’ work for reference.

Entry method: Schools should send their entry form before mid of October 09. Prizes are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

Before 20th December, student who passes successful will receive a fountain brush pen.

For further information please visit www.ukapce.org.uk or email qilu [dot] ukapce [at] gmail [dot] com
or contact: Betty Wu 07809670858/Shang Ying Hong 07737191663/Leung Yuen-wah 01296422229/ 07506682341

Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition 2009 - British Council/HSBC Educational Trust

Registration is now open for the annual Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition for UK secondary schools.

Open to State AND Independent schools The competition, now in its 7th year, aims to stimulate interest in learning Chinese among UK students and reinforce cultural exchange between China and the UK.

Last year over 200 students from schools across the UK took part in the competition and we are hoping to have even more take part this year! Regional heats will be held in London and Newcastle in mid December 2009 and successful competitors will be invited to the competition final at the British Museum in March 2010.

The winning prize is a trip to Beijing in April 2010. Please note that there is a beginners’ section in the competition so schools that have been teaching Mandarin for a short time are very welcome to enter students.