Introducing Mandarin at your school

Highlights from the US 2011 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC 2011) in San Francisco

Unable to attend the biggest Chinese conference? Do not lose out.... 

Have a look at our highlights and plan to go next year to hear everything first hand and to network with other professional Chinese teachers. Whether you are from the US, or not, here you can catch up on the best from the plenary speakers and the workshops as The Chinese Staffroom has done the hard work of selecting some highlights and linking to much more.

Which conference are we talking about? ......  The 2011 US National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) organized by the Asia Society, College Board and Mandarin Institute encourages dialogue in the field of Chinese language education to ensure its wide-scale success.

Some statistics........over 1000 attendees, of which1/4 do not have a Chinese programme but wanted to learn how to establish best practice in their school, many others wanting to learn about about ‘ next practice’ including new developments such as the use of technology in the classroom.......

STARTALK - US Summer Camp Initiative for Chinese language education and teacher development

Why read this?  Are you a US Chinese teacher wanting to learn more about the STARTALK programme including details of the 2011 summer camps in which States and sample teaching resources from 2010?  We have all the links in this one location. Are you a non-US Chinese teacher who is  interested in how to make Chinese in your country mainstream by learning from the USA?


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:

Finding, Developing & Keeping a Mandarin Chinese Teacher in your School

For a downloadable/printable PDF of this article, please scroll to the bottom and click on the link

Language Assistants for Chinese (School Placements): British Council/HSBC Global Education Programme: 2012

The British Council are delighted to offer the unique opportunity for three clusters of two or three

schools to have a Chinese Language Assistant (CLA) for the 2012-13 academic year. These CLAs will

be fully funded by our partner HSBC Global Education Programme and are available only to schools and academies who are new to teaching Mandarin and have not previously hosted a CLA.

Introducing Mandarin in your school: CILT Case Studies

·         Are you thinking of introducing Mandarin in your school?

·         Want to broaden the international dimension?

Accreditations for Mandarin Chinese – What qualifications are available? (an update)

Confused? Wanting a quick to reference document on a page? Wanting links through to the key qualification websites? Read below and download the amazing single page below with everything you need on it.

How best to introduce / develop Mandarin Chinese and learning about China at your school?

- Thinking of Mandarin in your school in the future?

- Have you already introduced Mandarin to your school but want to take the subject further?

Click on the title to download 2 useful tables:

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