Pedagogy & Teaching Practice

Articles relating to pedagogy, Instructional and teaching practice for Mandarin Chinese teachers. Improving best practise in schools

Teaching Chinese Online: a good cost-effective solution?

Read on to see if this works for you /your schools  and/or to make sure you are up to date with the latest pedagogy changes.

Why online?

- You would like to have Chinese in your school but you’re remote from teachers/other schools teaching Chinese?

- You are a school that can’t justify, for whatever reasons, recruiting your own Mandarin teacher?

English Ofsted (Quality Inspection) Report on Language Teaching: Our view – what is yours?

Have you read, thought about and acted upon the latest Ofsted  (England's Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) report on language teaching published this year, to think through the implications for teaching Chinese in primary and secondary schools? Even if you do not teach in England it might be worth reading to prompt you to wonder about how to improve your own teaching

Top 10 Free ICT Tools for Chinese Teachers (presented at SSAT China Conference 2011)

Thanks to everybody that came to our presentation at the SSAT Conference at the British Museum!   We loved sharing our ideas with you.  For those that couldn't make it, Pete and Simone’s presentation can be viewed on Prezi HERE.

To download a complete list of all the links (and many others) mentioned in the presentation see the attachment below.

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.......

Chinese across the Curriculum: Using the Chinese Abacus in Math(s)

Wanting to improve your profile across the school?

Wanting to improve Maths skills in your school?

Bored of how you teach Maths?

IB Mandarin Chinese: An independent teacher's viewpoint

Want an insider's experienced perspective? 

In this article (download below) by Chen Draper , teacher of Mandarin at Sevenoaks School,  IB Mandarin (中文大学预科国际文凭) is discussed in terms of how IB Mandarin fits into the general and quiet different ethos of the IB, which course within the IB works for which student, the experience of teaching IB Mandarin and some practical tips including recommended resources.

Please comment on this article by logging-on to The Chinese Staffroom. If you would like to write a similar article, for example about other accreditations (GCSE, AS etc) please email Pete at info [at] thechinesestaffroom [dot] com

Wanting more information on the IB Mandarin Chinese look here for links and facts

Character Sentence Pattern Practise tip

This useful exercise for practising sentence patterns in a fun and motivational way was sent in by Paul Tyskerud of Dartford Grammar School

• Type out the sentence patterns/structures that you are studying at the moment (at lease font size 20) leaving spaces between each character.

• Print them out (about 8 copies for a class that has 8 tables or more if you like) and then cut out each character

• When you have cut out all of your characters, shuffle them and put them in an envelope. You will need an envelope for each table/group in the class. Copies of some typical characters Paul has used are attached.

• Write on the white board the sentences that need to be found/put together in English and tell pupils the first team to correctly piece together the sentences wins a prize/merit mark (give the quietest team a merit mark to encourage good behaviour!).

Whilst this may be a fairly old technique, it does always seem to get a very positive results from students. It also ticks the following boxes:

• Kinaesthetic learning

• Team work

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