Teaching tips - general

China Timeline - lesson activity

Attached is an ideal keyword and timeline activity that I am using to introduce China to my year 6's. The first slide allows children to link and understand keywords to their meaning for the forthcoming term. The following slides can be printed and laminated and used by pupils to place in order within the classroom.

USA: Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades - A Handbook of Resources and Best Practices for Mandarin Immersion

Are you looking for best practise and resources for teaching early years Mandarin Chinese teaching?

The Asia Society has released an excellent new book (available as a free download): Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades based on US Mandarin immersion programmes.

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.......

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

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