The Chinese Staffroom is remarkably well-informed, useful and pretty much the only up-to-date resource I’ve found.
New Primary Chinese Initiative Launched in the UK
About Mandarin Chinese for Primary Schools
Thousands of primary school children in England will benefit from the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese and study Chinese culture as part of the new five-year initiative, Mandarin Chinese for Primary Schools, from the Institute of Education (IOE) funded by HSBC Global Education Programme.
The work of the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools (IOE CI) has focussed predominantly on the development of Mandarin Chinese in secondary schools. Mandarin Chinese for Primary Schools will extend this work to more primary schools in England and develop the most effective ways to teach Chinese language and culture at the primary level.
Latest Job listing
Part Time Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese Teacher Whitechapel, London
A Chinese language supplementary school based in East London requires a number of part time Mandarin and Cantonese teachers, including one GCSE Mandarin teacher and one GCSE Cantonese teacher to teach for two hours every Saturday (Term Time Only).
Term dates: 7th Sept 2013 – July 2014 (34 weeks Term Time Only). Hourly rate: £14
Applicants for this position must:
• Be fluent in Chinese and English
• Have minimum one year’s teaching experience, within the last three years
• Be able to type in English and Chinese
• Have competent numeracy skills
• Have the right to work in the UK (If you are a UK Work Permit Holder, the expiry date of your Visa must exceed July 2014)
• The successful applicant will be required to abide by the school policy for safeguarding children which includes an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
Apply now by emailing your CV and a Cover Letter either in Chinese or English see link.
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.
Los Angeles, National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC 2014)
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.
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.
•Offer practical, hands-on information and resources that participants can apply in their work.