Chinese Language Enhancement Course

Dates – TBC

Every year we are offer experienced Chinese teachers the opportunity to study in Shanghai at East China Normal University.

About: A two-week course in China for non-native, proficient speakers of Mandarin to improve their language skills both in the classroom and everyday life.

chinese_blackboardTarget Participants: This course is aimed at advanced/ proficient (non-native) speakers of Chinese, who are currently teaching in the UK. The course will immerse them in a native-speaking environment, in order to improve their language and cultural skills, subsequently enhancing their teaching in the UK. Please note, this course is NOT suitable for intermediate speakers.

Proposed Course Content and Format: As this course is aimed at proficient speakers, who will be predominantly teaching higher Secondary level pupils, course content will reflect their needs. Content will be based on topical themes relevant to the demands of UK examinations, and participants can expect a minimum of 30 hours’ tuition per week (Mon-Fri).
Course content will be developed between the expert teachers at ECNU, and the UCL IOE Confucius Institute, to ensure that you are studying relevant and challenging material. There will be a strong focus on correct pronunciation and tone, as well as developing writing skills. There will also be input on methodology, alongside lectures and talks delivered in Chinese. Finally, being in China there will be ample opportunities provided to get into the “real world” and practice your Mandarin in everyday situations.

Expected Outcomes: Placing this course in China provides a unique opportunity for dedicated teachers to improve their language skills, alongside developing essential cultural and methodology knowledge. In addition, the immersive environment will allow teachers valuable time to share knowledge and best practice in a way that is not possible in the UK.

Cost: This course is generously subsidised by Hanban. Participants will cover the costs of their own airfare, food, visa costs and travel insurance. All other costs, including tuition fee, teaching resources, accommodation and some organised excursions are covered by Hanban.

Application:  Applications will open in early 2017.

Course guide:   Click here to read about the course structure, a sample itinerary and guidance on practical matters from 2016’s course.

If you have any questions please email the team chinesenetworks@ioe.ac.uk.

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