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Confucius Institute

The Teaching of Chinese in North West Schools

4 September 2015

The North West is lagging behind the London and Southeast region in teaching Chinese in schools, according to the recent research report ‘The Teaching of Chinese in the UK’.

The North West is lagging behind the London and Southeast region in teaching Chinese in schools, according to the recent research report ‘The Teaching of Chinese in the UK’ commissioned by the British Council China and Confucius Institute Headquarters /Hanban. The UK Government has the ambition to double the number of Chinese learners, particularly in schools and among young people, by 2020. This adds the urgency to the challenges faced by the schools and policy makers in the North West.

One effective way to help schools to introduce and sustain the teaching of Chinese is to become a Confucius Classroom, which comes with access to teaching and financial resources from Hanban. We have successfully helped 3 primary schools to gain the status over the past 7 years and they are St Paul’s CE Primary School, Withington (2008), The Gleddings Preparatory School in Halifax (2010) and Bolton School for Junior Boys Division (2014). Two more schools are waiting for approval in 2015.

The Confucius Institute is helping more local schools to embark on the journey of discovering China by supplying teachers and advising schools. Planned activities for 2016 include a visit to China and a language conference for North West schools, where we will share the findings of the report and best practices in teaching of Chinese.

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