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IOE Confucius Institute for Schools

Supporting the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese and the study of China across other areas of the curriculum.

The IOE Confucius Institute for Schools (IOE CI) supports schools in starting and developing the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese and the study of China across other areas of the curriculum.

Main activities

  • Support the mainstreaming of Chinese teaching across schools in England, acting as a central point for queries and advice, by phone and through its e-forum (see below) and organising an annual conference for teachers of Chinese
  • Develop and promote teaching materials suitable for use in English schools
  • Train local teachers of Chinese
  • Train teachers sent from China to support development work in schools new to Chinese
  • Advance research on the learning of Chinese as a foreign language at school level, providing a secure basis for future thinking and developments in the field
  • Support the development of appropriate accreditation – both with English Examination Boards and using YCT/HSK proficiency tests
  • to encourage IOE Confucius Classrooms to hold a range of appropriate cultural activities
  • Support the development of teaching about China in schools
  • Work with Chinese and English partner schools on bilateral programmes at teacher and student level
  • Organise annual student language learning visits to China to enhance language acquisition. 
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