Teaching and learning Mandarin online workshop
CI UK director Dr. Ding gave presentation in Initiation to Teaching and Learning of Mandarin as a school subject online workshop, which was organized by UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools, Confucius Institute at University of Liverpool co-hosted.
UCL IOE Confucius Institute initiated a programme which aims to guide current Hanban teachers through consideration and reflection of teaching and learning experiences as a teacher, learner and observer in the UK and the learning cycle 1 online workshop was held on Friday 20th November 2020, 14:00-16:00. All the CI tutors joined the event and CI UK director Dr. Ding gave presentation of Teachers’ Enthusiasm and Learners’ Motivation in the Mandarin Classroom.
Firstly, Xiaoming Zhu, lead coordinator for this programme, introduced the school context, especially illustrated Teaching and Learning of Mandarin as a school subject and how Chinese mandarin teaching fits in the British national curriculum. During the presentation, various topics that are relevant to Mandarin teaching in local schools, such as learners’ first language, background, and motivation, were discussed.
Secondly, Dr. Ding, CI UK director, gave a presentation- Developing Understanding of Teachers’ Enthusiasm and Learners’ Motivation in the Mandarin Classroom in English Schools-from a perspective of academia. It was widely accepted that teachers’ enthusiasm and learners’ motivation is more likely to be relevant and the presentation even provides deeper understanding of ‘enthusiasm’ and subsequently, gives implications on Chinese mandarin teaching.
Next, Victor Wu, who is the coordinator for the programme and has been teaching Chinese Mandarin in local secondary schools for years, focused on a national exam-GCSE and shared the concept of accountability, and analysed how these criteria impact overall Mandarin curriculum design in schools.
Overall, this online workshop offers a platform for current Hanban teachers in the UK to retrospect the teaching experience and consider the issues on localization both from a theoretical and practical point of view.
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