Category Archives: Teaching Chinese

summer term fun

With the end of term fast approaching, there is a whirlwind of fun end-of-the year activities. The highlight for the Languages Department this week has been the languages festival, a show put on by Years 7 and 8. The students … Continue reading

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Start of summer term & GTP

I promised in my last post to talk in more detail about what my GTP year entailed. I will come to that later, but first a brief update on school life two weeks into the summer term – not that … Continue reading

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Teacher training

Here’s a taste of my experience of teacher training, in response to a question from Elizabeth. I was lucky enough to get a Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) place with a school near me. GTP is one route for graduates to … Continue reading

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Learning characters

Continuing the theme of ICT and picking up on a member’s comment from my last post, I have to say that I have found no more effective way of getting students to learn characters than repeated copying by hand. Many, … Continue reading

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ICT

The half-term holiday is nearly over. But, as someone told me soon after I started teaching, teachers are never more than seven weeks away from a holiday! We break up for Easter on 30 March… The week before half-term was … Continue reading

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Happy new year!

恭喜发财!Happy new year of the dragon! Welcome to this blog in which I hope to give you a flavour of life as a high school Mandarin teacher. I recently trained as a teacher after a career in the civil service … Continue reading

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