UWTSD Confucius Institute hosts Wales China Schools Forum on Mandarin and triple literacy


24.11.2021

The Wales China Schools Forum Autumn 2021 is being hosted by the UWTSD Confucius Institute on 3 December in an online meeting of educators and trainee teachers from across Wales.

UWTSD Confucius Institute hosts Wales China Schools Forum

Key to the presentations and discussions are practical questions regarding the teaching of international languages in primary and secondary schools as part of the new curriculum for Wales.

The theme of this December’s Forum is triple literacy whereby foreign languages are explored in relation to both Welsh and English. Schools planning their curriculum from 2022 onwards are facing imminent decisions regarding language options for pupils and have many questions to consider. What languages should be offered?  Are those languages supported by the right resources? Do staff have to be retrained in a new language and in triple literacy methodology?  Should the focus be on Indo-European languages, or on more radical choices?

These questions, and a close-up examination of Mandarin as a language that both complements and challenges assumptions about language learning will be addressed at the Forum. Experts from different sectors of education in Wales will be offering fruitful ideas for discussion as well as practical suggestions. Speakers will focus on issues relating to triple teaching methodology, resources as well as Mandarin language training opportunities for teachers and students training in education.  

The forum will be welcomed by Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of Carmarthen and Lampeter Campuses, and the keynote speech, Gwrando’r Geiriau / Listening to Language will be delivered by Professor Mererid Hopwood, Chair of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University, and previously Professor of Languages and the Curriculum Cymreig at UWTSD.

Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute commented: ‘The new curriculum for Wales adopts a plurilingual approach to language learning.  Introducing Mandarin as one of the languages in the linguistic mix offers new dimensions to language learning, especially when compared and contrasted with the European languages that many pupils in school are most familiar with. We have seen from our Confucius Classrooms that Mandarin gives students confidence as they discover they can do well in what is considered to be a difficult subject. Learning Mandarin allows students to see different world views and gain intercultural understanding, something that is at the heart of the new curriculum and the creation of ethically informed, global citizens.’

The Wales China Schools Forum is a collaboration of the three Welsh Confucius Institutes at UWTSD, Cardiff and Bangor Universities. It provides an opportunity for educators from primary and secondary school Confucius Classrooms across Wales, currently numbering 18, to share strategies, teaching methodologies and resources for the sustainable delivery of Mandarin. Further, the Forum welcomes all headteachers, MFL teachers and any other staff interested in introducing Mandarin in their school and aims to showcase examples of best practice for the teaching of Mandarin in Wales.

Anyone interested in attending the Forum can book their place at the link below:

https://waleschinaschoolsforumautumn2021.eventbrite.co.uk

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For more information, contact Krystyna Krajewska, Confucius Institute Executive Director by emailing k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

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