Press Releases 2014-2015

Students at Ysgol Penglais celebrate GCSE success in Mandarin


The Confucius Institute at UWTSD, who established five Confucius Classrooms in southwest Wales offering Chinese language and culture to schools, have received outstanding results from students.

Just a few months after the official opening of their Confucius Classroom in July, students at Ysgol Penglais in Aberystwyth achieved an outstanding result in their Chinese GCSE exams with a rating of 100% A* to C grades.

Confucius Institute teacher Dr Zhou Changxian said: "Mandarin is regarded as a difficult language for Western learners, with few pupils choosing to study it as a GCSE or A-Level subject. The results at Ysgol Penglais demonstrate that students can complete the Chinese GCSE course and achieve top results.”

The eleven students who took the Chinese GCSE exam are jointly taught by local teacher Lucy Huws and Dr Zhou Changxian.

Megan Evans, a student on the Chinese course said: “All of our hard work paid off, we are all hoping to do as well in our A Levels.” Fellow student Sean Fraser said: “The Confucius Institute’s sponsored trip to Beijing really motivated us to work and get the most out of the experience.”

The Confucius Institute at UWTSD and Ysgol Penglais are currently planning the next school trip to China for a 10 day intensive language study.

The Confucius Institute at UWTSD is a doorway into China for schools, university students, businesses and communities in Wales. Set up with the backing of the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Institute is a major centre for Mandarin provisions in Wales.

With an office at UWTSD Swansea and the main centre at UWTSD Lampeter, there is an ever-growing network of Associate Schools and Confucius Classrooms, all of which have their own dedicated Mandarin teachers delivering language courses and Chinese Studies.

Fully trained in delivering Mandarin as a Foreign Language, the Institute’s teachers are seconded to schools in the primary and secondary education sector for a minimum of two years, ensuring the continuous progression of Mandarin.

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