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Learn to Teach Mandarin: CPD for KS2 and KS3 teachers 13-week course with 10 Credits at Level 4

Course dates

  • 10 October to 16 December 2022
  • 17:30 to 19:30
  • Delivered via Zoom

Introduction to the course

The New Curriculum for Wales reflects a vision of Wales as a multilingual nation with a variety of language teaching options that enrich Global Citizenship and introduce essential skills for future employment.

Learn to Teach Mandarin is a University Level 4 course designed with the new curriculum in mind. It aims to equip teachers with basic Mandarin language skills and essential topics they can deliver in the classroom.

A unique feature of the course is the triple literacy methodology used for delivering Mandarin. Colour coded sentence builders are used to show both the differences and similarities between Mandarin, Welsh and English. The colour coded learning methodology is also transferrable to other languages.

Each unit is thematically based on real life scenarios and can be delivered as a standalone topic or as a series of lessons. The content of all 11 units builds gradually to provide a solid foundation for further study.

In addition to the language units the course offers a series of 10 academic lectures on different Chinese cultural topics. These provide a sound basis for teachers to go on to create Chinese culture resources and activities in class.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at KS3 teachers who wish to learn some basic Mandarin in order to deliver Chinese-themed topics in class.

It is ideal for MFL teachers who wish to add another language to their portfolio, but is also eminently suitable for teachers who have no background in foreign language teaching. No prior experience of Mandarin is required.

Course topics

Week no.DateThemesCultural topicsCultural studies
 1 10 Oct Greeting and names Chinese names Chinese myths
2 17 Oct Countries and nationalities Chinese ethnic groups The legend of Peach Blossom Village
3 24 Oct Numbers and age The evolution of Chinese characters The art of Chinese calligraphy
4 31 Oct Dates and days Chinese festivals Chinese festivals
5 7 Nov My family Chinese family and filial piety Confucius and filial piety
6 14 Nov My pets 12 zodiac animals The seasons and the 24 solar terms
7 21 Nov Review Week 1-6    
8 28 Nov Jobs and location Tea industry Tea villages in China
9 5 Dec My school Chinese educational system Day in the life of a Chinese school student
10 12 Dec Food and drink Traditional Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine
11 9 Jan Hobbies and sports Entertainment in China Experience Qigong Exercice
12 16 Jan Final revision    
13 23 Jan Final assessment    


After each lesson students will receive the following resources:

  • Recording of the lesson
  • Handouts with key vocabulary and colour coded sentence builders
  • PPT
  • Activity sheets
  • Lesson plan
  • Audio recording of new words
  • Homework sheet
  • Character writing practice sheet
  • Recorded Chinese culture lectures
  • Audio-visual and extensive reading materials


To qualify for 10 credits at Level 4 students need to submit and pass the following assessments:

Presentation: 10 minutes, in the medium of English or Welsh on a Chinese cultural topic.
Oral test: Short self-introduction in Chinese, reading a Chinese text followed by questions.
Written test using 40 Chinese characters.


There are no course fees, but the registration fee is £20. Please use the link below to pay for the registration fee and apply for the course. You will be sent a student registration form to complete and to enrol you as a short credit course student at UWTSD.

Registration fee and application

Upon completion of registration students will have a UWTSD account giving access to:

  • University email account
  • IT Service Desk support
  • Library and online learning services