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K. Carruthers: The Development of Confucius Classrooms in the UK: Views from Scotland and England (Q5)


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This session will illustrate a sustainable development model for the teaching and learning of Chinese in Scotland and England, respectively. In 2008, Scotland had only one Confucius Classroom in one school. By 2010 there were 10 Confucius Classroom Hubs serving 15 school districts and hundreds of schools. This presentation will describe a sustainable model used to promote and develop Chinese language and culture across the curriculum in Scottish schools and coordinated by a national agency working in partnership with school districts. The national model in Scotland is guided by a set of principles that are relevant to anyone interested in developing Confucius Classrooms and significantly increasing the number of teachers and students learning Chinese language and culture. In England, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) is an independent membership organization dedicated to raising the achievement of young people in schools, through our “by schools, for schools” approach. The SSAT Confucius Institute has 34 Confucius classrooms developing Chinese and the study of China across schools in their area and a national fund to make support available to all schools in England introducing Chinese and to progress the core issues around teaching resources, teacher training and appropriate assessment for learners.

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K. Carruthers: The Development of Confucius Classrooms in the UK: Views from Scotland and England (Q5)

  1. 1. The SSAT Confucius Institute- the development of Confucius Classrooms in the UK: a view from England<br />Katharine Carruthers <br />
  2. 2. SSAT Confucius Institute Mission Statement<br /> Our mission is to secure a major expansion of Mandarin Chinese teaching throughout the English school system so that by 2012 every student who wants to learn Mandarin Chinese has the opportunity to do so. <br />
  3. 3. SSAT Confucius Classrooms<br />
  4. 4. SSAT Confucius Classrooms<br />Hub-spoke model<br />Well established Chinese teaching<br />Outreach work<br />Support regional networks of schools learning Chinese<br />Chinese partner schools<br />
  5. 5. SSAT Confucius Institute<br />Partners:<br />Hanban: Chinese Language Council International<br />Peking University and Peking University High School<br />Hanban teachers<br />Provincial Education Commissions<br />SSAT Confucius Classrooms and Schools all over England<br />Stakeholders across the UK and China<br />
  6. 6. HE Vice Premier Li Keqiang visits the UK<br />
  7. 7. UK Secretary of State for Education talks about China<br />
  8. 8. Examples of Partnership Working in the UK<br />Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House<br />British Museum<br />University Chinese departments<br />University based Confucius Institutes<br />
  9. 9. Key Issues for the development of Chinese teaching<br />Teaching materials<br />Teachers and teacher training<br />Accreditation<br />
  10. 10. Jìn bù 1 & 2<br /><ul><li>Pupil Book
  11. 11. Teacher’s Guide
  12. 12. Audio CD pack
  13. 13. Workbook</li></li></ul><li>Edexcel GCSE Chinese<br /><ul><li>Pupil Book
  14. 14. Teacher’s Guide
  15. 15. Audio CD pack
  16. 16. Workbook</li></li></ul><li>To secure an increase in the number of qualified Mandarin teachers in schools<br />1000 Teachers Agreement<br />
  17. 17. Teachers supported by Hanban from our partner hub schools here<br />
  18. 18. Significant numbers of school students attend the Hanban summer camps<br />
  19. 19. In-school support from SSAT Lead Practitioners for Chinese<br /><ul><li>how to set up and teach on timetable Chinese classes
  20. 20. designing a curriculum to lead to accreditation at Asset/GCSE
  21. 21. motivating students to choose Chinese and maintaining motivation
  22. 22. setting up a student exchange programme with a school in China
  23. 23. integrating the teaching of language and culture</li></li></ul><li>The Chinese Network<br />Chinese Teachers’ e-forum<br /> Set of webpages for teachers of Chines<br /><br /> Annual Chinese conference – May 20th/21st<br /> in London <br /> Head Teachers’ Steering Group<br />
  24. 24. SSAT Confucius Institute<br />
  25. 25. Challenges<br />Sustainability<br />Admin support for CC Managers<br />Quality Control<br />Benchmarking<br />Exchanging Experiences<br />
  26. 26. The Future<br />China Across the Curriculum<br />Bilateral Educational Projects<br />Multilateral Networking Projects<br />Chinese Immersion<br />
  27. 27. Contact<br /><br /><br />