Research into China, Language Acquisition and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language


Mandarin Play Group for 2 - 3 year-olds 婴幼儿中文

- Quality learning for children aged 2-3 and one-accompanied parent

Play GroupChildren have a natural ability to learn, which is developed during the first 3-4 years of their life. Learning a second language can be as easy as learning the first.

Language learning lays a foundation for study skills, attitudes and creative thinking. Every new language opens a new window into a new life.

Working with Chinese University of Hong Kong, the curriculum and teaching materials have been developed and backed by research.

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11am, from 4th November 2019, for 10 weeks (20 sessions).
Place: Confucius Institute, 2 Palmerston Road, Sheffield S10 2TE

Fees: £100 for 20 sessions (Intro Offer)
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Contact: Dr. Hu. Tel: 0114 2228447 / 07846262870; Email:

China Seminars 中国讲座

The CI regularly invites academics and experts worldwide to give talks at 'China Seminars Series', about latest research in language studies, language teaching, international relationships and economics, etc.

Research into Language Acquisition 继承语语言习得

Working with the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, SCI conducted research on the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese by heritage Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.

The project filled the gap for heritage language acquisition by school-age children and its research results have been publicised at various training courses and academic conferences. It has also led to further collaboration between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the university of Sheffield.

Chinese Language Acquisition Research Centre 汉语语言习得研究中心

The centre investigates the acquisition of Chinese by various types of learners to enhance understanding and provide references for language teachers, policy makers, textbook designers etc.

The Chinese Language Acquisition Centre was established and collaborations were built with:

Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), Southampton University;

College of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Peking University; 北京大学对外汉语教育学院

Child Bilingualism Research Centre (CBRC), Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); 香港中文大学 儿童双语研究中心

China Language Industry Research Institute, Capital Normal University; 首都师范大学 中国语言产业研究院;

Foreign Language College, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. 电子科技大学 外国语研究中心。

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