Mandarin for teachers | 学校员工学中文

Meeting the challenge: preparing the Mandarin at school.

Chinese Mandarin teacher in front of a blackboard in a classroom

China-related topics, activities and links have certainly raised students’ global awareness, developed their cultural understanding and widened their global horizons and perspectives. However, taking Mandarin language into the school system is an even bigger decision. Schools may face a range of linguistic, pedagogical and cultural challenges.

We offer free Mandarin language taster sessions for school staff and teachers, aiming to give an introduction about linguistic features and cultural implications for teaching and learning Mandarin at school.

The taster session normally includes a seminar talk followed by practical activities. It is designed to introduce the Mandarin language, as well as China and its culture, and practical skills such as writing Chinese strokes and characters and conversing using daily phrases.

If there is enough interest from school staff and teachers (more than five) for learning Mandarin, we are happy to provide a course at school, similar to our 'Survival Chinese' offering. Alternatively, they are welcome to join the following courses, which are held at the University of Sheffield.


Survival Chinese

This five day, 10 hour long intensive course focuses on speaking and listening skills and covers vocabulary and expressions useful in everyday situations. It is suitable for learners with little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin.

Find out more on our Mandarin for adults course page.

Chinese for Everyone

A 12 week evening course, with a two-hour class a week held on weekday evenings (6:30-8:30pm), during the University semester dates. Classes are available at six levels: Beginners I and II, Upper Beginners, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. All courses include speaking, listening, reading and writing and are designed for students to progress through the levels over several semesters.

Find out more on our Mandarin for adults course page.

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