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A second step towards sustainable Chinese Studies

A second step towards sustainable Chinese Studies

Cardiff Confucius Institute, in partnership with Lampeter Confucius Institute, organised a second pan-Wales Schools forum in a bid to help the growth of sustainable Chinese Studies at all levels in Wales.

Welsh schools and organisations were invited to University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen for a two-day round table discussion with language experts, modern foreign language advisors, Chinese tutors, validating authorities and language practitioners to explore the future of Chinese Studies.

Discussions were also built on issues that were raised in the first forum that took place last year in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and involved representatives of Cardiff Council, the Welsh Assembly, and Cilt Cymru, who joined teachers, head-teachers, modern foreign language advisors and examination/validation authorities.

As part of the Confucius Institutes for Wales China Schools Project, both forums sought to work alongside all schools in Wales currently engaging in activities with China and also to raise aspirations for other schools that would like to see Chinese studies integrated into their programmes in the future.

Scott Andrews, Project Manager of Cardiff Confucius Institute said: “This second meeting of the Wales China Schools forum has attracted even more schools than last year and demonstrates the increasing interest in the development of Chinese language opportunities as a genuine alternative to other modern foreign languages in both primary and secondary schools across Wales.”

Helen Potts, School Governor of Llanfair Primary School benefited from the second forum. She said: “It was a really good event that provided a really helpful understanding of all the opportunities available to build Mandarin/Chinese Culture learning units into the curriculum.”