On 21 October 2013 Cardiff Confucius Institute hosted a Mandarin assessor training day for the Welsh Joint Education Council (WJEC) to enable 15 tutors from Lampeter and Cardiff Confucius Institutes to deliver the Mandarin Language component of the Welsh Baccalaureate (QCF) accreditation to pupils across schools in Wales.
The language course forms part of the ‘Wales, Europe and the World’ module of the Welsh Baccalaureate and students spend 20 hours learning Mandarin and gaining an understanding of Chinese culture. Cardiff and Lampeter Confucius Institutes have been delivering the Mandarin Welsh Baccalaureate programme for the past five years.
The WJEC qualification in Languages (QCF) enables pupils to undertake language acquisition through purposeful units of work within a flexible and regulated qualification.
The training day focused on the way in which schools could be encouraged to deliver the module, the level of language input required and the way in which tasks are assessed. The WJEC encourages tutors to make language learning fun, and ideas for teaching methods were also discussed at the training day.
This training course was developed after Claire Parry had met with Xiaofen Li and Fanzhi Yang, two of Cardiff Confucius Institute’s tutors, to develop the entry level Mandarin units.