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There are many websites and resources available when it comes to looking for new and creative ways to teach Mandarin.

Whether you are a specialist Mandarin teacher or are only just starting to introduce Mandarin to your pupils, the following websites will help to get you started in the classroom.

Teaching resources

Institute of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools

This is the national centre for advice on and support for the teaching and learning of Chinese and about China in secondary and primary schools in England.

Their website contains useful teaching materials and schemes of work for primary schools.

British Council

The British Council offers a wide range of resources to give your class a glimpse into other cultures and provide a base to develop international partnerships.

Celebrating cultural festivals

Useful websites for help with planning lessons around Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and other celebrations.


There are a wide range of apps available to help you and your pupils get to grips with learning Mandarin. Here are some recommended ones:

Youth Chinese Test and Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi

These websites provide schools wanting to find out more about the Youth Chinese Test (YCT) and Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) with an overview of the tests and their requirements.

Other useful websites

Help with Chinese characters

These handy resources provide a list of the most common Chinese characters ordered by frequency, characters sorted by level first used in the new HSK and character strokes/order with the websites Hhanzi5 and Chinese-tools.