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Mandarin students showcase language skills to Chinese University partners

4 January 2017

A delegation from Xiamen University visit the School of Modern Languages, home to Cardiff's Confucius Institute.
A delegation from Xiamen University visit the School of Modern Languages, home to Cardiff's Confucius Institute.

Students studying Mandarin were recently given the opportunity to practise their language skills in-front of a prestigious audience of Chinese academics.

A  delegation from Xiamen University travelled to the University in November to sign a partnership agreement to increase collaborative research, share education best practice and create more opportunities for student and staff exchange.

While the delegation were at the University, the Confucius Institute organised for them to join two Languages for All Mandarin Chinese classes that were taking place in the School of Modern Languages.

While at the School the delegation answered questions posed by students and reported that they enjoyed being introduced to students who were so enthusiastic about Chinese language and culture.

Languages for All Director Catherine Chabert said, “Mandarin Chinese was one of the first languages taught in the Languages for All programme and from the early days we have worked closely with the Confucius Institute and made the most of their expertise in Chinese language and culture. This partnership works very well and this was an excellent opportunity to be able to showcase our work to our colleagues in Xiamen University.”