Six new Confucius Classrooms for Wales and the 5th Wales China School Forum

The 5th Wales China School Forum took place at Cardiff University on 2-3rd December 2012. Over 50 participants were involved in the two day event which started with a Chinese-only day – drawing together Chinese tutors, teachers and trainers from across Wales to explore some of the cultural challenges of working in schools in Wales. These sessions were led by an established Flintshire based Chinese Teacher, Penny Lynch and by Kristina Hedges from Cilt Cymru.

The second day enabled participant to examine and evaluate the range of different Chinese training and teaching resources that are available for classroom use. Presentations were delivered by representatives from British Council Wales, Cilt Cymru and Cardiff & Lampeter Confucius Institutes which explored opportunities for future funding, accreditation and language progression, educational visits to China and linking with schools in China.

The forum coincided with news that Hanban in Beijing have approved a further six Confucius Classrooms for Wales, which will be launched in 2013. Scott Andrews, the event organiser, based at Cardiff Confucius Institute commented: “’Wales China Schools’ has been growing as an initiative for five years and it is encouraging to see so many different resources being utilized to expand opportunities for Chinese language learning among school children in Wales. The expansion of our network of Confucius Classrooms across Wales will further develop future opportunities for language learning”

The six new Confucius Classrooms will be based at Lansdowne Primary School, Cardiff; Ysgol Eirias, Colwyn Bay; St Cennydd School, Caerphilly; Ysgol Penglais, Aberystwyth; Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bryn Tawe, Swansea and Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Carmarthenshire.

The participants at the 5th Forum meeting in Cardiff

Pupils from Cathays High welcome forum participants with a short Chinese introduction