Teachers from Across Wales Complete a Chinese Language Immersion Week during February Half Term in Cardiff

Cardiff Confucius Institute arranged a Chinese Language Immersion Week for teachers from across Wales as part of the Wales China Schools initiative. In total, twelve teachers from across Wales joined a host of Chinese tutors and trainers at the Holiday Inn in Cardiff for an intensive Half Term week of Chinese language and culture sessions. Teachers participated in events every morning, afternoon and evening with contributions from British Council Wales and Cilt Cymru.

The event, which was funded by the Welsh Government, further promotes the Confucius Institutes for Wales’ commitment to developing a sustainable approach to Chinese language learning across Wales. Most of the participants have subsequently agreed to undertake further Chinese language sessions on a weekly basis in Cardiff. The group are now looking to participate in a second immersion session in China later in the year

Amy Hoddinott from Evenlode School explained: “Being residential meant that we could concentrate on learning and practicing Mandarin.” Another participant, Michael Parsons of Roath Park Primary school stated: “The language progression was steady and built upon consistently with plenty of revision opportunities. Group dynamics were friendly and supportive, led by a friendly and knowledgeable tutor.”

Scott Andrews, the organiser of the event stated: “The Wales China Schools initiative is committed to providing a variety of language learning opportunities for teachers to sustain language delivery in schools across Wales. We have some teachers learning intensively and others taking evening classes. We were delighted to take four teachers from Cardiff and their school children to Xiamen and Chongqing last year and one of our Confucius Classrooms also took a class group to China last summer. We are hoping to increase the number of opportunities to take teachers from Wales for Language Immersion courses in China this year.”

Participants at the February Half term Chinese Language Immersion Week