• Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese

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Here at The Urswick School we have always been passionate about learning different languages.  In 2015 we were thrilled to add Mandarin Chinese to our existing offer. 

Over the last two years Mandarin Chinese has become embedded in our curriculum and in Year 7 and 8 a third of all our students now study it as their first Modern Foreign Language.   There are also groups in Year 9 and in 2017 our first GCSE group will begin their Year 10 course.  We also offer a 10 week taster course for Year 12 students in Mandarin Chinese.

The ability to study Mandarin to GCSE level and beyond represents a valuable opportunity for our students.  Mandarin is spoken by over a billion people, it is the language of the 2nd biggest economy in the world and yet, at present, so few UK schools offer students the chance to learn it.  In 2016 140,000 students sat a GCSE examination in French, but just 4,000 in Mandarin Chinese.  Our students will therefore become even better equipped to be sophisticated, independent global citizens by the time they leave us. 

Within their study of Mandarin Chinese students are encouraged to broaden their cultural horizons.  We encourage students to explore music, dance, literature, art and theatre from China and build the students’ confidence by engaging them in enrichment activities which are fun and where they can practice their language learning in real life situations.  Over the last year students have benefitted from an interactive Kung Fu workshop as part of the celebrations for Chinese New Year, a visit to see the incredible Chinese art in the British Museum and a trip to a restaurant in Chinatown.

We have also developed a strong relationship with a partner school in China.  Year 8 and 9 students regularly exchange letters and gifts with their peers, with both sets of students benefitting through practising their language learning as well as making friends and learning from each other’s similarities as well as differences.

In July 2017 we were very excited to launch our first Hanban study trip to China.  10 Year 9 students were lucky enough to spend 10 days in China improving their language skills as well as seeing some of the amazing and historic sites.