Need to improve Chinese teaching in UK universities

As the number of learners of Chinese may continue to rise in the future, there is urgent need to improve the quality of Chinese teaching as a foreign language in the United Kingdom higher education sector, participants at an international conference agreed last week, reports Xinhua.

The 16th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, organised by the British Chinese Language Teaching Society, attracted over 100 Chinese teaching and research professionals from the UK and some other countries, such as Japan, the United States, Germany and Malaysia. The three-day event, co-hosted by the School of Modern Languages, University of Warwick and the Confucius Institute at Coventry University, discussed a range of topics on teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Figures released at the conference showed almost all the UK universities offer Chinese language courses, with about 60,000 university students, but making Chinese teaching mainstream in the higher education system still faces challenges. Zhang Xinsheng, vice-president of the European Association of Chinese Teaching, said there are already efforts to improve Chinese teaching quality in the UK and there are challenges in resources and sustainability, teacher supply and training, standards and assessment.
Full report on the Xinhua site