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Mandarin

Learning Mandarin at City gives students the chance to explore a huge depth of history and language which has largely developed without much influence from the outside world.

Mandarin at City

City has long recognised the importance of providing Mandarin teaching to its students and is one of the early pioneers of the subject in the UK. Learning Chinese gives students an insight into a vastly different language, thinking and culture.

Why study Mandarin at City?

City has long recognised the importance of providing Mandarin teaching to its students and is one of the early pioneers of the subject in the UK. Learning Chinese gives students an insight into a vastly different language, thinking and culture. For many students, it provides an opportunity to stretch themselves linguistically in a completely new way, combining intellectual rigour and discipline with a strong artistic appreciation of the written script.

Written Chinese is one of the oldest continual systems still in use and is the only surviving pictographic system. The students are given the freedom and support to communicate confidently and effectively in Chinese. Regular support from language assistants helps students to replicate and master differently pitched tones in spoken Mandarin. Students receive a real sense of achievement when they are able to read and write characters and communicate in Chinese.

Our Staff

Elizabeth Garner, BA (York), MA (SOAS), MSc (Manchester)
head of Chinese
Fu Xiong, BA (Open), MA (King's College)
teacher of Chinese
Jing Jing Zhao, MA (Essex)
teacher of Chinese

Curriculum

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"Chinese was definitely the language for me as it is not only a beautiful language with a fascinating history but it has allowed me to stand out in terms of university applications."

Jathushaa, year 13

Beyond the curriculum

In year 8 student visit the BFI to study Chinese cinema. In year 9 there is a daytrip to the British Museum and China Town. For years 10-12 a trip is offered to Nanjing and Shanghai. These exciting opportunities allow City girls to find out more about Mandarin language and Chinese culture.

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