Certificate in the Teaching of Chinese


Professional Development for Teachers of Chinese

We are currently exploring the possibility of running this course from January 2019. Please register your interest by emailing your name and phone number to Laurence Connor. We will keep you informed of developments in good time.

Course tutors: Amy ThompsonCatalina Brook and Dr Jim Anderson

This course provides a foundation in up-to-date methods for teaching community languages and aims to increase appreciation and knowledge of Chinese in the UK, addressing young people’s present language learning needs and perceptions. 

It draws on Goldsmiths expertise in this area, as well as that of professional partners. Goldsmiths have worked in partnership with the UK Federation of Chinese Schools to develop this certificate which over 60 teachers have now completed since 2012.

A blended approach combining face-to-face teaching, supported self-study and classroom observation ensures flexibility in meeting individual needs and an ongoing integration of theory and practice. Course participants are expected to be well-organised, open to new ideas and to develop a reflective stance towards their professional development.

The course involves 150 hours of learning time and leads to the award of a Goldsmiths’ Certificate with a value of 15 credits at Level 3 of the Higher Education framework. It provides excellent preparation for undertaking a PGCE course at a later stage.

What you study

The course promotes a reflective, process-based and collaborative approach to professional development integrating theory and practice. It is based on a combination of lecture workshops, self-study activities and classroom teaching, providing an introduction to:

  • Principles of effective second/foreign language teaching and learning with an emphasis on the particular needs of the bilingual community language learner.
  • Creating a positive learning environment (ground rules, relationships, rewards and sanctions, involving parents).
  • Effective planning which builds insights into the language system and progresses from input and practice to meaningful use.
  • Strategies for lively, interactive teaching.
  • Developing intercultural understanding and skills and encouraging creativity.
  • catering for different needs in the classroom (differentiation)
  • Using textbooks and creating own resources (including E-resources).
  • Formative assessment and progression.
  • Language learner strategies and developing the independent learner.

Other course elements are a visit to a mainstream school and attending the UKFCS conference.

A trained mentor will also observe you teaching in your school at least once.


Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence built up over the course, including a report on a classroom project, and submitted at the end of the course.

Taught sessions

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Entrance requirements

Applicants for the course should:

  • Be a native speaker of the language they are teaching (in the case of Chinese, this may be either Mandarin or Cantonese) OR have an A level (or equivalent qualification) in the language.
  • Be able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English on matters related to education.
  • Be teaching or about to start teaching a class of at least 10 primary or secondary age students in a UK based school (complementary, state or independent).
  • Have the support of their Head Teacher to undertake the course, including willingness to arrange for a mentor.

Mentor support is an important element in enabling participants to make maximum progress on the course. A mentor is an experienced teacher who will act as a ‘critical friend’. The role of a mentor is to provide, help, advice and encourage reflection, somebody with knowledge and experience to draw upon. We provide guidelines and electronic resources to assist mentors in carrying out their role.

Application requirements

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Enrolment (Course Code 330018B)

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UKFCS conference

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Course Administrator

Laurence Connor | teacherscentre (@gold.ac.uk)  | 020 7919 7326