Certificate in the Teaching of Chinese


Professional Development for Teachers of Chinese

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

Sessions at Goldsmiths will be from 11:00 – 16:00

The UKFCS conference programme will be available nearer the time.









 Teaching sessions 1 



 Teaching sessions 2 - UKFCS Conference Day 1 *



 Teaching sessions 3 -  UKFCS Conference Day 2 *



Submission of portfolio. Student presentations.
Plans for ongoing professional development. Course evaluation.

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

Please note that as of 18/12/17 there are only five places left on that course.

You first need to apply by providing the following documents by Friday 5 January 2018:

  1. Reference from Head Teacher (WORD DOWNLOAD)
  2. Evidence of being native speaker of teaching language (if not stated in Head Teacher's reference) or of having an A-level qualification or equivalent in the language (photocopy of certificate).
  3. Five hundred word Reflective Report (WORD DOWNLOAD) in English entitled ‘Teaching in my complimentary school: personal reflections’.

Enrolment | Course Code 330018B

If you are eligible for the course, you will be asked to complete a short course enrolment form and pay for the course fees. If you are sponsored by your school, then your school will be invoiced. The number of participants on that course is limited to 20 people and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you fail to return your enrolment form and pay for your fees by Friday 5 January 2018, your place on the course may be withdrawn. We also advise applicants to communicate by email rather than post at all times.


The course fee is £600 payable to Goldsmiths once you have been offered a place.

* UKFC Conference

All students are required to attend the UK Federation of Chinese Schools’ Teacher Training Conference (TTC18). You will need to pay a conference fee of £100** directly to UKFCS when you book. The conference offers a full programme of workshops over Saturday and Sunday and the fee includes one night accommodation, meals, refreshments and teaching materials. A programme will be available from UKFCS nearer the time. In the meantime, you can download a copy of the UKFCS Conference 2017 (PDF DOWNLOAD).

** Funding for UKFCS Full Member School Teachers

The first 15 successful applicants may apply for a scholarship of up to £100 through the UKFCS. This scholarship is open to UKFCS Full Member School Teachers only and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To find out more about the scholarship‘s terms and conditions and how to apply, please download the UKFCS scholarship application form (Word download) from the UKFCS website or email with “UKFCS Goldsmiths Scholarships Application for TTC18” in the subject line.

Course Administrator: Laurence Connor | teacherscentre (  | 020 7919 7326