Certificate in the Teaching of Chinese


This course provides a foundation in up-to-date methods for teaching Chinese.

students learning Chinese

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 nearly 70 teachers have now completed since 2013. 

A blended approach combining face-to-face teaching, supported self-study and classroom observation ensures flexibility in meeting individual needs and 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. It 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 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 independent learner.

Other course elements are a visit to a mainstream school. A trained mentor will also observe you teaching in your school at least once. Assessment will be based on a portfolio submitted at the end of the course.

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 the mentor is to provide, help, advice and encourage reflection, somebody with knowledge and experience to draw upon. We provide guidelines for mentors to assist them in carrying out their role. 

Taught sessions

This course is not currently running.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Teachers' Centre

How to Apply

Entry requirements

Applicants for the course should:

  • be a native speaker of Chinese 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 in a UK mainstream, independent or community-based school context;
  • be teaching a class of at least 10 primary or secondary school-aged students;
  • have the support of their Headteacher to undertake the course (including willingness to arrange for a mentor).


To start your application, you need to provide a Reference from Head Teacher supporting your application (including their commitment to identify a school-based mentor) and a 500-word Reflective Report entitled ‘Teaching in my school: personal reflections’. Please contact teacherscentre (@gold.ac.uk) to receive our information pack.

Fees and Funding

The course fee is £700

If you are sponsored by your school or another organisation we can invoice your sponsor directly.


If your application is successful, you will be asked to enrol and pay for the course fees. 
This course will only run with a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 20 people.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are only definite once your enrolment is complete.
We also advise applicants to communicate by email rather than post at all times.