As an experienced primary teacher and trainer with a background in Modern Languages and hundreds of hours of Mandarin lessons under my belt; I’ve spent the last eight years teaching and researching how to best teach Mandarin to beginner learners in the UK.
My own Mandarin journey began in Changchun, Jilin Province, North-East China where I worked as a teacher trainer from 1995-1997.
The very first phrase I learnt was 没有 (“none”). Joy, who sorted the school mail, repeated this phrase to me daily in my first week and I had to track down one of my students to find out what it meant.
Creating such purposeful interactions for language learning isn’t as easy in the UK in a class with 30 children but I believe that games are as close as we can get to creating genuine and meaningful contexts for language learning in school.
The development of these resources is grounded in extensive research linking attainment in language lessons to motivation, the efficacy of games as a language learning tool and my own personal belief that young children are naturally linguistically curious.