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Mandarin Course

Yorkshire and the Humber

The University of Bradford

Thanks to funding from Routes into Languages, St Bede’s School, Heaton, Bradford was able to offer their year 10 MFL students a fifteen week course of basic Mandarin Chinese.

Course tutor Wanyu Zheng from Bradford University made the lessons accessible and challenging, well-structured and fun, incorporating not only basic language skills but also the culture and history of China, instilling in the students the wish to visit the country in the future.

Language tutors are very impressed with the progress they have made. And the students themselves were delighted with the course. “A fantastic opportunity” said one. “I am thrilled I took it.” “Wanyu has inspired me to continue with languages to a higher level and I am grateful for the opportunity we have had”, said another. “I will take a lot of newly learnt skills from this opportunity”, said a third.

What might have been a tough 15 weeks was made easy to follow through the skills of Wanyu, and students would welcome the opportunity to do a similar course again.