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Mandarin

Welcome to the Mandarin resources page – providing new ideas and materials for primary teachers.

These resources have been chosen by members of the DfE Expert Panel and members of the ALL Primary Special Interest group as ones that have been used in their own schools. They include a variety of commercial as well as non-commercial resources, publications, free websites and online materials for developing cultural awareness.

The DFE Expert Panel was set up to oversee the National Curriculum review back in 2011.

ALL does not recommend or endorse particular resources.

Chinese cultural information and resources

BBC

Interactive activities for primary Mandarin from BBC Schools. Based around beginners’ topics, the site includes animations, printable worksheets and a teacher’s area with advice on using the site.

British Council

An education pack to tie in with the Chinese Moon Festival to help primary schools explore Chinese culture and language.

Semanda

Customizable Chinese flashcards and vocabulary exercises for children.

eChinese learning

Nursery rhymes, stories and songs in video with transcripts.

Confucius Institute online learning

Non-profit public institutions aligned with the Government of the People’s Republic of China which aim to promote Chinese language and culture. Includes video stories, language activities and cultural information.

Search engines

Google Search Engine

Google Search Engine: www.google.cn

Advice for primary teachers

Advice & guidance for teachers of languages in the primary sector.

Advice for language coordinators

Advice & guidance for language coordinators in the primary sector.

Advice for head teachers

Advice & guidance for head teachers & governors in the primary sector.