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Kung Hei Fat Choi

February 28th, 2019

In early February, 24 Mandarin students from Year 7 celebrated Chinese New Year with a day out in London.

In September, Central Foundation joined the Department for Education’s nationwide Mandarin Excellence Programme. Now in its third year, the intensive language programme is supported by the UCL Institute of Education and aims to see at least 5,000 pupils in England on track to fluency in Mandarin by 2020. The language is taught as part of the curriculum and in a series of after school sessions, open to advanced speakers and to newcomers in Years 7-9.

The new year tour began with a visit to the British Museum. At the museum, the group of 24 were split into smaller groups and given research projects designed to make them explore Chinese history and culture through the artefacts in the building.

Upon leaving the British Museum, the pupils travelled to Chinatown for lunch. Throughout the afternoon, pupils were encouraged to speak Mandarin while ordering food to develop confidence in speaking the language, as well as reading it. After lunch they were set a treasure hunt activity in the area to encourage them to discover information about Chinese New Year.


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