Teaching Chinese in Scotland: Pedagogy Meets the Language is a one day workshop for those involved in, training in, or interested in the teaching of Chinese. Taking place on Friday 12 June 2015 at 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9JY there will be a number of parallel workshops running on the day – which is free to attend.

The workshops will be run by experienced teachers and trainers from the Chinese Studies Department in the University of Edinburgh; Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools; School of Oriental and African Studies; Heriot-Watt University; and Dollar Academy.

Running from 9:45am on Friday 12 June 2015, with registration from 9:00am and networking opportunities from 4:15pm this event is free of charge. An outline of the programme for the day is below or simply download the PDF programme for Teaching Chinese in Scotland.

And please do please register for the day via our Eventbrite Booking link.

Friday 12 June, 50 George Square,EH8 9JY

0900-0945 Registration
0945-1000 Opening Remarks:
Prof Natascha Gentz & Fhiona Fisher
1000-1045 Plenary Session
We are Chinese Language Teachers!
Learning Chinese across the age spectrum
1045-1130 Workshop Session 1 – choice of 3
1130-1145 Tea/Coffee Break
1145-1230 Workshop Session 2 – choice of 3
1230-1315 Workshop Session 3 – choice of 3
1315-1400 Lunch
1400-1445 Workshop Session 4 – choice of 3
1445-1530 Workshop Session 5 – choice of 3
1530-1615 Plenary Session – Q&A with Panel
1615-1700 Farewell: Tea/Coffee & Networking

 WORKSHOPS Options: delegates can attend up to five

Workshop Options Speaker Working Language
1+2 Approach to Language learning Ms Judith McKerrecher English
Assessment is for learning in  your practice Ms Judith McKerrecher English
Classroom management Ms Judith McKerrecher English
Chinese exams in the UK Ms Suen Lik Chinese + English
Learning technology for the mandarin classroom Mr Billy Prior English + Chinese
SQA Assessments for chinese Ms Lin Fan Chinese + English
Teaching Chinese Grammar Dr Zhu Zhu Chinese + English
Teaching Listening + Speaking Ms Suen Lik Chinese + English
Teaching Reading and Writing Dr Song Lianyi Chinese + English
Teaching Tones + Pronunciation Ms Wu Yanmei Chinese + English


Ms LIN Fan, Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools

Lin Fan, a bilingual educator in English and Chinese languages, was an English teacher in China before moving to Scotland to take her MSc in Leadership and Management in Education. She has worked in education for more than 15 years in both China and Scotland. Currently Depute Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools based in Scotland’s National Centre for Languages (SCILT) at the University of Strathclyde Lin Fan works closely with government organisations in Scotland and China to promote and develop Chinese language and culture for schools in Scotland. Previously she worked at the Scottish Qualifications Authority leading the development of National Qualifications for Chinese for Scotland and for two years was Vice Principal of the Glasgow Chinese School. She also delivers training to PGDE Mandarin students at the University of Edinburgh.

Mrs Judith McKerrecher, Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools

As Professional Development Officer for the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools Judith supports the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in both primary and secondary schools. Additionally she also works with the Confucius Classroom Hubs across Scotland and develops and provides CLPL for teachers and Tianjin teachers.

Judith is currently on secondment from Craigmount High in Edinburgh where she holds the post of Curriculum Leader for Languages – a post previously held at Liberton High. In this role Judith’s work covered French, German, Spanish and Mandarin languages. She also served as Acting Head Teacher with the Edinburgh Community Chinese School on a voluntary basis over a two year period.

Mr Billy Prior, Dollar Academy

Billy teaches secondary Mandarin at Dollar Academy. After graduating from Oxford University with a double first in Chinese, he spent three years in Shanghai working on the project team of a growing bilingual school. He returned to gain a PGDE from Moray House, and has taught since then. His current interests are blended learning strategies and game-based learning.

Dr SONG Lianyi, SOAS, London


Song Lianyi is Principal Teaching Fellow in Chinese at SOAS, University of London, and has taught Chinese in the UK for over 20 years. He obtained his PhD in foreign language teaching at University of London. He was chairman of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) from 2002 to 2004. His research covers Chinese language pedagogy, language assessment, teaching material development, etc.

Ms SUEN Lik, SOAS, London

宣力, 毕业于北京语言大学对外汉语教学专业, 现任教于伦敦大学亚非学院中文系, 并兼任伦敦孔子学院英方执行院长。有多年在中国, 香港, 美国及英国从事汉语教学的经验。国家级普通话水平测试员, 英国某考试局中文科高级考官。曾参与欧洲范围内的汉语教学框架的研究。主要研究兴趣为汉语语音,汉语语法,方言研究及语言测试。

Suen Lik  graduated from Beijing Language (and Culture) University, majoring in TCAFL. She is now Principal Lecturer in Chinese at SOAS, University of London, and the Executive Director of ​ ​​the ​ London Confucius Institute, SOAS. She is  ​​an ​ examiner of PSC Chinese pronunciation test (China).  She has​ experience in teaching Chinese in China, Hong Kong, the US and the UK from beginner to Master’s degree level. Her research interests are Chinese syntax, Chinese phonology, Chinese dialects and language testing.

Miss WU Yanmei, Heriot Watt University


Wu Yanmei teaches Chinese at Heriot-Watt University. Prior to this, she taught Chinese at Manchester Metropolitan University. She specializes in teaching Mandarin tones/ pronunciation, as well as using films in language teaching. She holds an MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Sheffield), an MMus in Music Performance (SOAS), and an MA in Visual Anthropology (Goldsmiths), and is currently reading for a PHD in Heritage and Performance.

Dr ZHU Zhu, University of Edinburgh


Dr Zhu Zhu is Chinese Language Programme Director at the University of Edinburgh, overseeing Chinese language provision across the University. She directs the curriculum development of Chinese language courses at both UG and PG levels as well as the design and revision of Chinese language courses for the general public. Zhu has extensive experience in training Chinese language teachers as well as in teaching language classes at ab initio to advanced levels. She is also an active researcher in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and Translation Studies.


To secure your place at this one day event please register now via Eventbrite.
You can download, save or print  Teaching Chinese in Scotland ProgrammeBooklet here.

This event is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools.