Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, CISS will be running a number of online events and training in lieu of our normal program of events.
Discovering China - an online course for pupils in our hubs
Discovering China is an innovative new project run by CISS. Online lessons are delivered by a GTCS teacher of Mandarin and live streamed into the classroom. Participating schools receive the support of a fully-trained, native speaking language assistant. Materials are available for pupils to explore and use to develop all four skills – reading, writing, listening and talking. This project gives learners in our Hubs the chance to be accredited by SQA for National 4 or National 5 Mandarin (simplified). The courses also encourage candidates to explore aspects of Chinese culture as well as providing a solid linguistic foundation for learning the world’s most spoken language.
Virtual Exchange Teacher project - an online course for pupils in our hubs
Our virtual teacher programme launched at the end of September 2020. The programme is run in conjunction with the eSgoil online learning organisation and in partnership with South West Jiao Tong University, Chengdu, China. The pilot programme consists of a 10 week upper Primary or Secondary BGE course. We have 10 Confucius Hubs taking part and amidst the technical glitches that inevitably come with a live online class(!) we’re delighted to see Scottish pupils able to connect with a native Mandarin speaking teacher on the other side of the world. The next level of the programme ran from March to June 2021, with over 45 schools across Scotland taking part. The project will run again in 2021/22 for an 8 week block of lessons. If your hub wants to get involved in the next session for 2021/22 please get in touch with us here at CISS.
Professional Learning for Chinese Exchange Teachers
With reduced numbers of Chinese Exchange Teachers working in Scotland over session 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CISS has taken the opportunity to pilot a new, professional learning programme, which allows the CETs to progress in their own professional learning journey, better understand the Scottish education system, and brush up on their expertise in pedagogy. The programme covers a different theme each month, based on the Standards for Chinese Exchange Teachers (modelled on the GTCS Standards for Provisional Registration) and includes a professional learning workshop or recording each month, followed by an online discussion session to discuss what they have learned that month and share ideas and examples of good practice. Topics discussed have included formative assessment, moderation, whole school ethos, issues of social justice, inclusion and ASN, promoting positive behaviour and digital learning. The CETs have enjoyed the increased interaction with both the CISS staff and with each other and the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and practice as teachers.
Chinese Bridge Masterclasses - a programme of video lessons developed with East China Normal University
This project was initially intended to run as a programme of live lessons with a virtual teacher. However, with the lockdown school closures following the Christmas break it was redesigned into a course of pre-recorded video lessons for pupils to access any time and anywhere. Designed for beginners, it aimed to enhance the pupils’ understanding of China, Chinese language and culture.
This free programme launched on Monday the 18th of January and ran for 10 weeks covering a wide variety of cultural topics, such as, cuisine, martial arts, folk dance and Chinese gardens. Eight schools across the country took part in the programme. Pupil work from this project will be featured in our Spring 2021 newsletter.
Chinese New Year 2021 events
With lockdown our Chinese New Year events were run online this year. CISS ran a competition for primary and secondary pupils to design our CNY card and a CNY social media post respectively. We recieved a lot of amazing designs. You can view the winners and runners up for primary and secondary on our website.
To help our Chinese Exchange Teachers feel festive when they were so far from home and unable to get together, CISS hosted a CNY Burns Night over Zoom on 5th February. The evening included Burns poems, bagpipes, a performance of the traditional Chinese instrument the Erhu and more. You can read CET LV Hongye's article on the event in the CISS Spring 2021 Newsletter.
To finish off the CNY celebrations CISS partnered with Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre for a CNY celebration on 26th February. The event included a variety of wonderful Chinese performers and was attended by over 300 people from around the world. Our CET QIU Shengnan performed her Erhu during the event and wrote about the night for the CISS Spring 2021 Newsletter.