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Virtual Exchange Teacher Project

Our virtual teacher programme connects school pupils across our hub network with a native speaking Mandarin teacher in China.

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 launched in March 2021.

Quotes from teachers and pupils who took part:

Springfield Primary School - P6

Alistair- I thought it was really enjoyable because we learnt about their country. Whenever we got something a little bit wrong, they always understood. It's been fun.

Miss Devonshire - The Mandarin teachers made the lessons engaging for the children by including fun games and videos. The use of materials and worksheets ensured all learning styles were included. The children's progress has been incredible.

Bridgend Primary School - P5/6/7

Emily - It is really good and it's great that we've had the experience of learning Mandarin.

Stephen - It has been fantastic learning Mandarin and we feel really glad that we've had this opportunity.

Sonny - It has been a great opportunity to learn a new language, especially as the VET's are in China and it has still been possible.

Mr McKechnie - I am amazed at the progress my class have made in such a short period of time. Their enthusiasm and effort has been incredible and I hope they remember the experience for a long time.

If your hub wants to get involved in the 2021/22 session please get in touch with us here at CISS.