Why Chinese?

Exposure to Chinese language and culture is an incredible, lifelong gift. Learning Chinese, even for a short period, cultivates empathy and enthusiasm for other cultures, and opens doors to a myriad of career and extra-curricular opportunities. The number of UK schools offering Chinese is growing every year, and learners are often surprised at how easy Chinese is. Being a non-native speaker of Chinese is an accomplishment which sets students apart from their peers.

Why Chinese?

Exposure to Chinese language and culture is an incredible, lifelong gift. Learning Chinese, even for a short period, cultivates empathy and enthusiasm for other cultures, and opens doors to a myriad of career and extra-curricular opportunities. The number of UK schools offering Chinese is growing, and learners are often surprised at how easy Chinese is.

Services at Primary Level and KS3

Teaching on Curriculum

We provide engaging and experienced Chinese teachers to a wide range of school settings. We know that being a teacher is not limited to the classroom: our teachers integrate into the school community and take responsibility for reporting and excellent communication. All our primary and preparatory school students follow our Primary School Chinese curriculum, which gives a rigorous foundation in Chinese.

Chinese Dragons Club

New for 2018, our Chinese Dragons Club provides children with an essential exposure to Chinese culture through engaging activities and the use of Mandarin Chinese language. Aimed at years 4-8, students learn about China through fun activities, and receive Chinese presents! No previous language experience is required. Activities include T’ai Chi, brush calligraphy, Chinese storytelling, musical instruments, kung fu, kite flying, paper cutting, and Chinese knots.

Chinese activity week

We run Chinese language and culture camps every year during February half-term to celebrate Chinese New Year and introduce students to Chinese culture. Classes run every morning and last a week. Activities include Chinese crafts, music, and games, and are suitable for all students of primary school age. As with everything we do, our approach is fun and interactive, designed to spread our passion for Chinese language and culture.

Download our Primary brochure for full details and FAQ

Services at Secondary Level

Teaching on Curriculum

With our help, your school can introduce Chinese with full confidence, and grow the program at your own pace. From teaching weekly after-school clubs to establishing a full Chinese department at your school, our role is to provide you excellent Chinese teachers and resources according to your needs. Dragons schools have had excellent success at GCSE. Our teachers follow our Secondary School Chinese curriculum which takes beginners through to the new GCSE specification.

GCSE Study Groups

Our GCSE Study Groups have been set up to meet growing demand for Chinese lessons from secondary school students who are unable to study Chinese as part of their school curriculum. The study centres offer small-group teaching, which enables students to form long-lasting relationships with their teacher and classmates. The teacher of the group will remain with the same students throughout the course, and accompany the group on their study trip to Beijing.

School Trips to China

The best way for students to fully appreciate the relevance and value of their Chinese abilities is, of course, by visiting China. We run China trips every March/April. All students learning Chinese will be able to visit China – Beijing or Shanghai – usually in the second year of GCSE. Not only does a trip to China give students the opportunity to practise their language, but it will also widen their experience of foreign cultures, traditions and history.

Download our Secondary brochure for full details and FAQ

What schools are saying

I really have enjoyed working with you and Dragons and have appreciated your thoroughly professional approach. The teachers you have sent us and the service you have provided have been top notch!

Phillippa Millward  Head of MFL, Queen’s College

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