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School pupils to learn Mandarin Chinese

The new materials are aimed at teaching pupils’ phrases and important intercultural skills they can use in business situations, such as arranging meetings and conference calls.
Language Networks for Excellence, based at Wolverhampton Science Park, has developed the student activity books and teacher support materials. Pupils can work towards an Entry Level Certificate in Business Chinese (Speaking, Listening and Culture), awarded by the International Curriculum and Assessment Agency (Examinations) (ICAAE).
Henriette Harnisch, Director, Language Networks for Excellence, said: “With over 885 million speakers of Mandarin, many believe that it is becoming the essential language to learn. It is also useful in our expanding world economy, where business is reliant on people understanding each other’s language and culture.
“The resources have been specifically designed to support the ICAAE Entry Level qualification in Business Chinese and to prepare learners for working with people in China.”
The teaching packs will be available from April 2009. The qualification is QCA recognised.
For more information please contact Language Networks for Excellence on 01902 518909. For more information on the qualification please visit ICAAE

Further information

Language Networks for Excellence is part of Midlands Curriculum Centre for Languages at University of Wolverhampton
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