To reflect on the definition of “modern languages” 10 years ago alongside that of today creates an interesting juxtaposition. Back then, Modern Language departments in UK schools mainly had European languages on offer; nowadays, schools compete to introduce Chinese to their students to enable them to connect with a wider world, a dynamic culture and also to boost their career opportunities.
There are many compelling reasons to learn Chinese. First of all, the language (its depiction and its sounds) is simply fascinating: just see its beautiful calligraphy, melodic phonetics, and poetic phrasing.
But there are also very practical reasons to study Chinese. China is expected to overtake the US to become the world’s largest consumer of goods this year; the country has the world’s largest total banking sector with a mind-boggling $67.32 trillion assets and deposit combined; China is also leading the way in green energy and infrastructure technologies. The world is looking to China for trends in culture, education and fashion! Last year, the UK welcomed more than 190,000 Chinese students, which is by far the largest overseas student cohort. China’s impact on our daily lives can no longer be ignored.
What can we do?
We give you the first tool to embrace the change and better prepare you for the future. Our company, ThinkChinese, is committed to providing quality Chinese education to schools and individuals in the Island. Since our establishment in 2016, we have been providing Chinese proficiency courses including YCT for primary school students, GCSE and HSK for secondary and adult students as well as BCT for business purposes.
All teachers at ThinkChinese are educated to postgraduate level, and hold teaching qualifications including TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages). To date, nearly 200 students taught by ThinkChinese have sat proficiency exams at different levels. We are proud to have achieved a 100% pass rate for the HSK Level 1 and YCT Level 1, overall A and A* for GCSE, and 10% of students have obtained full marks! We are passionate about our students’ learning experience as well as the learning outcome.
Where is your next adventure?
This September, we invite you to embark on a fascinating and rewarding linguistic journey with us to obtain a Chinese language global certificate in just 10 weeks! Our HSK Level 1 course is a fast-paced programme, during which you will learn about 150 vocabulary and 20 grammar. An assessment will be available shortly after the completion. The HSK is a series of courses which consists of 6 levels. Level 3 and above can be used for university and job applications in China. ThinkChinese also works with companies in China to provide internship opportunities for the HSK learners.
To join our HSK Level 1 Challenge course on Tuesday from 5:30-7:00pm. Please contact our office at 864873 or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Written by Briony Sun at ThinkChinese Limited