Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield opened workplace Chinese course, UK

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield [Time]    2015-06-04 17:18:20 

Recently, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield officially opened its first workplace Chinese course—workplace Chinese course for real estate agents. Six real estate agents from the branch offices of Blundells Estate and Letting Agents attended the training.

As an increasing number of Chinese go to study and work in the UK, people from all walks of life there feel it of pressing importance to master basic Chinese and Chinese culture so as to better communicate and cooperate with Chinese people and to provide better service for Chinese clients and students. In response to the demands in relevant industries, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield plans to give a series of lectures on practical workplace Chinese language and culture for different industries.

When designing the courses, the Institute takes into full consideration the practical needs of people in the workplace. Teachers of Hanban jointly developed the textbooks. They selected language points that are closely related to real estate industry from basic vocabulary and grammar and then composed texts accordingly. The new words are selected according to the actual use, the texts are designed to imitate real workplace situations, and a complete demand chain for workplace Chinese and Chinese culture— the process of seeing an apartment, choosing the apartment and signing a contract—is developed. Since it is the first time that the working people have got in touch with Chinese, plenty of colorful and sensible pictures are added in the exercises so as to make them more entertaining and to facilitate people’s association and memorization.

According to students’ feedback on the first course, the six students are satisfied with the tailor-made textbooks and teaching methods; they are full of expectation for the following courses and felt confident in their learning achievement. In the following courses, the Institute will further improve the teaching progress, content and methods according to students’ learning performance. In addition to mastering workplace Chinese, it is hoped that the students will master basic Chinese and Chinese culture so as to lay a solid foundation for their formal Chinese learning in the future.


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