The British Council is promoting the teaching and learning of the Chinese language and culture in Northern Ireland.
A report entitled ‘Languages for the Future’ published by the British Council, ranked Mandarin as a vital language to the UK over the next twenty years – citing that with the increasing influence China has on the world economy, we need to prepare our young people for life in a globalised, multicultural society. Knowledge of the Chinese language and culture among people in the UK will create a deeper mutual understanding between our communities and give young people the opportunity to open up their horizons for the future.
The British Council creates a number of international opportunities around China, including school partnerships, Chinese Language Assistants, language immersion courses for pupils, competitions and classroom materials.
Current opportunities in Northern Ireland include: