Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Teaching Chinese
Start of programme: September intake only
Diploma: One calendar year (full-time) or two years (part-time Saturday daytime) Certificate: One year (part-time Saturday daytime)
Mode of Attendance: Mixed Full Time and Part Time
SOAS Language Centre is pleased to offer this professional development Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in teaching Chinese, which will contribute to the professionalisation of Chinese teaching in the UK and elsewhere.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Chinese
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Chinese (only offered in part-time) programme has been specifically designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for trained and qualified teachers of Chinese in the UK and elsewhere. It equips students with the knowledge and skills which will enable them to teach Chinese to a broad profile of Chinese learners in UK, European and worldwide educational contexts.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese (offered part-time and full-time) provides and equips students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to teach Chinese professionally and also enable students to fulfil supervisory and pedagogical roles such as course coordinator, teacher developer, course designer and materials developer. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills to deal with the teaching of Chinese in different contexts and through the integration of different varieties of Chinese language.
As a practical component, students will also become familiar with the content and design of instructional material and teaching/testing techniques, and will evaluate second language learners’ performance through the analysis of empirical data and adequate descriptive terminology. They will also be able to design appropriate lesson plans, and will have carried out a certain amount of practice in teaching Chinese.
Graduates will be qualified and well prepared for such professions as: teaching Chinese in higher education in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world; teaching Chinese at private institutions or companies; administrative or consultative roles at educational organizations; and editing roles in publishing houses specialised in language courseware.
Students who complete the Diploma in the first year can continue on to an MA in Chinese Language Teaching in the following year subject to MA programme approval.
The Diploma will comprise two thirds of the MA in Chinese Language Teaching.
Entry to the MA in Chinese Language Teaching will be decided by the MA Programme Convenor.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese consists of 4 core courses, which can be taken on a full time (1 year of study, 6 hours per week) or part time basis (2 years of study, 3 hours per week), equivalent to 3 course units carrying 135 CATS credits at postgraduate level.
The Postgraduate Certificate in teaching Chinese can only be taken on a part-time basis (1 year 3 hours every Saturday) Equivalent to 1.5 course units carrying 67.5 CATS credits at postgraduate level. After successful completion of the certificate students will be able to continue to another year of part-time study in order to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese.
All students on the programme must take the following courses:
- Language awareness, methods and practice in teaching Chinese (1 unit)
- Language learning (0.5 unit)
- Chinese applied linguistics: theory and practice (0.5 unit)
- Language teaching and professional development (1 unit)
Dates for 2013 - 2014: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
PG Diploma in Teaching Chinese (full-time) Daytime:
- Term 1: 23/9 - 13/12 2013
- Term 2: 06/01 - 28/03 2014
- Term 3: 22/04 - 11/07 2014
- No classes 5th May and 26th May 2014 - Bank Holidays
There will be no PG Certificate in Teaching Chinese (part-time) Saturdays
PG Diploma in Teaching Chinese (full-time): £6562.00 the course can be paid in three termly instalments of the following:
- Term 1: £2,187.50
- Term 2: £2,187.50
- Term 3: £2,187.50
PG Certificate in Teaching Chinese (part-time): £3281.00
We apply a 5% discount to those who pay the full course fee at the start of term.
Candidates must have a degree or equivalent (preferably in Chinese language or a related area). Candidates must pass a SOAS Language Centre test of Chinese language competency. Candidates must have a command of English equivalent to IELTS 7. This SOAS Admissions page gives more information about English language requirements.
Admission is by means of an interview after the receipt of application.
The closing date for applications: 31/07/2013
Candidates will be accepted on the programme subject to a satisfactory face-to-face interview with the programme convenor.
Arrangements can be made for telephone interviews.
How to Apply
Registration onto our PG Teaching Diploma programmes are by paper application, downloadable from this page.
The completed form and supporting documentation (two references, any relevant transcripts of previous study and proof of English Language level) should be sent to the Language Centre by post or email.
Note: we cannot accept payment in cash, nor telephoned credit/debit card payment.
If you need any further information please contact the Programme Convenor via firstname.lastname@example.org