AMBER CLARKSON | SIXTH FORM STUDENT
I chose this subject as it is a unique subject and not many sixth forms and colleges do it. I did Chinese at GCSE and loved learning about the Chinese language and its culture. I chose to continue Mandarin at A-level as it creates a lot of opportunities for the future and employers are increasingly seeing it as a valuable asset. Also, it has helped me understand another country’s cultures as it is so different to our Western culture. I liked seeing my understanding and ability to write characters improve and being able to write more complex sentences.
WHY CHOOSE A-LEVEL MANDARIN?
Discover Chinese culture
China’s vast history and culture is incredibly well-known, with its impact being seen by its appreciation globally. A Chinese language ability will allow you to delve deeper into China’s cultural riches, by being able to explore renowned Chinese novels, short stories, poetry, film, TV and music.
Enter the Chinese business world
Over the last 35 years, China has transformed itself to become arguably the largest global economy, with China’s boom and its status as a rising global superpower allowing Western Mandarin-speaking businessmen to thrive off the nation’s riches.
Work in China
Through opening itself up to the world, China has welcomed foreign investment and economic cooperation. As such, there is a massive demand for people who are able to bridge the gap between this new China and the greater world.
Boost your CV
Through learning Chinese, you can transform yourself into somebody invaluable to the success of a project in China and demonstrate great intellectual capacity, making yourself stand out from the crowd.
Exercise your brain!
Studies suggest that learning Chinese uses more parts of the brain than are required for other languages. As there are numerous differences between learning Chinese when compared with the English language, including tones and characters, it is believed that learning Chinese takes more brain power! Whereas English speakers only use the left temporal lobe, speakers of Mandarin use both. Furthermore, learning to write characters can help with motor skills and visual recognition will keep the mind sharp.
WHY STUDY A-LEVEL MANDARIN AT CWLC?
This course suits students who love Chinese cultural and challenging
- All teachers are native speakers
- Small groups to facilitate learning
- Weekly one-to-one oral practice session with Mandrin teaching assistant
- Engaging topics covering all aspects of Mandarin study
- Appreciation of Chinese film and literature
- Interactive online resources
- Potential opportunity to travel to China
WHAT COULD YOU DO NEXT?
Many of our students go on to study either a Mandarin degree or they chose to study Mandarin in combination with another language or another subject. Many G5 universities offer exchange programme to China, such as Kings College London and the University of Central London.
Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form,
Phone: 01905 423906