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In with the lions: Teaching in a foreign classroom

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jul 2015
This article looks at the challenges experienced by those teaching in a foreign classroom. 

The trouble with stereotypes

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
Tita Beaven explores the fine line between making sense of reality and sweeping generalisations in this article.  

Learn Chinese: Words related to education and learning

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Learn Chinese: Words related to education and learning Copyrighted image Credit: Daniel Lundgren | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
Do you want to learn the pronunciation and characters of Mandarin Chinese words to do with education and learning? Try this activity. 

12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 

A brief introduction to the Chinese education system

A brief introduction to the Chinese education system Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
This article outlines the structure of the Chinese education system and the study hours expected at a Chinese school. 

Download our free 'Chinese Characters First Steps' app

Download our free 'Chinese Characters First Steps' app Copyrighted image Credit: Qian Kan
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2015
Why is an app an ideal way to learn a new language? Qian Kan, one of the team members behind the OU course Beginner's Chinese and the "Chinese...

European Day of Languages Quiz

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European Day of Languages Quiz
Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
Are there more sheep in Wales than humans? Test your language and culture knowledge to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September).

European Day of Languages Quiz

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European Day of Languages Quiz
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2012
Learn your 'ti' from your 'cha' with this quiz on different languages to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September)

Chinese at the tip of your tongue: How do you translate brand names?

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Chinese at the tip of your tongue: How do you translate brand names? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2012
Have you got a 'treasure horse'? Discover the interesting stories behind the Chinese translations of international car brands.

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Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 23 Apr 2015
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese,...