The aim of the BCI’s Mandarin Aspirations Project is to encourage and celebrate the learning of Chinese by sharing the motivations (why study Chinese), study experiences (challenges and rewards) and study outcomes (employability, confidence and intercultural skills) of Chinese language learners.
This video shows some highlights from guest lectures and interviews covering these three themes. On this page you can find lots more blog posts and video clips to browse!
This project provides a platform for Chinese language learners, from beginners to old hands, to share their Mandarin learning journey through different media, such as short videos, profiles or stories.
We hope that these Mandarin Aspirations stories will encourage those of you already studying Chinese, and inspire new learners to join a growing and supportive community of Chinese language enthusiasts in the UK.
Andrew Methven, CEO of the British advisory firm Hampton Group, first picked up Chinese when backpacking around China. After a...
Professor Emma Cayley, Head of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS) at the University of Leeds, has always...
Whilst studying for a BTEC in journalism, Nathan Krout discovered a passion for Chinese language and culture that changed the...
“Gary Izunwa found that the fact he'd been to China "served as an interesting platform to build relationships with p… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…”
2 days ago
“What is Chinese traditional opera and what can it tell us about contemporary China?
Join BCI teacher Xunnan on 3 Au… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…”
3 days ago
“Did you miss our previous talk with Gary Izunwa about China, employability and widening participation?
Read our blo… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…”
4 days ago