Colchester Chinese School has a strong teaching team. Although it is a nonprofit organisation with all the teachers being volunteers, and there is a constant shortage of professional Chinese teachers in surrounding areas, the school never compromises on the quality of teaching and the requirements for teachers.
All the teachers are Chinese expatriates who have lived in the UK for years. They all have received higher education, and most of them hold postgraduate degrees. They all have professional backgrounds, e.g., in economics, linguistics, and education. Some work in mainstream schools; some work in universities; two of them have extensive experience with young children; and four of them have been providing private Chinese tuition ranging from beginners to GCSE level.
Not only do the teachers have considerable and invaluable experience from the classroom, but also they benefit greatly from their abundant life experience by studying and living in a lot of different countries, e.g. USA, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore… While recognising the social and cultural needs of local Chinese learners, they take a global view of students’ future development on the more and more competitive international market. Most teachers themselves are parents whose children were/are studying Chinese in the school, and therefore have first-hand experience with the challenges in Chinese teaching and learning.
In the last decade, the teaching team has always been a close-knit group. It keeps growing: new teachers join in from time to time; old teachers would stay in the group after they left teaching, to share their experience and offer their help in organising extracurricular activities etc. Teachers in the Colchester Chinese School hold meetings regularly to exchange ideas and discuss possible improvements to teaching. They also receive professional training regularly from top institutions both in the UK and China. With the full support of the committee and the great help from volunteers and parents, the teaching team has gone from strength to strength since it was founded.
As we know, it is impossible to separate a language from the history and culture of its originating country. Many people became interested in learning Chinese as they were fascinated by China’s gourmet food, fine art, great literature, and so on. Colchester Chinese School has plentiful talents in those domains, and therefore students can learn how to read and write Chinese not only from the textbooks, but also through a variety of fun activities. Colchester Chinese School is proud of its achievements in bridging different cultures and communities.