CISS Today

Chinese language and culture in Scottish schools

Over the past few months Radio Lingua Schools has been working closely with colleagues at   CISS, the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools, and   SCILT, Scotland's Centre for Languages, creating a video documentary about the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in schools across Scotland. This video is part of the ten year anniversary celebrations of the Confucius Institute which promotes Chinese language and culture throughout the world. CISS supports a network of schools across Scotland where Mandarin language and Chinese culture are being embedded in different areas of the curriculum.

The video is presented by S6 students Amy Bargh from Queen Margaret Academy, South Ayrshire, and Kate Rankin from Strathaven Academy, South Lanarkshire, with contributions from Sam Donegan and Lauren Stephenson (St. Thomas of Aquin's High School (City of Edinburgh Council) and Katie WIlson (University of Glasgow). Watch the video below.

CISS Today was produced and directed by Radio Lingua Schools director Mark Pentleton. Speaking of their experience working on the project, Mandy Reeman-Clark and Fan Lin from SCILT and CISS said, "it has been a unique experience working with Mark on the making of the CISS Today documentary. Not only were we able to get out into our own hubs to view the work of the pupils and teachers around Confucius Classrooms in Scotland, but it also gave us the opportunity to observe and experience all sorts of new aspects involved in filming unrelated to our own roles, such as anchor skills, presentation, studio work, editing and scripting, not to mention sound and lighting! Working with Radio Lingua Schools has been a real pleasure and we are delighted with the finished result, as are our Chinese colleagues. Thanks to all those who took part but especially to Mark, without whom this would not have been possible."

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