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Are Chinese language skills necessary to work in China?

The Global News – Lily Wong

” Speaking Chinese may not have been a requirement a decade ago when any foreigner who did not look Chinese could secure a job as an English teacher. Nowadays, if expatriates look for jobs in the Chinese market, it is a “must” found in most job listings. Indeed, Chinese language requirements vary depending on the job. Some positions, such as English language teachers, or lawyers handling international cases, may not require Chinese language speaking capabilities. With some companies, it is possible to get around this language barrier.” (more)

Gestures help students learn new words in Mandarin: study

ECNS – Gu Liping

“Students’ comprehension of words in a foreign language improves if teachers pair each word with a gesture, even if the gesture is arbitrary and does not represent a word’s actual meaning, showed research released by the University of Illinois (UI) on Tuesday. The 30 participants in the study were all native speakers of American English or considered it to be their first language. While about one-third of the participants considered themselves bilingual, none had any experience with Mandarin or any other Chinese language.” (more)

Why I Used to Dread Learning Chinese Until I Went to College

Next Shark – Grace Wang

“My teacher was so supportive, and she not only taught me a great deal, she made the class equally fun and interesting. If I was ever struggling with a lesson or grammar structure, she would always be there to help me. I looked forward to every assignment, whether it be writing, speaking exercises, essays, etc. On days where class was more lax, she would show us videos about different cultural topics like food and historical landmarks. We listened to several Chinese songs, and even got to make food like mochi. ” (more)

Should business leaders be multilingual?

The CEO Magazine – Oliver Featherston

“In fact, the benefits of multilingualism are numerous. The cognitive benefits have been well-discussed – learning a new language can improve memory, perception and better academic performance. In business, it aids communication, but the real benefits of language go beyond this. After all, miscommunication can be solved by translators. Instead, it’s the surmounting of cultural barriers, which could otherwise lead to misunderstanding and different expectations, that is the real gain.” (more)

Chinese language teachers upskill students for the future

Education HQ – Staff Writer

“Hughes agrees that learning Mandarin is a challenge. “If you live in a Spanish-speaking community, you’re probably reasonably half-fluent in twelve months, it would probably take you the equivalent in Chinese [of] two to two-and-a-half years living in country to get to what we’d consider about a 70 per cent proficiency,” he says. Despite this, Hughes says becoming proficient in the language has big benefits for schoolchildren in the long-run.” (more)

Europe’s astronauts learning Mandarin for future China collaboration

The South China Morning Post – Laurie Chen

“The European Space Agency (ESA) director general Jan Werner discussed the move in an interview with the Chinese state news agency Xinhua in Bremen, Germany, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the International Aerospace Congress, the world’s biggest aerospace forum. Werner said the ESA was very keen to promote international cooperation in the field of aerospace, and that China was a willing collaboration partner.” (more)