Chinese—Just Another Modern Foreign Language? A talk by Gerda Wielander

In this talk Gerda Wielander, Head of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Westminster and Associate Professor in Chinese Studies, addressed the following questions. Can Chinese be integrated into a standard MFL programme? Is it reasonable to expect similar levels of attainment in European languages and Chinese after three or four years of study? What role can Chinese play in the Modern Languages sector, and what are the main challenges for the sector more widely over the next few years and what role can Chinese play in raising the profile of Languages more widely? The speaker drew on her work at the University of Westminster, her involvement with the British Association for Chinese Studies, and her previous role at University Council for Modern Languages to answer these questions. She also presented the curriculum structure at Westminster as one example of how the study of European and non-European languages can be successfully integrated.

The recording is available online: https://westminster.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?tid=f11ce0b5-e230-42b7-a133-92d2aed39ac2


Gerda Wielander is Associate Professor in Chinese Studies and Head of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Westminster, London. Her research focuses on the link between the spiritual and the political in contemporary China. She is the author of Christian Values in Communist China (Routledge 2013) as well as a number of journal articles (in The China Journal, The China Quarterly, and The Journal of Contemporary China) and book chapters on the subject of Chinese Christianity. She is currently researching the appearance of xinyang in Chinese political discourse as well as the development of a Chinese cultural psychology. She is co-editor of The Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies.

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