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Chinese - More to Mandarin

Online may be the way ahead to assess pupils' learning in Mandarin, says Christine Pollock, executive director of learning and leisure at North Lanarkshire Council.

She believes the authority is doing pioneering work in this area, thanks to a new assessment tool developed by the learning centre at Bellshill Academy. Technical staff, working with North Lanarkshire's first Chinese language assistant, have developed the resource. Learners can check, monitor and record their progress in Mandarin.

The launch of the latest Confucius Hub at Our Lady's High in Cumbernauld, the sixth of eight planned across Scotland, will help boost the online tool and other initiatives on Chinese language and culture. Pupils are working on Access 3 Mandarin with the school's Chinese language assistant. In S2, pupils are working on a "rich task" on China involving home economics, social subjects, PE, art, maths and business education.

In June, an exhibition of calligraphy, mask-making, kite-making and printmaking will be held at Motherwell Heritage Centre.

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