M.A. in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture

Programme Overview

This course is designed to meet the growing demand for teaching Chinese language and culture in Irish post primary schools. For teachers who have already mastered the pedagogy in Irish schools but do not have sufficient knowledge of Chinese language and culture, this course will provide them with the opportunity to develop and enhance their competence in teaching Chinese language and culture in schools. (e.g. Junior Cycle Short Course in Chinese Language and Culture and/or Transition Year Chinese Culture and Language Studies). 

Please note: Qualification requirements for teaching Leaving Certificate Mandarin Chinese will be determined by the Teaching Council of Ireland. Please see http://www.teachingcouncil.ie for more information.

Duration

One-year full-time or two-year part-time (Level 9, 90 ECT credits).

Qualification Awarded

For the students who have successfully completed the programme, an award GPA is calculated and a MA in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture is awarded.

Awarding Institution/Body

Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD in conjunction with UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.

Entry requirements

  • a nationally recognised teaching qualification as set out by the Irish Teaching Council AND a qualification, such as the UCD (Level 8) Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture, AND Chinese language proficiency at upper intermediate level.

or

  • a 2H1 honours degree at Level 8 (or equivalent) in Chinese Studies or other relevant subject area AND Chinese language proficiency at upper intermediate level.

Fees

  • EU Full Time Fee €7,315
  • EU Part Time Fee €4,390

Scholarships

Students can apply for the scholarship provided by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) which will partially cover their tuition fees.

Curriculum

This is a new Masters pathway programme with three exits:

Upon completing 40 credits students will be awarded 'Graduate Certificate in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture' (Level 9).

Upon completing 70 students will be awarded 'Graduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture' (Level 9).

Upon completing 90 credits, students will be awarded 'MA in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture' (Level 9).

Course Details

Year One (Part-time)

Code

Title

Credit

CHN40080

Teaching Chinese Language and Culture 3

10

CHN40090

Teaching Chinese Language and Culture 4

10

CHN40100

Chinese Teaching Methodology 2

10

CHN40110

Teacher's Training in China

10

  

Year Two (Part-time)

Code

Title

Credit

CHN40060

Teaching Chinese Language and Culture 5

10

CHN40010

Teaching Chinese Language and Culture 6

10

CHN40120

Chinese Teaching Methodology 3

10

CHN40130

Project on Teaching Chinese

20

 

Contact

Programme coordinator:

Dr Lan Li, lan.li@ucd.ie

Dr Caitríona Osborne, caitriona.osborne@ucd.ie

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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This programme will introduce you to the knowledge and competences required to successfully deliver a Chinese language and culture course in schools. You will possess a competent level of standard for spoken and written Chinese language and upon completing the course you should approach the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) level 5.

You will also be able to demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and culture, as well as apply your knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and culture in your future teaching practice.

The teaching and learning strategies will be multi-tooled. E-learning tools will be used and options are available for distance learning. Class size is small and seminars, tutorials, workshops and guest speeches are organised.

You will spend two weeks at one of the leading universities in China to study Chinese language and culture in the summer term of first year.

Yes. You may pay fees all at once or by dates below. For most students, the first instalment will be one third of the amount owed.

If you are on a two semester programme, your first instalment will be 1/3 of your total fee for the year with the remaining balance due in the second instalment.

If you are on three semester programme, your fees will be payable in three instalments with each instalment 1/3 of your total fee for the year (and the total balance payable by the end of the year).

The classes for learning language are set in evenings of work days and workshops, seminars, guest speeches and exams on weekend days. In the summer term, studies are mainly project based and students spend most time of the semester carrying out self-studies for a project.