On Thursday 25th June, a group of 15 students from Year 10 and 12 visited Nottingham University for a Chinese Studies Taster Day. The students had a beginner’s Mandarin class and talks on ‘China as a Global Economy’ and ‘The Law in China’ from Nottingham University lecturers, plus an interesting insight into daily life in China from Nottingham University students who had studied there for a year. The Brooke Weston students thoroughly enjoyed the day, especially the chance to learn a bit of a new language and try out Chinese writing for the first time!
One Year 10 student said that he had learnt that 'Mandarin is becoming wide-spread across the globe, people need to start becoming aware of opportunities available through learning such a rich yet tough language! The language itself invokes abundant historical references, that reflect upon the Chinese tradition and culture.'
A Year 12 student commented: 'I found the taster day very interesting, it gave an insight into a language and culture which is completely different to our own. From the event, Mandarin seems a fascinating language to study with many interesting features to it, such as its tonal system. Also, the lectures gave us an insight of what it would be like to go to university, which was useful.'