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May 23rd 2019

60 seconds with Mrs T Chung, Head of Mandarin

What is your job title?  

I am Head of Mandarin here at Blackheath High School.

Tell us about yourself. What is your role? What does your job involve?

Teaching Mandarin from KS3 to KS5. I provide opportunities for students to appreciate a different aspect of Chinese culture and to gain an understanding of learning Mandarin Chinese.

How long have you worked here?  

Over 10 years.

Tell us about your career path

I started teaching Mandarin in New Zealand before coming to UK in 2005 and began my teaching career in Blackheath High School in 2007.

How does your previous experience benefit the school?

Having taught at different schools and across different countries, I am able to appreciate the diversity and learning experiences of pupils. This allows me to adapt and co-ordinate with good teaching strategies in helping students to excel.

What do you like most about your job? 

I like teaching a diversity of students who are happy and enjoy being at school. I also enjoy working with my colleagues who are very friendly.

What makes working here at Blackheath High School so rewarding and enjoyable?

Seeing my students learn a new language and be able to have a conversation with me in Chinese is very fulfilling. It is also very rewarding for the students.

What has been your biggest achievement at Blackheath High School? 

Organising a Chinese dance workshop as part of Chinese New Year activities.

What has been your biggest challenge at Blackheath High School? 

Encouraging my students to participate in the foreign language Spelling Bee competition among other GDST schools. They did really well!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy walking, swimming, and cycling.

Tell us something surprising about yourself

I was a ballroom dancer when I was a teenager.



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