As part of their Mandarin learning experience, we aim to give students a chance to interact with people from China, in life-like scenarios all in real-time. This session focusses on interactions within an office setting in the country and is intended for children to understand work environments there, especially for any future business interactions with Chinese people. It will help them gain an insight into the work etiquettes followed in an office in China and a few general Do’s and Don’ts while conducting business with them.
This session is based on a real-life assignment where students will be expected to work with an office in China to complete an assignment. The scenario is that Globe From Home is launching its services for students in China. Students will be part of the UK office and will go on a virtual "business trip" to meet and work with counterparts in the China office.
Students will be received warmly by a member of the China office and escorted into the office where they will be shown around the premises and introduced to the local team. This will be a good opportunity for visiting students to meet local team members and learn about the average day in an office in China.
In the next part of the session, the local team members will demonstrate best practises and etiquettes when working in China.
In the final part of the session students will be divided into two separate teams, and each will be assigned to a local member of staff from the China office. Each group will be put into a breakout room and have 20 minutes to discuss and design a marketing poster in Mandarin for the company's products. Students will have to collaborate on the marketing messages they would want to include on the poster, seek insights from their Chinese colleague. At the end of the session, both groups will present their final poster.
Role play and live interactions, particularly with native speakers, are known to have greater impact in learning a language than simply learning out of a book. This office interaction will certainly help cement a student’s classroom learnings of Mandarin and pave the way for more fluent conversations.