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Fang Xiao

Mrs Fang Xiao

Mandarin Tutor - Confucius Institute

School of Modern Languages


I am a qualified Mandarin Teacher and Teacher Trainer with 13 years’ teaching experience at both secondary and primary schools in the UK. I was also teaching Mandarin to adults’ learners for two years in London. I am currently working as a tutor in Mandarin at Cardiff University Confucius Institute as well as teach Chinese at a top private school in Cardiff.

I was a PGCE School Subject Mentor and have been working as a Chinese examiner for Edexcel, Cambridge Assessment and IBO over the last eight years.

In 2014 I was awarded The greatest contribution of promoting Chinese language and culture by the Lord Mayor of Bristol.


I hold a BA in Chinese Language and Literature (Nanning, China), a MA in TESOL (Warwick), a PGcert in teaching Chinese as a second language (SOAS) and a PGCE in Languages (Goldsmiths) with UK QTS.

In addition, I am currently studying a MRes in Social Research at UCL IOE and my research interests are: language teacher training and professional development; migrant teachers and teaching/learning Chinese as a second language.

I have led many CPD workshops and training programmes including:

  • Wales Cross-CIs Mandarin teacher training (2021, 2022 and 2023)
  • CLEC UK annual teacher training conference (2021)
  • Wales Chinas Schools Forum (Cardiff, 2021)
  • ACAMIS conference (Shanghai, 2019)
  • UCL IOE Annual Chinese Language Teaching Conference (London, 2016 and 2017)
  • European Chinese Language Teaching Conference (Oxford, 2017)
  • American CLTA Conference (Indiana, 2014)
  • CERA conference (London, 2014)
  • Associate of Chinese Teaching Conference (Taipei, 2014)