UIC: In The Year Of The Dragon Mandarin Study Flies High
Released on: March 01, 2012, 10:25 am
Leading London language school UIC (United International
Languages) today stated that as the Chinese Year of the Dragon gets
underway it is already seeing the study of Mandarin flying high. There
are more students of Chinese at UIC than ever before and enquiries for
places on its courses are at an all-time high.
UIC today claimed that many indicators suggest that the number of students studying
Chinese will continue to grow. The cultural presence of China is ever more visible,
the influence of China on the global economy and the economic clout of the Yuan are
on the increase and there is a growing number of Chinese nationals living in, or
visiting, the UK. Over the past decade the college has seen an annual increase in
its Mandarin language students, and with the growing importance of the Chinese
economy and its increasing cultural presence this trend looks set to continue. UIC teaches its Modern Foreign Language courses, including Chinese, from its
centrally located London school, as well as offering teaching to be held in offices
and workplaces nationwide and in the homes of private students across the UK.
The Confederation of British Industry claims that Chinese is one of the most
sought-after languages by British businesses in general. The growing numbers of
corporate learning clients requesting UIC Chinese language courses to be held in
their offices is testament to this need. In particular UIC have seen a surge in
demand from businesses in the finance sector where money is increasingly talking in
The government in China has done much to promote the global uptake of its language.
By the end of the decade it aims to have established over a thousand Confucius
Institutes worldwide to help spread the learning of Mandarin.
Official figures from the Confucius Institutes Headquarters suggest that across the
globe the number of people learning Chinese is growing at a rate of nearly 2 million
people every year and that there are currently over 50 million learners.
Chinese is a notoriously difficult language to learn. It contains four tones, an
alien grammar, over 3500 characters and a profusion of homophones. This challenge,
however, does not seem to be dampening the enthusiasm of students at UIC where more
and more students are saying “Ciao” to more traditional language options like Italian and instead going on
a quest to try and tame the dragon that is the Chinese language.
About UIC: UIC (United International Languages) offers award-winning English
language courses and provides Modern Foreign Language courses for corporate and
private learners all over the UK. With UIC you can learn German as part of a small
group, study Chinese on your work premises alongside colleagues or learn Italian in Bristol, Manchester or anywhere you like in the UK.
Contact Details: UIC Languages
Language House, 76-78 Mortimer Street
Tel. +44 (0) 020 7079 3333