“Raising aspirations by enabling schools to build long-term sustainable Chinese courses that are accessible to all learners across Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties”
Welcome to the Swire Chinese Language Centre Oxford official website! We hope that this website will be a go-to resource for you in keeping up to date with developments in our participating schools and also for the fantastic teaching and learning materials our team have worked so very hard to put together.
It is a real honour and privilege for all of us to be able to share our experience and knowledge of Chinese language and culture and to inform young people and adults alike of the wonderful opportunities on offer.
We look forward to seeing you in the classroom!
Chris Webster, Centre Director
Oxford Centre Team
Chris moved to China upon graduation in 2008 to teach English as a Foreign Language. It was during his time there that he fell in love with Chinese language and culture, which eventually led him to acquire the esteemed HSK Level 6 qualification. He returned to the UK in 2014 to pursue a PGCE in Mandarin with French which led him to join us in 2017 as Centre Director after teaching at a secondary school in West London.
Chris is also involved in the wider community as Co-Chair of Governors at Sandhills Community Primary School and as organiser of a Chinese-Language Exchange group in Oxford.
Primary Sector Coordinator
Originally from the seaside city of Xiamen, in southern China, Kiky joined us upon completion of a PGCE Primary course in 2018. She has extensive prior experience teaching Mandarin to second language learners in Hong Kong.
Kiky is responsible for overseeing the sustainable introduction of Mandarin at our participating primary schools. She also teaches Mandarin in a number of schools to offer them the chance to observe how Mandarin might look like if it were introduced as a part of their curriculum.