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British Council opens English centre in China

The British Council has started teaching an initial cohort of learners at its first English centre in China. The school, located in Nanjing, enables further development of ties between Jiangsu province and the UK, according to directors.

British Council China -new teaching centre in NanjingPhoto: The British Council

The launch of its teaching centre creates a formal base in Jiangsu province

“The launch of an English centre in Nanjing marks not only the beginning of a new chapter in the British Council’s long history of engagement with Jiangsu province, but also a new milestone in the bilateral relationship between the UK and China,” said Carma Elliot CMG OBE, the British Council’s country director in China.

“Our analysis of the market indicated that there is great market demand and potential particularly in Nanjing”

The British Council operates in China as the cultural and education section of the British Embassy and consulates-general in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan.

The launch of its teaching centre creates a formal base in Jiangsu province.

Lessons at the school include the British Council’s flexible myClass program and a series of social activities are available for adult learners.

The British Council has also set up to IELTS test centres in Nanjing and opened the first Aptis’ English-language competency test operation centre in the region of Jiangsu.

The Council is the co-owner of IELTS working in partnership with NEEA in mainland China.

“Our analysis of the market indicated that there is great market demand and potential, particularly in Nanjing,” Kiran Patel, Director of Strategic Communications and Corporate Relations for the British Council told The PIE News.

“Jiangsu is also regarded as a leading Chinese province in the development of education and English teaching standards nationally which is aligned very closely to our work in this space,” he added.

The British Council provides resources through its websites and mobile apps and also MOOCs, the popularity of which has been climbing as The PIE News reported last year.

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