Please note that The Language Centre is not involved in this research recruitment or study. Any queries regarding this study shall be contacting with the researchers directly.

Calling volunteers

About this study

All you need is a laptop/computer with a camera and internet to participate and you can do the task anytime in the comfort of your home! You will participate in two testing sessions. The first session (30 min) will involve multiple choice questions and a speaking task in Mandarin Chinese. The second session (30 min) will involve a listening task and an eye-tracking task in Mandarin Chinese. We will send you a link to the second session one week after you have completed this first session.


To participate in the study, you must…

  • Understand basic Mandarin Chinese
  • Understand basic English
  • Live in a country where English is the main language of communication (e.g., USA, Canada, UK) 


You will be given $25 or £25 worth of Amazon gift voucher as a compensation for participating in this study. Compensation will be given to only those who have completed both test sessions. 


Please sign up at:

We will send you a link to the task via email. 

Contact info 

Please contact Maki Kubota ( for English inquiries and Li Muhan ( for Mandarin Chinese inquiries. 

International Video Competition

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“My China Story” International Short Video Competition aims to collect China stories from around the world, show the memorable experience of foreigners as they got to know about China, and share their unique perspectives about the country. This year, the competition features a new section “Video Treatment Contest”. Send us your creative video idea, you will have the chance to win a film grant! What are you waiting for? Join the contest now!

For more information, visit the competition website.

Free Language Courses

With languages, you can feel at home anywhere. Expand your horizons with one of 50 free language courses.

The Global Opportunities Team at Queen’s are supporting 50 students to take a Language Centre course for free in semester 2! Successful applicants for this initiative will also be invited to attend supplementary Cultural Awareness training and a Global Opportunities Information session.

Click below for information on how to apply:

This funding opportunity is applicable to all the languages on offer, including Mandarin Chinese. If you would like to sign up for a class (currently from Level 1 to Level 4), an early registration is recommended.

Lockdown Language Learning

The Language Centre is pleased to offer students, staff and members of the public the opportunity to avail of free, online and accessible language learning resources at beginners level in French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. These resources are intended to help as many people as possible to consider picking up a new language in a positive way to make use of our time during the lockdown fight against pandemic.

Each language learning resource consists of 5 lessons over a 5- or 10-week period. Each week/fortnight you will have 2 hours of pre-recorded language tuition in the form of a number of videos, accessible via these web-pages. There will also be a weekly/bi-weekly live follow-up ‘clinic’, facilitated by your tutor. In these clinics, the content from the pre-recorded tuition can be expanded upon, questions answered and further examples provided. There is no related assessment and you can sign up for as many languages as you wish. Dates for the weekly, live classes can be found on the individual web-pages for each language.

For full details and registration, click the button below.

Chinese Culture Quiz 2020

Here comes the Quiz time!

While you are joining in the celebration of the CNY2020 events, why not take a chance to challenge yourself a bit by answering the quiz?

You will be able to find the quiz sheets in red envelopes in the McClay Library and around campus. Answer the questions in the quiz before Monday 10th Feb and win your chance to be awarded a prize! Alternatively, you can download a copy below.

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Queen’s 2020

The CNY Celebrations at QUB falls on Mon 20/01/20, featuring a launch event, a Chinese Dragon Dance and interactive cultural displays.

About this event

The Launch Event is scheduled between 12:00 and 13:00 with refreshments at the end in the Auditorium, McClay Library, followed by a Chinese Dragon Dance and Procession beginning outside the Library, moving to the front of the Lanyon Building and finally the Main Site Tower where the interactive cultural displays and workshops, with music, will continue.

This event will also launch a series of presentations, providing opportunities to anyone that would like to gain insights into contemporary Chinese culture, as well as the experiences of Chinese people living and working in Belfast, through a series of interactive talks or panel discussions from a cohort of speakers, both academics and students, as part of the ‘Chinese Culture Forum 2020‘.

During this year’s celebrations, we will also be promoting a student-led Chinese Language Interest Group (Chinese-LIG), a learning community that aims to enhance a better understanding of Chinese culture through learning its language, with activities taking place throughout the academic year.