Language & Culture

The primary objective of ACEF is to encourage the learning of Mandarin in UK schools and English in Chinese schools.

The English & Chinese Languages

It is through spoken and written language that better communication and understanding is achieved. 

The improvement of language skills is of great importance. English is the most widely spoken and written language in the world. It is the language of world trade and communications.    English has  developed over the course of more than 1,400 years and  is the official language in 60 sovereign states. It nevertheless follows Mandarin as the most common language spoken worldwide. Approximately 1.2 billion people, around 16% of the world's population, speak some form of Chinese as their first language, of which the most spoken is Mandarin, by about 960 million people.  The emergence of China as a major industrial and international power makes it ever more important that British students learn to understand and speak the Chinese language and moreover understand and appreciate Chinese culture. . Likewise Chinese schools encourage the learning of English as a second language and English speaking teachers are well sort after.  

These two languages are so important it makes common sense that students in both countries learn both languages. 

School Systems 

The school systems are different but there are aspects of both systems which each can learn from Chinese methods of teaching mathematics is an obvious area .

Press reports indicate that  8,000 primary schools in the UK aided by USD 54.3 million funding will adopt the Chinese method of teaching maths for their students. The move comes after international tests showed that Shanghai students ranked on top for maths in the Program for International Student Assessment in 2012, and 15-year-olds in China are three years ahead of their English counterparts in their ability to solve maths problems.    Since then, Britain, whose students ranked 26th that year, has welcomed over 120 teachers from Shanghai to share the secrets of their success in the project, which the British media have dubbed "Shanghai Maths".

There are 500 boarding schools in the UK and 100,000 in rural mainland China alone. Not only are the numbers hugely different but so are the facilities and teaching methods. The British system is greatly respected by Chinese educators and there is opportunity to assist in China and also introduce aspects of the British boarding school system.


British literature, music, cinema, art, theatre, comedy, media, television, philosophy, architecture and education are important aspects of British culture. Sport is also an important part of British culture; numerous sports originated in the country, including football. The UK has been described as a "cultural superpower" and London has been described as a world cultural capital. 


In the area of sport China’s President Xi Jinping has made clear his love of  football. . Explaining his personal ambitions for China he listed three, all football-related: to qualify for the World Cup, to host the event and, finally, one day to win it.

A high-level Chinese government working group has been set up to tackle the issue. Officials have declared football a compulsory part of the national curriculum. About 20,000 football-themed schools are being opened with the goal of producing more than 100,000 players. Study-abroad programmes have been rolled out, as well as initiatives to lure 35 international stars to China . The British skills and love of football offer opportunity for furthering relationships both with students, teachers and professional players

Exchange Programs

ACEF supports tours and cultural exchange programmes in the UK and China. Through these programmes, information, advice and networking opportunities are provided with the aim of promoting mutual learning and creating opportunities for further exchange and co-operation in daily life and more specifically in business and creative activities between the UK and China.  

ACEF promotes cultural learning and organises cultural events with the aim of highlighting British and Chinese modern cultural creativity.  ACEF China Day has become hugely successful in schools, and the Foundation is expanding the scope of promoting Chinese language and culture to other sectors and industries. In addition, ACEF organises talks from renowned entrepreneurs, artists, academics and politicians to schools and beyond. 

Overall, the foundation serves as a gateway for students, teachers and others to share, learn and develop outside of their country of origin.