Becoming A Member

The British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) welcomes those who would like to work together to improve the national standard of Chinese language teaching in general and particularly in UK higher education institutions.

Types of membership

We offer three types of annual membership to Chinese teachers in the UK and Ireland: 

  1. Full members are colleagues who are teaching Chinese in higher education institutions in the UK.
  2. Associate members are:

  • postgraduate students who are interested in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and are conducting relevant research projects;
  • colleagues who teach Chinese in primary schools, secondary schools or other similar institutions;
  • self-employed teachers.


              3. Institutional members are the Confucius Institutes, from each of which a maximum of 8 staff members can join each year.

Duration and benefits

  • The period covered by annual membership is from 1 October to 30 September of each academic year. The membership needs to renew annually.
  • All members are entitled to free registration for annual conference and workshop.
  • Existing members who pay the membership fees before 31 March can attend conference/workshop of the year with financial support.
  • Existing memberships which fail to renewal (membership fee not paid) by 31 March will be discountinued.  
  • Full members will automatically become full members of the European Chinese Language Teaching Association.
  • All types of members can join our free mailing lists and the BCLTS Wechat Group.
  • Full member transfer: the CI (Confucius Institutes) Core Teachers can join associate members in the 1styear and then apply to be transferred to become full members after one academic year.
  • New full members’ benefits will take effect from the 2ndyear of being full members.

Current annual rates

  • Full membership (new): £35 (new and full members to renew after 31 March)
  • Associate membership (new and renewal): £35
  • Institutional membership: £250
  • Please note: as agreed at 2018 AGM and decided at the committee meeting, any discontinued full members, should they wish to renew their membership or re-join, their membership will be regarded as a new full member in terms of membership benefits in the 1st year. This means they will have to pay the £35 membership fee, and cannot enjoy all the financial benefits during the 1st year.

New joiners

If you are joining the BCLTS for the first time, please fill in the membership application form and send the form to before you make the payment online. The Committee will inform you of the decision via email within two weeks. New applications are open from October to March of the following year. Any application received outside this period will NOT be processed. 

Online payment

If you have inquiries about payments, please send email with the subject PAYMENT to .

For any other information, please send email with the subject INQUIRY to .

Membership renewal

Please pay your membership fee through bank transfer to the following account by 30th September:


Bank: Barclays

Account name: BCLTS

Sort-code: 20-63-28

Account no.: 60200522


IBAN GB77 BUKB 2063 2860 2005 22


Please use the following reference when making the payment and keep a record of your transaction confirmation.


·         Full members – please pay £20 quoting reference FM2023-SurnameGivenname (e.g. FM2023-ZhangSan)

·         Associate members- please pay £20 quoting reference: AM2023-SurnameGivenname (e.g. AM2023-ZhangSan)

·         Institutional members – please pay £250 quoting reference: IM2023-CI’s name (e.g. IM2023-Lancaster)


If your personal details have changed after registration (e.g. email address or employment situation), please send email with the subject PERSONAL DETAILS to, so that we can update our record.  Thank you very much.