CIVU’s 2010 China Tour Draws to a Successful Conclusion
The “2010 China Tour for American Educators” was launched between June 28th and July 14th by the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University (CIVU). The event was sponsored by Hanban, organized by the CIVU and supported by China’s Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT).
A total of 13 delegates, consisting of high school headmasters, teaching staff and students from the US visited a number of Chinese middle schools, including ZJUT – the Chinese partnership school of the CIVU, Hangzhou Xuejin High School, Hangzhou No.2 Middle School, Chengtan Middle School in Xinchang city in Zhejiang province, and Jinling High School in Nanjing city. Educators of the two sides exchanged their ideas about curriculum design, teaching methodology, operation management and cultivation of students. Students from the two countries shared learning experiences.
Prof. Liao Fei from the ZJUT College of Foreign Languages presented a lecture entitled “Chinese Culture & Family Life”, explaining Chinese culture and giving delegates a feel for kaleidoscopic family life. Ma Lin and Xiao Sining, two instructors from Zhejiang Opera and Dance-Drama Theatre taught two American students Daniel and Remi some performance skills for playing the Chinese musical instruments erhu and sheng. In addition, US’s Wheeler High School and China’s Hangzhou Xuejun High School came to mutually expressing an intention to establish a sister-school relationship with the assistance of ZJUT and CIVU.
Delegates also visited Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and experienced the vigor and charm of almost 300 Confucius Institutes around the globe through a visit to the “China Exploratorium”. In addition to school visits and academic activities, delegates were also shown around major Chinese tourism spots, such as: the West Lake, Nanjing Presidential Palace, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall so as to experience the long history of China and the profound qualities of Chinese culture.
After the tour reached its conclusion, delegates all praised the tour highly.
Mr. Donald Gandy, President of the Wheeler High School mentioned in his letter to Prof. Liu Jiangang, leader of the delegation: “This was a life-changing experience, we have learned so much in 17 days”.
Mr. Fujimura, Executive Director of the South Band Community School said in his letter: “the memory of the China tour will be borne in my mind forever… it was far beyond my imagination, I will cherish it ”.
Mr. O’Hara, a teacher from the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy expressed a sentiment shared by all the delegates: “this has been an extraordinary trip and an experience of a lifetime.”
(contributed by Liu Jiangang, He Jun, CIVU)