First Academic Event for Confucius Institute in the UK--International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning in the English-Speaking Environment Kicks off at Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester [Time]    2010-11-01 09:27:27 
 


Manchester, October 8th to 9th, 2010—the first academic event for Confucius Institute in the UK—International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning in the English-Speaking Environment was successfully held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester. Nearly 60 people, including professors and teachers from Beijing Normal University, Zhongshan University, the University of Oxford, Durham University, the University of Manchester, various Confucius Institutes in the UK, as well as local Chinese teachers from primary and secondary schools and Chinese schools attended the meeting.

The symposium was hosted by Associate Professor Wang Jiankun, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester. Mr. Ni Jian, Chinese Consul-General to Manchester, and Ms. Jocelyn Wyburd, Head of the Language Centre at the University of Manchester all delivered speeches at the opening ceremony. Prof. Kersti Borjars, Director of the School of Languages and the Confucius Institute also presented a speech at the symposium.

Focusing on “Characteristics of teaching Chinese in an English-speaking Environment”, the symposium addressed the current requirements and potential changes needed in regards to teaching Chinese in the UK. . The experts held in-depth discussions on issues such as investigation and development of Chinese teaching material in the English-speaking environment, historical development and the prospects of Chinese education in the UK, development of local teaching resources for British primary and secondary schools, application of Chinese research findings in teaching practice, promoting Chinese education and culture with the help of local teachers. During a forum between the experts and local teachers, the two sides had intense discussions on the use of teaching materials, teachers training and teaching innovation.


The participants expressed that the symposium was topic-oriented and provided teachers with practical research results, which helped local Chinese teachers have a more macroscopic understanding of the prospect of Chinese education in the UK. Meanwhile, the conference also helped the Chinese scholars get an in-depth understanding of Chinese education in the UK, so as to provide them broader space for further research in this field.

Manchester is located in the northwest of England. The successful symposium will benefit Chinese education and teachers in this area and play a positive role in promoting Chinese teaching and studies in the UK.





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