Confucius Institute at George Mason University, U.S., to Participate in a Chinese Language Teaching Program for a Virginia State Public Experimental Primary School
Dr. Joy Hughes, Vice President of George Mason University, talking with Senator George Barker
On November 16th, a group of three, including George Barker, senator of Virginia State, paid a visit to the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. Their visit was for the purpose of discussing with the directors of the Confucius Institute the development of a Chinese language teaching program in cooperation with the newly-built local public experimental primary schools. The Chinese language teaching of the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will be officially integrated into the teaching systems of local public primary and secondary foreign language classrooms.
Before the program was put up for discussion, Dr. Alan Merten, President of George Mason University, met members of the delegation. Senator Barker has been devoted f to the internationalization of basic education in Virginia State and has helped the implementation of a bill for public experimental primary and secondary schools in Virginia State. During the preparations for setting up the program for the experimental primary school, Chinese language was first chosen as a key language for the school’s foreign languages program and the Confucius Institute at George Mason University, rich in teaching experience, was selected as its primary partner. Senator Barker explained that the region of northern Virginia is adjacent to the capital, Washington, D.C., and is an area where parents place great value in children’s education. The basic education in this region should take the road of internationalization and diversification to meet the requirements of global development. As China is drawing much attention globally, the importance of Chinese language is self evident. The senator expressed the need to offer students a chance to learn Chinese language so that they will be able to know about modern China and learn about Chinese culture in every facet and that they believe the Confucius Institute at George Mason University to be the place for a favorable platform to be set up for students. Dr. Merten, President of George Mason University, responded to Senator Barker’s speech with compliments.
The delegation, including Senator George Barker, having their picture taken
Dr. Joy Hughes, Vice President of George Mason University, introduced the variety of activities led by the Confucius Institute at George Mason University in more than 200 local primary and secondary schools, in promotion of Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture, since its establishment over a year ago. During this period, the Confucius Institute has made remarkable achievements and accumulated precious experiences.
Senator Barker praised the contributions made by the Confucius Institute at George Mason University highly. He hopes that continual cooperation will be carried out in comprehensive promotion of driving Chinese language teaching work and local basic education.
Afterwards, lively discussion and in depth communication regarding the program’s implementation, significance, feasibility, as well as schooling plans, teacher training and teaching resources, were carried out between the two parties. In regards to Chinese language teaching in the experimental primary school, Senator Barker was especially interested in Chinese language teaching methods aimed at teaching younger students through the use of music.
Contributed by the Confucius Institute at George Mason University