Confucius Institute at the University of Montana Hosts the 4th Chinese History and Culture Symposium for Montana Secondary School Teachers

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Montana [Time]    2011-02-12 10:28:59 
 


Bozeman, January 29th, 2011 -- A Chinese history and culture symposium for teachers and administrative education officials from 11 neighbouring school districts was hosted in Bozeman by the Confucius Institute at the University of Montana. It was the 4th occasion for the Confucius Institute at the University of Montana to host the Chinese history and culture symposium for teachers of Montana since 2011.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Montana has hosted teacher trainings courses for teachers from scores of school districts in various cities located in Montana since its opening. The training contents covered a broad variety of topics, including ancient Chinese history, modern Chinese history and a Chinese culture introduction. Additionally, the Confucius Institute put an emphasis on introducing each and every aspect of modern Chinese society, including China’s economic structure and development, its educational system, family, younger generations’ changes in values, in accordance with American teachers’ feedback and areas of interest in the hopes of providing them with practical aids. There was also a section specially designed to inform teachers of the resources and channels they can utilize in studying and knowing more about Chinese language, Chinese history, Chinese geography and Chinese culture. During the 6-hours of intensive training, the American teachers stayed focused on the lecture the whole time and there were no absences. Jeff Agamenoni, a teacher from Non-Region IV School, said excitingly at the end of a training session: ‘I will need to introduce China to my students next week, so this information and these resources are of great help to me!’


The Confucius Institute at the University of Montana has set up on-line Chinese credit valued courses for secondary schools across the state. Aside from the face-to-face courses in three secondary schools of Missoula, there are nearly 80 students from 25 schools that have chosen the Chinese courses set up by the Confucius Institute last September. Montana is sparsely populated and covers a large area. By holding the teachers’ symposium, the Confucius Institute, hopes to provide a chance for teachers to gain a greater understanding of Chinese history, Chinese culture as well as conditions in contemporary China; whilst on the other hand, it also hopes that teachers may gain an understanding of Chinese language program so that more students may learn Chinese and know about China through them.