Chinese Language Teachers' Workshop in Ireland

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University College Cork [Time]    2011-03-03 16:53:07 

The first Chinese Language Teachers' Workshop in Ireland was held in UCC on 26th Feb. 2011. The Irish Centre for Chinese Teachers’ Training was launched at the Workshop. The training centre is within UCC School of Asian Studies and it is the first institution of its kind in Ireland which is hoped to become a training centre for Chinese language teachers in Ireland. The Workshop also launched two curricula and books:

• Chinese Language Curriculum in Irish Higher Education

• Chinese Curriculum for Transition Year Students in Irish Secondary Schools

• Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture

• Business Chinese Language and Culture - Elementary Level

both are presented by the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies (UCC) and UCC Confucius Institute.

The workshop was co-organized by UCC School of Asian Studies and UCC Confucius Institute. The purpose of this Workshop was to

• review the current and future context for the teaching of Chinese in Ireland

• provide an overview of current provision and to share knowledge and experience about curriculums’ design, pedagogical practice, materials and assessment procedures

• establish a forum for teachers in Chinese language and culture education in Ireland

More than 30 delegates from UCD Applied Languages Center, UCD Confucius Institute, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Oriental Treasure, Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education, NUI Maynooth, the Post-Primary Languages Initiative, the Irish Chinese Contact Group, UCC Confucius Institute and UCC School of Asian Studies participated in the workshop and discussed curriculum, pedagogy, teaching materials, on-line resources and teaching methods.