CI-AUF Consummated the National Conference on Optimizing Teaching Chinese Resources

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation [Time]    2011-11-09 14:28:46 

Octber,26th to 28th, the first National Conference on Teaching Chinese Mandarin as a Foreign Language: Optimizing Teaching Chinese Resources was held at Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (CI-AUF), in cooperation with Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines. Both Jesus Mateo, the Assistant Secretary of DepEd and Chen Yongshan, the Cultural Counselor of Embassy of China to the Philippines delivered the congratulatory address at the opening ceremony. There came 248 participants from all over the Philippines, including principals, focal person of Chinese program and local Chinese teachers of 84 Philippine mainstream universities and high schools.

The exhibition of Chinese teaching resources was held at the same time, which aroused the great interests of the participants. The Assistant Secretary scanned through the Chinese textbooks in Philippine edition, tried the wonderful ‘Soundic’ and proposed to further the cooperation with Confucius Institute Headquarters on the localization of Chinese teaching resources.

During the three-day conference, CI-AUF displayed various Chinese textbooks and other teaching resources. The focal person of DepEd’s Special Program of Foreign Language (SPFL) as well as the well-known Linguistics expert gave the lectures. Textbook trainers made specific introductions on the highlighted textbooks: Contemporary Chinese and Happy Chinese and on how to make use of the resources of Confucius Institute Online. Moreover, the volunteer Chinese teacher of CI-AUF and the local public high school teachers trained at CI-AUF made demo teaching, respectively with Contemporary Chinese and Happy Chinese. In the following group work of making PPT as well as composing the summary, 286 participants’ working attitudes of being industrious and making best use of the time really touched and encouraged every Chinese teacher.

On the last day of the Conference, the participants made interesting presentations of the training result, especially those Filipino Chinese teachers who have rich teaching experience and special ideas about the language comparative studies. In the closing ceremony, all the participants were granted the certificate co-issued by DepEd and CI-AUF, and also given to precious textbooks and teaching materials from CI Headquarters.

In the week following the National Conference, letters of acknowledgement flied to CI-AUF from many mainstream schools, expressing the joy brought by Chinese textbooks in Philippine language, the yearn for Chinese classes set up in their schools, as well as the tremendous need of Chinese teaching resources. CI-AUF will strive to promote the Chinese teaching of Philippine mainstream community as usual.

The opening ceremony of this National Conference was fully covered by GMA7, the Philippine National TV station; several Philippine local TV stations and printed media reported the conference as it developed.