A Bilingual School Project inaugurated by the Confucius Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the State of Rio de Janeiro

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro [Time]    2013-11-22 10:00:47 
 

On 10 June 2013, at 9 AM local time, a grand signing ceremony was held in the residence of the Governor of Rio de Janeiro State to launch a bilingual school project in one of the State’s public middle schools, an initiative undertaken by the State Government of Rio de Janeiro and the State Education Department. About 100 people attended the ceremony, including the Governor of Rio de Janeiro State, Sérgio Cabral, the Vice Governor, Luiz Fernando de Souza Pezão, the State Secretary of Education, Wilson Risolia, the State Secretary of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services, Julio Bueno, the Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Rio, Chen Xiaoling, and the entire staff of the Confucius Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. The Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Qiao Jianzhen, the State Education Secretary, and the partner

This year in August, the first group of students from the partner middle school will start Chinese courses, conducted by teachers from the Confucius Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. The students involved in the project will be tourism majors. It will be the first such program teaching Chinese language and culture in Brazil. The curriculum is designed for two years of systematic professional training in Chinese language and culture, including various cultural events. It is aimed at providing qualified bilingual tourism service specialists for the upcoming two major world events to be held in Rio de Janeiro, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. New Chinese courses in a bilingual environment are bound to promote the Chinese culture in Brazil, make a contribution to the cultural exchange between Brazil and China, as well as provide a reserve of qualified personnel to meet the ever increasing needs of Chinese language specialists in Brazil. Moreover, the Confucius Institute is ready to introduce target courses to meet the requirements of the tourism school. It will also adjust the teaching strategies to the changing situation on the Chinese specialists market in Rio. In this way, Chinese language courses will hopefully be better correlated with the school’s professional curriculum, and will be able to meet the needs of people fluent in both Portuguese and Chinese in Rio de Janeiro, and even in Brazil as a whole.

The bilingual school project is aimed at training a group of bilingual professionals for the whole state of Rio de Janeiro. The signing ceremony means not only the entering for the first time of a systematic Chinese teaching program into the curriculum of a public middle school with a travel and tourism profile. It also means that with a great support from the Government and the Education Department of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and that the teaching of Chinese language and culture by the Confucius Institute in Rio will no longer be limited to courses for university students and adults, but will be extended to a more foundational and comprehensive level of the educational system. It represents the opening of a window for understanding China to the teenagers of Rio de Janeiro, and will certainly make more positive contributions to the dialogue between Brazil and China in the future.


(L to R: the Rio de Janeiro State Education Secretary, Wilson Risolia, the Governor of Rio de Janeiro State, Sérgio Cabral, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Qiao Jianzhen, the Director of the International Cooperation Office at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rosa Marina de Brito Meyer)


Consul General Chen Xiaoling together with the Confucius Institute’s teaching staff


(The Governor of Rio de Janeiro State, Sérgio Cabral, talks with the Consul General, Chen Xiaoling, from the Chinese Consulate in Rio, and Qiao Jianzhen, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

By Qiao Jianzhen and Luo Yuan

 
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