The Seventh National Chinese Language Conference Held in Los Angeles

[Source]    Chinanews [Time]    2014-05-19 12:44:15 
 

On the afternoon of May 8th local time, the seventh National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) was held in Los Angeles, USA, jointly organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the College Board in US and Asia Society. The theme of this conference is “Building Capacity, Coast to Coast”.


Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society (Second Left), David Coleman, President of the US College Board (First Right), and Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban (Second Right) participating in the NCLC opening ceremony

More than 1,200 representatives participated in NCLC, including officials from education departments of US state governments, principals of primary and secondary schools, university presidents, Chinese language education experts, and teachers. Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, David Coleman, President of the US College Board, and Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society were engaged in a Tripartite Symposium at the opening ceremony, sharing successful experience of the three organizations in promoting Chinese language projects.

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia was invited to address the opening ceremony in both Chinese and English, in which he shared with representatives his personal experience in Chinese learning. Kevin Rudd humorously started his speech in fluent Chinese, “there is a popular saying in China— we don’t fear Heaven nor Earth, but fear to listen to Kevin Rudd speaking Chinese”, which won a burst of laughter from the audience. He then introduced in such relaxing atmosphere his experience in learning classical Chinese and calligraphy.


Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, addressing the opening ceremony in both Chinese and English to share with representatives his personal experience in Chinese learning

At the opening ceremony, 25 students from the Confucius Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles performed a Chinese play. Their fluent Chinese and nearly professional performance well demonstrated the communication between Chinese and American culture, which deeply impressed the audience.

On that morning, the Confucius Institute Headquarters also held a series of activities, including US Confucius Classroom Meeting, the Meeting of Educational Inspectors, Exhibition of Chinese Teaching Resources, and so on. Representatives from over 300 Confucius Classrooms in US, Directors of 30 Confucius Institutes and educational inspectors from educational departments of 20 states participated in the Confucius Classroom Meeting, discussing the development plan of Confucius Classroom.


Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban delivering the keynote speech


Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban and David Coleman, President of the US College Board presenting plaques to representatives of five new Confucius Institutes and fifteen new Confucius Classrooms

Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban pointed out in her keynote speech that US Confucius Classrooms are characterized with three features: firstly, they develops well with growing influence; secondly, the education quality has been improving, which exerts a remarkable exemplary effect; thirdly, the innovative capability of education is becoming stronger, good practice and experience coming out one after another.

Since 2007 when the first Confucius Classroom was established in US, the total number of Confucius Classrooms has reached 366 in a period of seven years thanks to the joint efforts of Chinese and American sides. Now Confucius Classrooms provide Chinese teaching service to 2,000 public, private and charter schools, the courses covering all grades of K-12.

(Mao Jianjun, China News Service)

 
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