The 7th Training Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers in East Japan held
From August 24th to 28th, the 7th Training Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers in East Japan was held at the Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University. Sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by the Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University, this training workshop aims to enhance the quality of Chinese language teaching by local Chinese language teachers in Japan by helping them know more about the updates in the development of Chinese teaching theories, grasp the latest teaching methods and improve their understanding of Chinese culture. This workshop was attended by 81 trainees from 45 organizations including relevant universities and colleges, secondary schools, primary schools, private language schools and China-Japan friendly groups.
As scheduled, during this five-day workshop, Prof. Liu Yuanman, Deputy Dean of the International College for Chinese Language Studies of Peking University; Prof. Zhao Yanfeng from the International College for Chinese Language Studies of Peking University, former Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan; Mr. Aihara Shigeru, renowned Japanese expert on Chinese language education; and Mr. Li Yilun, Chinese teaching expert from NHK, were invited to give ten special lectures on a variety of topics including qualification of Chinese language teachers, compilation and use of teaching materials, and teaching methods and skills. They also offered detailed analyses of and comments on four cases from teaching practice at Confucius Institutes.
Mr. Aihara Shigeru delivering his lecture
Prof. Zhao Yanfeng delivering her lecture
A sharing session of teaching cases at Confucius Institutes
While addressing the opening ceremony, Mr. Saionji Kazuteru, Director of the Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University, pointed out that since language is a tool for communication, language teachers should not only know the rules of language learning, but also understand that the economic, social and cultural elements carried by the language are also vital to the improvement of Chinese language teaching.
With a history of more than 100 years in Chinese language education in Japan, a large group of local Chinese language teachers are working in this field. They face various issues in their teaching practice, however, there still lacks a public platform to help them overcome difficulties and realize their career development. Aiming at meeting such a demand, this training workshop organized by the Confucius Institute at Kogakuin University offers everyone a broad platform of mutual exchanges and common development, which receives extensive popularity among Chinese language teachers in East Japan.
First launched in 2009, the annual Training Workshop for Chinese Language Teachers in East Japan enrolls 80 trainees every year. To date, over 500 Chinese language teachers from relevant educational organizations in this region have participated in this workshop.