Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II holds the first session of the Chinese Language Teaching Seminar for Local Chinese Teachers
On May 8th local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II in Cameroon held the first session of the Chinese Language Teaching Seminar for Local Chinese Teachers. CI Deputy Director Xu Yongliang presided over the event, and altogether over 60 people attended it, including Jeanne Berthe, National Inspector of Chinese language teaching of the Cameroonian Ministry of Secondary Education, Yu Guoyang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute and some local Chinese language teachers.
CI Chinese Director Yu Guoyang addressing the seminar
Yu Guoyang mentioned the theme and significance of the seminar in his speech. He said that to date more than 80 public secondary schools in the ten regions, with 100-plus local Chinese language teachers, have offered Chinese language courses to over 5,500 students. Due to the growing popularity of Chinese in Cameroon, there has come the emergence of a great many issues concerning various aspects: the teaching level, the teachers’ professional competence, Chinese textbooks and more. He hoped that regular seminars would help improve local teachers’ Chinese language proficiency and teaching capacities.
Yu proposed that Chinese teachers at the Confucius Institute should be paired with local teachers in order to help them, that the Confucius Institute should cooperate with the Cameroonian Ministry of Secondary Education to provide training programs for local teachers on a regular basis, and that the Cameroonian Ministry of Secondary Education should send delegations to China for further training. Also, he elaborated on the popular “flipped classroom” model, encouraging the teachers to properly apply advanced teaching philosophies to Chinese language teaching.
Jeanne Berthe, National Inspector of Chinese language teaching of the Cameroonian Ministry of Secondary Education, giving a keynote speech
Jeanne Berthe gave a keynote speech at the seminar about the policies on Chinese language teaching at secondary schools in Cameroon and about the current situation of and the future plans for Chinese language teaching in the country. She pointed out that the Ministry of Secondary Education had already incorporated Chinese language teaching into the national education system and efforts had been made to popularize Chinese at public secondary schools nationwide. Since the year of 2014 in Cameroon, Chinese has become one of the subjects tested in the junior high school graduation examination, and Chinese language courses have been offered at senior high schools. In a few years, Cameroon’s public universities would set up undergraduate Chinese programs and undergraduate Chinese language teaching programs to meet the demand for local Chinese language teachers at primary and secondary schools.
Jeanne Berthe also mentioned that the Ministry of Secondary Education has been considering establishing a complete training system for local teachers in Cameroon, and that the Ministry hopes to cooperate with the Confucius Institute in training teachers and developing teaching materials. She encouraged local teachers to pursue further study in China to improve their language proficiency and teaching skills by passing the HSK test and applying for scholarships.
A local Chinese language teacher in his demo class
CI Chinese teacher Zou Zhenzhen teaching in her demo class
Then several teachers, including Chinese teachers from the Confucius Institute Chen Lianxiang and Zou Zhenzhen and local teachers Mvuh Zouliatou (Zhou Litong in Chinese) and Alex Abe Ebene (Li Gang in Chinese), demonstrated to the attendees how they teach Chinese in class. They exchanged views on Chinese language teaching and had heated discussions. Local Chinese language teachers talked about the difficulties and problems they had encountered when teaching their students.
CI Chinese teacher Chen Lianxiang teaching in her demo class
Local Chinese language teachers interacting with the audiences
Li Jia, a teacher of the Confucius Institute, introduced to the local teachers the HSK test, scholarship application, “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions and other cultural activities held by the Confucius Institute.
A local Chinese language teacher posing questions at the seminar
All the attendees of the seminar
After the seminar, local Chinese language teachers said that the event was a real rewarding experience for them. They felt grateful to the teachers of the Confucius Institute for their sharing of teaching experience and knowledge.
Story/Photos by Shen Suochao