2016 Annual Conference of French Confucius Institutes held in Clermont-Ferrand, France

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Clermont-Ferrand [Time]    2016-06-28 18:02:06 

On June 9th, local time, the 2016 Joint Conference of French Confucius Institutes kicked off in Clermont-Ferrand, France. With “Confucius Institutes under changes of administrative regions of France: Adapting to local needs for further development” as its theme, this conference attracted approximately thirty Chinese and local directors and heads of fifteen Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in France as well as delegates from China’s Hanban to participate.

In January 2016, France carried out the reform of administrative regions, merging former 22 regions into 13 ones. At the conference, the attendees conducted heated discussion on how Confucius Institutes should develop and what opportunities and challenges facing Confucius Institutes under the new situation.

Ms. Isabelle Pillet delivering a keynote speech

Ms. Isabelle Pillet, Inspector of Chinese language teaching in Western France, delivered a speech entitled “How do Chinese language teachers adapt to various students’ needs?” She emphasized, in addition to administrative management of the teachers, directors of Confucius Institutes should provide guidance on such aspects as teaching and intercultural communication, so as to help them adapt quickly to new working environment, whilst making effective summaries and evaluation of the teachers’ teaching through students’ online feedback.

Mr. Philippe Leotoing making his remarks at the conference

Mr. Philippe Leotoing, representative from Académie de Clermont-Ferrand, discussed how to conduct extra-curricular activities in primary schools for Confucius Institutes, so as to familiarize pupils with Chinese language and Chinese culture starting from primary schools.

Delegates at the conference also conducted discussions on a wide spectrum of topics including the visa issues of Chinese artists to France, copyright issues of Chinese films, common logo of French “Confucius Institute Day” and French “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition, which strengthened resources sharing, exchanges and cooperation between Confucius Institutes in France.

After the conference, Clermont-Ferrand municipal government hosted a reception for delegates participating in the conference. In her remarks at the event, Deputy Mayor Isabelle Laveste extended her appreciation to Hanban for its support and expressed her gratitude to Confucius Institutes for their efforts in promoting Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture in local communities. Mr. Alain Quilliot, Vice President of the Board of the Confucius Institute, and Ms. Liu Shu, the delegate from Hanban’s Division of European Confucius Institutes also addressed the event successively, offering congratulations on the opening of the conference.

Ms. Liu Shu, delegate from Hanban, addressing the event

According to sources, guests attending this conference also included Ms. Françoise Audry-Iljic, the newly-appointed Inspector General of Chinese from the French Department of Education and Ms. Zhang Ying, third secretary at the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in France.


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