First New Zealand Secondary School Chinese Teachers’ Round-table Conference held at Victoria University of Wellington
On July 2nd, local time, the 1st “Secondary School Chinese Teachers’ Round-table Conference”, hosted by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington (CI VUW) and co-hosted by New Zealand Chinese Language Association Wellington Branch, was convened at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). Around 70 Chinese language teachers from across New Zealand attended this conference.
Victor Bao explaining how to make a Chinese storybook
Victor Bao, senior Chinese language teacher from Dulwich College (Singapore) and IB examiner, was invited as the keynote speaker of this conference. Based on his experience in teaching Chinese language in places like Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam over the past years as well as his research and publications, he vividly explicated such issues as “how to use games to liven up Chinese language classes”, “how to enhance students’ Chinese skills through using reading materials like Chinese short stories” and “thoughts on Chinese language teaching for students of different levels”.
Lecture by Prof. Paul Nation
In addition, Prof. Paul Nation from the School of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at VUW, an internationally renowned lexicologist, gave a lecture titled “Second Language Acquisition and Teaching”. Yu Feng and Li Aiqun, Chinese language teachers from Wellington College, conducted exchanges with attending teachers on issues including “how to create teaching and learning resources using online tools” and “virtual teachers: how to build a Chinese language learning platform using Showbie”, respectively. Fu Jiwei, New Zealand Chinese National Advisor, gave a lecture on Chinese ontological knowledge titled “Easily Confused Words in Chinese”. Also, Prof. Wang Yiyan, VUW Chinese Program Director and member of the advisory board of the Confucius Institute, introduced VUW’s Chinese language programs to the attending teachers.
Mr. Yu Feng, Head of New Zealand Chinese Language Association Wellington Branch and Chinese language teacher of Wellington College, delivering his talk
Finally, all the attending teachers participated in the sharing session on the latest information of and preparation for IB tests and NCEA tests, which was moderated by Victor Bao and Yu Feng.
After the conference, teachers all expressed that they have benefited a lot and hoped the Confucius Institute would hold this conference regularly every year, and invite front-line teachers with rich experience in teaching Chinese overseas like Victor Bao to share their teaching methods, so as to provide stronger support for Chinese language teachers in New Zealand and enhance communication among the teachers.
By Lu Chunxiao
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