The Inaugural Oceania Chinese Teachers’ Conference held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

[Source]    Ministry of Education of New Zealand [Time]    2016-11-07 10:00:08 
 

From September 23 to 25, the Inaugural Oceania Chinese Teachers’ Conference was held at the University of Auckland. The conference was jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland, International Language Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) of Ministry of Education of New Zealand and New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association, attracting over 90 experts, scholars and teachers in Chinese language education from New Zealand, Australia and Tahiti. Dr. Yang Jian, Senator of New Zealand National Party; Chen Shaojie from New Zealand China Council; and Prof. Martin East, President of New Zealand Association of Language Teachers, attended and addressed the conference.


Dr. Yang Jian, Senator of New Zealand Parliament, making a speech

Yang Jian pointed out in his speech that in recent years, with the rapid development of New Zealand-China ties, demands in Chinese language teaching in New Zealand also tended to augment. How to maintain the enthusiasm of the young generation of New Zealand in learning Chinese and deepen their understanding of China and the Chinese culture is still an arduous task.


Prof. Martin East, President of New Zealand Association of Language Teachers, delivering a speech

Chen Shaojie and Prof. Martin noted in their speeches that the boom of Chinese language teaching was highly attributed to the efforts of local teachers. As a vital force among foreign language teachers in New Zealand, New Zealand Chinese Teachers Association had made enormous contributions to Chinese language teaching in New Zealand.

Huang Tian, President of New Zealand Chinese Teachers’ Association, noted that the Oceania Chinese Teachers’ Conference was a milestone with great significance. Chinese language teaching should be committed to pursuing both depth and breadth. She encouraged Chinese language teachers in neighboring countries of Oceania to cooperate so as to open new prospects for future Chinese language teaching.

Yao Zaiyu, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland, gave a keynote speech titled Chinese Teaching in New Zealand. She pointed out that the number of primary and secondary school students learning Chinese unfolded a gratifying growth with each passing year. However, how to improve the teaching quality of Chinese language teachers and maintain students’ interest and enthusiasm in learning Chinese still urged more explorations and efforts of Chinese teachers.

Dr. Yu Shanjiang from Auckland University of Technology and Prof. Ye Tan from University of South Carolina delivered keynote speeches titled The Teaching and Learning of Mandarin Chinese in New Zealand: Reality, Challenges and Opportunities and Chinese Language Cinema in Teaching Language and Culture, respectively.


A group photo

At the two-day seminar, scholars present shared their experience in and understanding of various fields including Chinese teaching methodology, Chinese proficiency tests, Chinese culture teaching, teaching resources, teacher registration and the status quo of Chinese language teaching.

This conference not only enabled Chinese language teachers to deepen their perception and understanding of Chinese language teaching, but also provided them with opportunities to exchange teaching experience.

Story by Fu Jiwei

 
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