Confucius Institute at the University at Albany, State University of New York, Establishes Three New Teaching Centers

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University at Albany, State University of New York [Time]    2017-02-08 15:26:14 
 

Recently, the Confucius Institute at the University at Albany, State University of New York, respectively established teaching centers at the Albany School of Humanities, the Niskayuna High School and the Pine Hill Library.

On Nov. 21st local time, Huang Youqin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute led the teachers of the Confucius Chinese to give their first class to the students of Albany School of Humanities and Niskayuna High School. Huang gave the students of the special class of Albany School of Humanities a Chinese culture class themed “nature's resurrection in the spring”. Though not physically strong, the students’ enthusiasm for learning Chinese is not hindered. Kong Ying, a teacher from the Confucius Institute, gave a paper-cut lesson and the students learned how to cut “囍”(Xi, a Chinese character for double-happiness). After two hours of teaching, as the Confucius Institute presented each student a paper-cut work as a gift, the students were very pleased.


Director Huang Youqin teaching “nature's resurrection in the spring” to the students of the special class


Students of the special class learning paper-cut


Students of the special class learning paper-cut

On the afternoon, the crew of the Confucius Institute arrived at Niskayuna High School in the suburb of Albany, which hopes to strengthen Chinese teaching and broaden the students' international perspectives. Starting from the Chinese New Year, Huang and Kong introduced the Chinese culture to the students at the school’s Asian Club. Guided by Kong, the students made a paper-cut “囍” and Chinese Zodiac paper-cuts.


Students of Niskayuna High School learning paper-cut


Students of Niskayuna High School learning paper-cut

The Chinese cultural teaching activity at Pine Hill Library will start in Jan., 2017 in collaboration with postgraduates in Chinese Language Teaching of Clarkson University. Twelve Chinese cultural themes and 12 lecturers have been selected so far. The course will be offered once a month, and 12 times a year tentatively.

From the beginning of the new semester in 2017, the Chinese language and Chinese culture teaching at the three new teaching centers will be put on the right track, elevating the scale of the Chinese language and culture teaching at the Confucius Institute at Albany University to a higher level.

Story by Cao Dejun, Kong Ying