The 4th International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching Held in Mexico

[Source]    Confucius Institute at National Autonomous University of Mexico [Time]    2018-03-16 17:34:32 
 

The 4th Mexico International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching was held in Mexico City from March 8th to 9th local time. Sponsored by the Center for Asian and African Studies at El Colegio de Mexico, the Confucius Institute at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and the Confucius Institutes Latin American Regional Center (CILARC), the event has been one of the highest international conferences on Chinese teaching in Mexico.

Lin Ji, Charge d'Affaires ad Interim and Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Mexico, said that with the rapid development of China, the Chinese language has gained growing popularity in Latin America and more and more people in Latin America wish to learn about Chinese culture. What’s more, they can get more job opportunities via Chinese learning, as well as better participate in the China-Latin America cooperation, so as to promote bilateral understanding and exchanges.


Lin Ji addressing the opening ceremony

Li Cheng, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UNAM, briefed attendees on the Chinese language teaching and cultural activities conducted by the Confucius Institute in recent years. He said that the Chinese language teaching symposium held in Latin America made him feel positive in regards to the unfolding of Chinese language teaching and research. The event also represented a growing cultural exchange between China and Latin America.


Li Cheng delivering a speech at the opening ceremony

Liljana Arsovska, researcher for the Center for Asian and African Studies at El Colegio de Mexico, and an expert on Chinese affairs, said that the event gathered Chinese language teachers and lovers in Latin America to share their experience in Chinese culture and Chinese language teaching, which not only improves the level of teaching Chinese language and culture in the region, but also contributes to cultivating excellent Chinese teachers and translators.

At the symposium, more than 30 experts from China, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, the United States and other countries gathered together. They held seminars and discussions on cross-cultural language teaching, phonetics, syntax and professional development prospects for students majoring in Chinese, and then shared their experience in the practice of Chinese language teaching.

In discussing “the status quo of Chinese language teaching”, Claudia and Aleagna, two local teachers from the Confucius Institute at the University of Havana, Abel, coordinator of language teaching at the Bío Bío Region of the Ministry of Education of Chile, and Heldio, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco introduced in detail the situation of Chinese language teaching in their own countries. During the discussion on “Chinese ontology and research”, Zhu Zhiping, professor from Beijing Normal University, Sun Wenfang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University, and Yurik, a teacher from UNAM, respectively elaborated on Chinese Dissyllable and Cross-Cultural Language Teaching, The Conceptual Space and Semantic Map of the Tag, and Usage of the Functional Word “le(了)”.


A teacher from the Confucius Institute in Cuba delivering a speech


Zhu Zhiping giving a report


Sun Wenfang giving a report

In sharing “Teaching Practice”, Li Jing, a teacher from the Confucius Institute at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico, made a report entitled Experience of Chinese Phonetic Teaching in Mexico, and Adriana from Centro de Idiomas Esmeralda made a report entitled Teaching Quantifiers to Native Spanish Speakers. During the topic discussion on Cross-Cultural Communication, Liljana Arsovska, professor from El Colegio de Mexico, and Xu Xin from the Chinese Research Center of Beijing Foreign Studies University in UNAM made reports respectively entitled Language in Culture and Culture in Language and Cross-Cultural Communication Competence in Foreign Language Teaching.


Participants taking a group photo

The symposium was a great event as well as a boost for motivational guidance in Latin America. Actively expanding the Chinese language teaching and research and training excellent local Chinese language teachers will effectively promote cultural exchanges between China and Latin America and greatly contribute to jointly building a community of shared future for mankind.

Story by Li Zhiyu

 
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