60th Anniversary of Chinese Course in Victoria, Australia Held in Melbourne

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia [Time]    2018-09-17 14:42:08 

On September 7th, local time, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (CLTAV), and co-organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese Course of Victoria and 2018 Victoria Chinese Language Teachers’ Conference kicked off at the Camberwell Grammar School in Melbourne.

Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Paul Hicks, President of the Camberwell Grammar School, Zeng Jianhua, Chinese Acting Consul General in Melbourne, Li Fuxin, Chairman of the Australian Chinese Teachers’ Association, and Xu Jixing, Chairman of the CLTAV, attended and addressed the opening ceremony.

Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, sent a letter of congratulations. In his letter, he gave positive comments on Chinese language education of Victoria over the past 60 years and praised the booming Chinese teaching in Australia, which has not only nourished a large number of talents for promoting China-Australia exchanges, but also advanced the development of bilateral relations and provided valuable experience for Chinese teaching worldwide.

In his opening speech, Josh Friedenberg fully affirmed the Chinese language education of Victoria over the past 60 years, hoping that the future Chinese language education of Victoria will continue to inject new impetus into the cultural exchanges between Australia and China.

Josh Friedenberg delivering a speech

Zeng Jianhua said that Chinese has become an important bond of cultural and educational exchanges between China and Australia. 60 years marks a new start, and he hoped that Chinese language education of Victoria could be elevated to a higher level.

Zeng Jianhua delivering a speech

Li Fuxin expressed his gratitude to the CLTAV for its efforts in promoting Chinese language teaching in Australia. He stressed that the newly revised Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Chinese study could provide more learning opportunities for non-native Chinese speakers.

Paul Hicks reviewed with emotion the ups and downs of Chinese teaching in Camberwell Grammar School over the past sixty years. He detailed the inheritance and innovation of Chinese teaching in teaching systems and teaching methods, and also introduced how graduates had broadened their horizons and got a better understanding of China and the world through learning Chinese.

Paul Hicks delivering a speech

In an interview with Qienews.com, Xu Jixing told the journalist that the CLTAV was established in 1974 and currently has about 500 members, aiming to encourage and promote Chinese as an important part of the school curriculum.

At the opening ceremony, Chinese and Australian students gave wonderful performances and won waves of applause from the audience. In addition, the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University offered a variety of cultural experience activities.

Audience at the ceremony

During the two-day conference, a number of keynote speeches and training sessions were held. Nearly two hundred experts, scholars and teachers gathered together and had an in-depth discussion on Chinese language teaching and the newly revised Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Chinese study.