13th International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching and Research and 1st Peking University World Chinese Forum Held in Beijing

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-11-12 16:55:23 
 

From November 8th to 9th, 2018, the 13th International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching and Research and the 1st Peking University World Chinese Forum was held in Peking University. The conference, taking “International Chinese Language Teaching, Research, and Development in the New Era” as its theme, was jointly sponsored by the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Peking University, and hosted by School of Chinese as Second Language and Office of International Relations of Peking University. 340 participants from 32 countries and regions attended the conference.

At 9 a.m. on November 8th, Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 9th and the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chairman of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, Professor Hao Ping, President of Peking University, and Professor Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Vice Chairman of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Members of the 10th Board of Directors of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, specially invited experts and scholars in Chinese language teaching and research, Chinese learner representatives and authors of selected papers of the conference attended the opening ceremony which was presided over by Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director General of Hanban.

Xu Jialu said in his speech that the relationship among various human groups, after going through relative isolation and general confrontation, has been moving slowly yet firmly into the stage of intercultural exchanges since the 21st century. The establishment of Confucius Institutes reflects the world’s demand for communication. International Chinese language teaching is an increasingly wider and firmer bridge of friendly exchanges and connectivity between China and people of other countries. Through constant reform and innovation, it is becoming an invisible and eternal road of communication, dialogue, consultation, cooperation and development. It aims to build a community with a shared future for mankind proposed by President Xi Jinping.

Hao Ping said in his speech that the promotion of Chinese has greatly deepened mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between China and other countries in the world, which is also one of the engines for China’s reform and opening up. The International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching and Research provides an open, pluralistic and inclusive platform of exchanges and interaction for Chinese teachers and researchers as well as Chinese learners all over the world, and plays an important role in promoting Chinese language teaching, research and dissemination, which has been highly acclaimed by the Peking University. At the same time, the 1st Peking University World Chinese Forum was held to further promote international exchanges and cooperation on Chinese language teaching.

Ma Jianfei said in his speech that the development of Chinese language teaching in the world has given birth to Confucius Institutes and promoted its development. After 15 years of efforts, 531 Confucius Institutes and 1,130 Confucius Classrooms have been set up in 150 countries around the world with over 2 million students. Confucius Institutes have successfully encouraged 67 countries to incorporate Chinese into their national education systems. The Confucius Institute has been growing as the world’s largest international network of language education and the most diversified international exchanges platform. The Confucius Institute, remaining true to its original aspiration, has always been adhering to mutual respect, understanding enhancement, adaptive requirements and characteristic development.

After the brief yet grand opening ceremony, the meeting entered the session of conference report, which was presided over by Yutaka Furukawa, professor at Osaka University of Japan and Vice Chairman of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching.

Joël Bellassen, doctoral supervisor at National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations and Vice Chairman of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, delivered a report titled “Motivation of Chinese Learning and Chinese as a Distance Language”. His research found that Chinese learners in France are mainly depended on the intrinsic motivation. Among intrinsic motivation, the following aspects are very important: first, achievement motivation and challenging motivation; second, discovery tendency; third, humanitarianism and idealism tendency; and fourth, cross-cultural sensitivity. In addition, he would explore the intersection between distance language learning and travel psychology (including travel thinking, travel culture, and travel methods).

Andreas Guder, professor at George-August-University of Göttingen and Director of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, reported to the attendees “Thoughts on European Chinese Learners”. From the perspective of European Chinese learners, he analyzed the current situation and problems of “Chinese as a foreign language” in Europe from four aspects, namely, language and cultural background, age, motivation and learning objectives. The report pointed out that Chinese language teaching should distinguish teaching objectives and learning objectives in a more accurate manner; improve its teaching arrangements; conduct comparative studies between Chinese and the mother tongue of Chinese language learners; and increase the output of information on Chinese society, culture and geography.

NaMa Didier Dieudonne, official of the Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon and doctoral candidate of the Confucius China Studies Program and Beijing Language and Culture University, delivered a keynote speech on “Localization of Chinese Language Teaching in Cameroon and Me”. He described his work experience and feelings in three aspects: training local teachers in Cameroon; revising the Chinese curriculum outline; and promoting the localization of Chinese teaching materials, which shows that localization is the current trend of international Chinese education.

As the host, Professor Zhao Yang, Dean of the School of Chinese as Second Language at Peking University, gave a report entitled “Tradition, Future and New Era of Chinese Language Teaching”. He reviewed the 68-year development of the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, summarized some disciplinary ideas and concepts, and pointed out that Chinese language teaching in the new era has three characteristics: first, it has inherited the excellent traditions and ideas formed over the past 60 years and taken a development path suitable for the characteristics of Chinese and Chinese language teaching; second, it should make full use of the Internet to enhance the spread of Chinese and improve teaching efficiency; third, Chinese language teaching should carry out holistic education and make contributions to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

It is reported that from the afternoon of November 8th to the morning of November 9th, the 13th International Conference on Chinese Language Teaching and Research will center on eight subjects covering eight research areas, namely, new interdisciplinary theoretical perspective, Chinese evaluation criteria, localization of Chinese teachers, curriculum design and teaching mode, cultural elements in Chinese character teaching, Chinese culture and China’s national conditions, and exploration and application of new technologies, new media and new thoughts. These sessions were given first with the authors’ speeches and then with group discussions, which were chaired by directors of the International Society for Chinese Teaching.

At the same time, the 1st Peking University World Chinese Forum would be divided into four sub-sessions. Representatives of the government and international organizations discussed the role of verbal communication in promoting inter-state relations and non-governmental exchanges. Representatives of verbal communication organizations discussed the laws and characteristics of verbal communication and the role it plays in promoting cultural exchanges. Chinese language teaching and research scholars exchanged views on the progress of international Chinese language teaching. Representatives of Chinese learners exchanged Chinese learning experience and the influence of Chinese learning on personal development.

Experts and scholars, representatives of the government and international organizations, representatives of verbal communication organizations and Chinese learners have fully communicated with and inspired each other at the above events, thus making joint efforts to promote international Chinese language teaching, research and promotion, making new contributions to enhancing deeper understanding and friendship between China and the world as well as promoting the building a community with a shared future for mankind.

 
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