2019 Summer Senior Workshop of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT) Held at Nankai University

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-08-09 09:03:12 

On August 2, 263 young teachers and graduate students from 207 colleges and universities around the world were invited to participate in the 2019 Summer Senior Workshop of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching (ISCLT). The theme of this session is “International Chinese Education Teaching and Research”, which was organized by the College of Chinese Language and Culture of Nankai University. Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Vice Chairman of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching, Zhong Yinghua, President of Tianjin Normal University, Wang Lei, Vice President of Nankai University, Lu Fubo, Director of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching and Professor of the College of Chinese Language and Culture of Nankai University and the head of the College of Chinese Language and Culture of Nankai University attended the opening ceremony.

Before the opening ceremony, Yang Qingshan, Secretary of the Party Committee of Nankai University, met with Ma Jianfei and Zhong Yinghua. Yang Qingshan welcomed the guests and introduced General Secretary Xi Jinping’s inspection of Nankai University as well as the construction of the overseas Confucius Institutes of Nankai University. Yang Qingshan said that Nankai University has a tradition of open schooling. He said it is necessary to have a global perspective on the talents training in schools and talents development in all careers, and hoped to strengthen contact and cooperation with the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

The opening ceremony was held at the Oriental Art Building of Nankai University. In his speech, Wang Lei welcomed the experts, scholars and students attending the workshop. Wang lei said that Nankai people have never been absent in the history of spreading Chinese culture and promoting Chinese language to the world. He hoped to continue to get great support from colleagues and make greater contributions to the cause of international Chinese education.

Ma Jianfei reviewed the achievements of the ISCLT in serving Chinese language teaching and the development of the Confucius Institutes in various countries and holding the Summer Senior Workshop. He said that the Summer Senior Workshop is a brand project of the ISCLT. In 2019, the Society highlighted the working concept of “Council and Membership” and invited well-known scholars and directors both at home and abroad to take both lectures and workshops to help students understand the international Chinese language teaching situation, meet the needs of teachers’ career development in various countries, and improve the ability and quality of Chinese language teaching. Ma Jianfei said that when a country is strong, its language will flourish. Since its establishment in 1987, the ISCLT has gone through 32 years of history. Generations of Chinese education heroes have never forgotten their original intentions and have always kept in mind their mission to achieve the lofty ideals of world harmony. They have passed down the ideals from generations to generations with unremitting efforts, cultivated a number of talented people who can speak and understand Chinese, and contributed to the exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries in various fields and to the development of multiculturalism.

It is reported that in the past six years, the ISCLT organized experts to hold many senior workshops around the topics of Chinese teaching in America, task-based approach, cross-cultural communication, teachers’ development, educational technology frontiers and applications, and invited a group of famous scholars to share with the learners some of the new academic frontier achievements and scholars’ research results. A total of nearly 2,000 teachers and students from more than 200 colleges and universities participated in the workshop.