Assessing the demand for the establishment of Mandarin Chinese language courses in Irish secondary education Read more...
There is a bright future and vast scope for the development of Chinese education in Ireland. Since the inception of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland in 2006, with support from the Hanban Headquarters, the efforts made by the UCD CII have resulted in over a hundred secondary schools launching Chinese courses, with about 5000 secondary school students studying Chinese. Read more...
In 2012, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D. launched a new Transition Unit in Chinese developed jointly by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, University College Dublin. Read more...
Sino-Irish co-financing of a new flagship building for the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Read more...
Our Mission The mission of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is to work with the Irish government, businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Ireland and China. The Institute is a joint venture between the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), Renmin University of China and UCD. The Institute was established in 2006 and was officially opened by Mr Zeng Peiyan, then Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China. The Institute offices are located within the UCD Belfield campus. What We Do In accordance with our mission, the Institute is involved in many activities, including: Promoting an awareness of Chinese Language & Culture in Ireland Offering innovative Chinese language courses available for all Organising cultural and educational events at UCD to further public understanding of China Developing and promoting teaching and research in Chinese Studies Offering professional services to both public and private sectors to deepen economic relationships between China and Ireland Establishing an HSK (Chinese Language and Proficiency Examination) Centre
Brief introduction to New HSK Test The test is designed for Chinese language learners who are based overseas. The new HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test targeted at non-native speakers, and examines learners' ability to use Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work. The new examination type consists of two independent parts: a written test and an oral test. During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used. The table below sets out the expected number of vocabulary items a learner will have acquired for each of the levels of HSK. HSK Written Test Oral Test Expected Vocabulary Acquisition Level 6 Advanced Over 5000 Level 5 2500 Level 4 Intermediate 1200 Level 3 600 Level 2 Elementary 300 Level 1 150 The new HSK test is aimed primarily at adult learners of Chinese. The test scores meet the various demands of different organizations and groups. It offers a reliable reference for: Educational institutions in recruitment, classification, granting credits, exempting students from certain courses, etc. Employers in selection, training and promotion of employees Learners of Chinese to understand, assess and improve their Chinese proficiency Chinese teacher training bodies to evaluate their teaching standards and the effectiveness of their training provision Brief introduction to New YCT Test The Younth Learners Chinese Test (YCT) is designed for non-native primary and secondary school students to encourage them to learn and improve their Chinese. It is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test which examines young learners' competence in use of the Chinese language for their studies, personal lives and work. It consists of two independent parts: a written test and an oral test. There are four levels to the written test: YCT-Level 1, YCT -Level 2, YCT - Level 3, YCT - Level 4, while the oral test comprises two: YCT (Elementary) and YCT (Intermediate). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used. A comparison of YCT with HSK in terms of the number of vocabulary items each level requires is set out below. New HSK New YCT Expected Vocabulary Acquisition Level 3 Level 4 600 Level 2 Level 3 300 Level 1 Level 2 150 Level 1 80 Descriptors of the 4 YCT levels of proficiency are set out as follows: Level 1: can understand and use some of the most frequently used Chinese words and sentences, and prepare themselves for continuing their Chinese studies; Level 2: can understand and use some simple Chinese words and sentences to communicate; Level 3: can use Chinese in a simple and direct way, applying it to basic topics in their daily lives; Level 4: can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives and studies, and are able to complete most communicative tasks they experience during a visit to China. YCT results offer a reliable reference for: Learners of Chinese to assess their progress and needs Teachers, schools and teacher training bodies to evaluate teaching standards and training effectiveness Learners of Chinese interested in taking the HSK test Brief introduction to BCT Test The Business Chinese Test (BCT) is a standardized test for non-native Chinese speakers, and is designed to assess their Mandarin Chinese language proficiency in business-related communication and activities. BCT is suitable for non-native Chinese speakers engaged in a wide range of professional pursuits, with application to daily communication in the working environment. Key features of BCT are that its content is practically applicable and communicable. BCT test takers receive a report of their score and successful candidates receive a BCT Certificate. The BCT is held in China and many other countries around the world, including Ireland. There are two independent tests in the BCT: BCT (Listening-Reading) and BCT (Speaking-Writing). Candidates can choose one or both tests. Each skill of listening, speaking, reading and writing scores from 0 to 500 points respectively, and each 100 points represents a grade (or level). The total score for BCT Listening-Reading is the sum of the points scored for the two skills of listening and reading, and that of BCT Speaking-Writing is the sum of the points scored for the two skills of speaking and writing. Thus total scores range from 0 to 1000 points. There is no Level 1 Certificate awarded. If a candidate's total score for BCT Listening-Reading (or BCT Speaking-Writing) reaches 201-400, a BCT Level 2 Certificate (for either Listening-Reading or Speaking-Writing) will be awarded, and 401-600 will gain a Level 3 Certificate, and so forth. Mapping of levels (and certificate awarded) to scores is set out below. Certificates are valid for two years (from the date of examination). Certificate Single Score Total Scores - 0-100 0-200 Level 2 101-200 201-400 Level 3 201-300 401-600 Level 4 301-400 601-800 Level 5 401-500 801-1000 Descriptors for the 5 levels that BCT applies to assess test-takers' Chinese language proficiency are set out as follows: Level 1: Generally unable to apply Chinese in their business activities. Level 2: Can use Chinese to serve the basic communication needs of their business activities. Level 3: Can use Chinese effectively in their business activities. Level 4: Can use Chinese skillfully in their business activities. Level 5: Can use Chinese freely and appropriately in their business activities. BCT results are used for: Evaluating business Chinese proficiency for recruitment, selection, employment, task allocation, and promotion purposes Learners' self-assessment of progress and needs Evaluating teaching standards and effectiveness Supporting teacher training provision
2020 HSK & HSKK Home-based Online Exams Introduction to New HSK Test In order to better satisfy the demand for adequate Chinese language tests in foreign countries, Hanban has consulted a large number of both foreign and national experts in language teaching, linguistics, educational evaluation and psychology to assess the standard of Chinese language testing abroad. Based on their investigations and some new understandings regarding the shortcomings of Chinese language testing today, Hanban has applied the latest research methodology in foreign-language testing to develop a new HSK test, which will be launched in November 2009. The test is designed for Chinese language learners who are based overseas. Test Structure The new HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, taking non-native speakers as its object, and directed at examining students' capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work. The new type of examination consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. The written test is comprised of HSK Level 1, HSK Level 2, HSK Level 3, HSK Level 4, HSK- Level 5 and HSK- Level 6, while the oral test is comprised of HSK (Elementary), HSK (Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used. Written Test Oral Test HSK Level 6 Advanced HSK Level 5 HSK Level 4 Intermediate HSK Level 3 HSK Level 2 Elementary HSK Level 1 Test Grades The direct comparison between the new HSK test and Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and The Common European Framework Reference for Language) is as follows: New HSK Vocabulary CLPS CEF HSK Level 6 Over 5000 Grade Five C2 HSK Level 5 2500 C1 HSK Level 4 1200 Grade Four B2 HSK Level 3 600 Grade Three B1 HSK Level 2 300 Grade Two A2 HSK Level 1 150 Grade One A1 * CLPS: Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages** CEF: The Common European Framework Reference for Language a. HSK Level 1Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies; b. HSK Level 2Designed for elementary learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion in their daily lives; c. HSK Level 3Designed for elementary-intermediate learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during their Chinese tour; d. HSK Level 4Designed for intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard; e. HSK- Level 5Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese; f. HSK- Level 6Designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form. Test Principles Following the principle of "combing testing and teaching", the new test is designed in line with the present situation of international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of "promoting teaching and learning through examinations". The new HSK test stresses objectivity and accuracy, and also focuses on developing and testing an examinees' ability to apply Chinese in practical, real-life situations. The new HSK test also sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals. Test Functions Taking its orientation from the old HSK test, the new HSK test is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners. The test scores meet the various demands of different organizations or groups of people as follows: Offers a reference for educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits; Offers a reference for employers to employ, train and promote employees; Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese; Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training. Test Score Report Within three weeks after the test, examinees can access their test scores on the internet and have their 'Score Report' issued by Hanban.
Introduction on New YCT Test In order to encourage non-native primary and secondary school students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese level, Hanban has consulted a large number of both foreign and national experts in language teaching, linguistics, educational evaluation and psychology to assess the standard of Chinese language testing abroad since 2004. Based on their investigations and some new understandings regarding the shortcomings of Chinese language testing today, Hanban has applied the latest research methodology in foreign-language testing to develop a new YCT test. Test Structure Young Learners Chinese Test is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal lives and work. It consists of two independent parts: a written test and an oral test. The written test is comprised of YCT-Level 1, YCT -Level 2, YCT - Level 3, YCT - Level 4, while the oral test is comprised of YCT (Elementary) and YCT (Intermediate). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used. Written TestOral Test YCT Level 1 YCT Elementary YCT Level 2 YCT Level 3 YCT Level 4 YCT Intermediate Test Levels The direct comparison between the new YCT test and Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages, The Common European Framework Reference for Language，CEF）and the new HSK is as follows: New HSKNew YCTVocabularyCLPSCEF HSK Level 6 Over 5000 Grade Five C2 HSK Level 5 2500 C1 HSK Level 4 1200 Grade Four B2 HSK Level 3 YCT- Level 4 600 Grade Three B1 HSK Level 2 YCT- Level 3 300 Grade Two A2 HSK Level 1 YCT- Level 2 150 Grade One A1 YCT- Level 1 80 * CLPS: Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages** CEF: The Common European Framework Reference for Language a. YCT- Level 1Examinees who passed YCT-Level 1 can understand and use some most frequently used Chinese words and sentences, and prepare themselves for continuing their Chinese studies; b. YCT- Level 2Examinees who passed YCT-Level 2 can understand and use some simple Chinese words and sentences to communicate; c. YCT- Level 3Examinees who passed YCT-Level 3 can use Chinese in a simple and direct way, applying it in a basic topic in their daily lives; d. YCT- Level 4Examinees who passed YCT-Level 4 can use Chinese to serve their demands in their personal lives and studies, and are able to complete most of the communicative tasks they experience during their China tour; Test Principles Following the principle of “combining testing and teaching”, the new test is designed in line with the present situation of international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of “promoting teaching and learning through examinations” Test Functions Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese; Offers a reference for schools to evaluate their teaching standards; Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training; Offers a reference for Chinese learners who want to take HSK test. Test Score Report Within three weeks after the test, examinees can get their ‘Score Report’ issued by Hanban.
Introduction of Business Chinese Test The Business Chinese Test (BCT) is a standardized test for non-native Chinese speakers, and is designed to assess their Mandarin Chinese language proficiency in business-related communication and activities. Key features of BCT are that its content is practically applicable and communicable. The BCT is held in China and many other countries around the world, including Ireland. BCT test takers receive a report of their score and successful candidates receive a BCT Certificate. Examination Candidates BCT is suitable for non-native Chinese speakers engaged in a wide range of professional pursuits, with application to daily communication in the working environment. Chinese Language Proficiency Scales BCT has 5 levels that BCT applies to assess test-takers' Chinese language proficiency are set out as follows: Level 1: Generally unable to apply Chinese in their business activities. Level 2: Can use Chinese to serve the basic communication needs of their business activities. Level 3: Can use Chinese effectively in their business activities. Level 4: Can use Chinese skillfully in their business activities. Level 5: Can use Chinese freely and appropriately in their business activities. Test Scores Reports and Certificate There are two independent tests in the BCT: BCT (Listening-Reading) and BCT (Speaking-Writing). Candidates can choose one or both tests. The detail of BCT as shown in the table below. Test TypeTest ItemNumber of TasksDuration of Test(minutes) BCT Listening-Reading Listening 50 100 40 100 Reading 50 60 BCT Speaking-Writing Speaking 2 4 10 50 Writing 2 40 Each skill of listening, speaking, reading and writing scores from 0 to 500 points respectively, and each 100 points represents a grade (or level). The total score for BCT Listening-Reading is the sum of the points scored for the two skills of listening and reading, and that of BCT Speaking-Writing is the sum of the points scored for the two skills of speaking and writing. Thus total scores range from 0 to 1000 points. There is no Level 1 Certificate awarded. If a candidate's total score for BCT Listening-Reading (or BCT Speaking-Writing) reaches 201-400, a BCT Level 2 Certificate (for either Listening-Reading or Speaking-Writing) will be awarded, and 401-600 will gain a Level 3 Certificate, and so forth. Mapping of levels (and certificate awarded) to scores is set out below. LevelMonomialTotal 1 0-100 0-200 2 101-200 201-400 3 201-300 401-600 4 301-400 601-800 5 401-500 801-1000 Certificates are valid for two years (from the date of examination). Test Principles Following the principle of “combing testing and teaching”, the new test is designed in line with the present situation of international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of “promoting teaching and learning through examinations” Use of the BCT Evaluating business Chinese proficiency for recruitment, selection, employment, task allocation, and promotion purposes Learners' self-assessment of progress and needs Evaluating teaching standards and effectiveness Supporting teacher training provision
Registration Fee: Free Test Fees For HSK Written TestFee(Euro)Oral TestFee(Euro) Level 1 20 Elementary 20 Level 2 30 Level 3 40 Intermediate 30 Level 4 50 Level 5 60 Advanced 45 Level 6 65 For YCT Written and ListeningFee(Euro)Oral TestFee(Euro) Level 1 5 Elementary 10 Level 2 10 Level 3 15 Intermediate 15 Level 4 20 For BCT Skills TestedFee(Euro) Listening and Reading 35 Speaking and Writing 45 Notes: The test Fee should be paid when confirming your registration. The test Fee is non-refundable. If you are unable to attend your test, you should notify the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland up to two days before and a later test date will be arranged for you. Group Registration: test fees will be discounted 10 percent.
Registration From October 2010 onward, all registrations for Chinese Proficiency should be made online at the Chinese International Test Service website. To do this you should: Register as a user of the Chinese International Test Service Apply a test from HSK, YCT and BCT and the level of the test Pay registration fee online Print your test admission card Before you start your application, please have to hand a digital passport photograph. For the details, see: How to register and apply test 2. If you want take a test you should complete your registration and application before the deadline which is 27 days before the day on which the test is held. For example, if you want to take the test on 17th April, you should complete your registration before 21st March.
How to register and apply test in website of Chinese International Test Service How to registerHow to apply for a testHow to pay registration feeHow to print your test admission card How to register 1. Log on the following website using Microsoft Internet Explorer http://www.chinesetest.cn/ To change to English version, click the arrow and choose English 2. Click the link “New user” 3. In the pop-up window, fill in all the information required. After you have filled in all the information and made sure there is no mistake, then click the button “Submit”. You will see the message as follows This means your registration has been completed. [Back to top] How to apply for a test 1. Log in on the test application page You can just click the link “Register now” when you get to the "Successfully registered as a website user" message just mentioned above. Or, after you login the website http://www.chinesetest.cn/ fill in your email address and password used in your registration in "User name" and "Password" boxes respectively, then click the link “log in”. 2. In newly opened page, hit the link “Test Registration” . 3. Find and click the link with the test you want to apply for on the left. 4. Hit the button “ Register Now” on the upper right hand corner in the next window. 5. After filling in the information required, and you have made sure there is no error, hit the button “Submit”. 6. When you submit successfully, a new page will pop up and you are supposed to fill in your personal information required. After filling in this information correctly, click the button “Next Step”. 7. On next page you are supposed to upload your photo which will be used in your testing admission card. After you have found and uploaded your photo successfully, you can see the photo in preview box , then click the button “Next Step”. 8. Now you come to the confirmation page. If you are sure that there is no mistake, hit the button “Finish”. Or you can hit “Previous” to make the necessary corrections. When you see this message, your online application is finished. You will shortly receive an email at the address provided in your application. [Back to top] How to pay the registration fee When you have finished your application, you should pay the registration fee online. Please pay your exam fee online here to complete your registration process. For amount, please click http://www.cii.ie/index.php/2014-03-07-17-53-48/introduction/19-uncategorised/test/42-test-fees Reference Field should be inserted with Exam Name, Level and Date as shown below. You should make the payment before the deadline, which is 4 weeks before the test you have applied for, for example, if you apply the test on 17th October, the deadline for the payment is 20th September.Only registration with confirmed payments will be issued exam admission tickets. If you have any difficulty to pay your fee online or any questions regarding payment, please do not hesitate to contact us at
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Available courses (31st Mar to 6th June 2014, City centre class: 54 Merrion Square ( English in Dublin) , Dublin 2. UCD Belfield campus class: UCD Science Centre Hub ) CHINESE LANGUAGE Chinese for Beginners (Level 1) Post-Beginner Chinese (Level 2) Pre-Intermediate Chinese (Level 3) Lower-Intermediate Chinese (Level 4) Intermediate Chinese (Level 5) Upper-intermediate Chinese (Level 6) Advanced Chinese (Multi-skill) CHINESE CULTURE Chinese Calligraphy Chinese Corner (Session Series) Chinese Martial Arts and Taiji Quan (Session Series) Chinese Painting Chinese Cooking Course DOWNLOAD FORM Please bring or post completed application forms to: UCD Confucius Institute for IrelandRoebuck AnnexeUCD, BelfieldDublin 4
Download Teaching Pack | Register Account Online This Teaching Pack makes use of knowledge on all aspects of China and Ireland, with innovative ideas to create a pleasant learning environment for students. The staff at the UCD Confucius Institute have spent three years completing the Teaching Pack and adapting it to the needs of Irish secondary school Transition Year teaching styles. It incorporates innovative methods and extensive resources for student-centred overseas Chinese teaching. Focusing on Chinese culture and also Chinese language, the Teaching Pack entertains the students while also educating them, which suits the teaching requirements of the Transition Year. Having given full consideration to the psychological traits of secondary school students whilst choosing the topics and content, the Teaching Pack emphasizes the involvement of students in class activities, thus creating a student-centred atmosphere. While having certain interconnections with, each topic is complete and independent, providing a chance for the teachers to choose whichever ones they like. Local resources in Ireland have been used to enrich the teaching content: The resource package has been designed specifically for Irish teachers; the content is all written in English; Chinese vocabulary teaching content is equipped with audio bites for ease of pronunciation; content includes not only classic, rich Chinese cultural themes, but also corresponds to the relevant Irish examples which teachers and students are familiar with, and in turn helps to eliminate the strangeness students may feel in the process of learning Chinese culture and language. Combined with the knowledge Irish teachers have of their students and what they have learnt in the past or are learning at present, the flexibility of topics is ideal. The Teaching Pack of the Chinese language and culture course descriptions have been approved by the NCCA, and 14 sets of PPT courseware have been produced. The 14 topics are: General introduction, Secondary school life, Music and Chinese opera, Chinese food and tea, Chinese history, Chinese economy, Chinese festivals, Chinese traditional medicine, Chinese characters and calligraphy, Chinese sports and Kung Fu, Chinese family, Chinese handicrafts, Travel in China and Chinese films. These 14 topics also contain the relevant background cultural information, notes and lesson plans, designed to reduce Irish teachers’ lesson preparation time, reduce the difficulty of teaching this subject and to better integrate the subject with other subjects and disciplines. Using advanced digital technology as a tool to improve teaching: The Teaching Pack contains 14 sets of PPT courseware multimedia teaching materials such as audio, video and animation to bring this ancient culture to life through fresh new and vivid visualizations. The use of these advanced technological means, not only raises the students’ enthusiasm, but also enhances the operability of the teaching itself, so that the local teachers' limited understanding of Chinese language and culture, after brief training, is of no impediment. This in turn helps to promote Chinese and the teaching of Chinese culture to promote a smooth expansion of the Transition Year programme. The three years of effort put in to the Teaching Pack have finally achieved great success. From the very start to publication, the Teaching Pack has undergone numerous modifications. Throughout the future use and promotion process, we sincerely hope that users at home and abroad will give valuable advice to help us further improve and enhance the resources. We have prepared this short demonstration video to introduce you to the basics of our Transition Unit:
Download Teaching Pack | Register IACT Membership Online * The Upgraded Teaching Pack is for the members of IACT (Irish Association of Chinese Teaching) only. If you are interested in becoming a member, please register through the link below. Based on teachers' experience and students' feedback on the previous version, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has worked closely with both Irish and Chinese teachers who teach Chinese programmes in schools to produce the Upgraded Teaching Pack. Compared to the previous version, this Upgraded Teaching Pack provides teachers with more teaching materials to teach Chinese language and culture, particularly the instructions (both by videos and by PowerPoint shows) for organising various class activities. It has also added new content and features to make teaching more interactive and student centred. Moreover, an open platform will be established on the official website of UCD Confucius Institute alongside with the launch of the Upgraded Teaching Pack, in which teachers can exchange their ideas and experiences in using the Teaching Pack to teach Chinese language and culture that will contribute to the continuous process of updating the Teaching Pack. In order to make the Teaching Pack more user friendly for both Irish and Chinese teachers to teach Chinese culture and language in schools, the upgraded version is comprised of four new chapters along with original topics. These four chapters are video introductions and tutorials of learning Chinese through songs, learning Chinese with games, Chinese calligraphy, and Chinese painting. We have prepared this short demonstration video to introduce you to the basics of our Transition Unit:
From 3rd March to 12th March, Prof. Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was invited as a representative to attend the second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Read more...
We offer a range of evening courses in Chinese language and culture, catering for students who wish to learn or improve their level of Chinese for business, social or further studies purposes. The classes are offered on every Tuesday and Wednesday from 18.30-20.00 on the UCD Belfield Campus. All students from our evening course are welcomed to join our Chinese Corner for free! WHY CHOOSE US? l A variety of course choices We offer language courses for all Chinese language learners from beginner to advanced levels. We also provide cultural courses such as Chinese Painting and Chinese Calligraphy for our students. The evening courses run three terms a year, each lasting 10 weeks. Winter Term: January to March Spring Term: April to June Autumn Term: September to November All students are welcome to meet fellow Chinese enthusiasts and practice Chinese in the Chinese Corner every Monday evening, from 18.30 to 20.30 in UCD. We prepared various topics and activities which can help you improve your Chinese, as well as getting to know China better! l Professional and dedicated teaching team Our experienced, native-speaking Chinese language teachers are selected and trained by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). They are motivated, enthusiastic and they are also great fun! l Small classes There is a low student-tutor ratio in our evening classes. The average number of students in each class is 4-10, so that each student can participate actively in class and progress quickly. l Culture workshops Our students are invited to experience Chinese culture in the workshops and activities launched by the UCD CII. l Students from all over the world Our students have the opportunity to meet Chinese learners from all over the world. They can quickly gain confidence using the Chinese language in an international, relaxed, friendly and encouraging environment. Contact details: Our offices are open 09:30-17:30, Monday to Friday (excluding Irish public holidays). UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland University College Dublin,Belfield, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland The coordinator of evening course Ms Xuan Yang Email:
For degree and diploma courses related to Chinese studies at UCD please contact the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD: B.CommwithChinese: http://www.ucd.ie/china/bcomm-with-chinese.html The Irish Institute for China Studies at UCD Offers this degree programme in conjunction with UCD Quinn School of Business. Apart from language modules, other Chinese relevant modules are also provided. Bachelor of Commerce (International) Combine Business with knowledge of Chinese language and culture Spend Year 3 abroad in top universities in China studying Chinese and Business Superb career opportunities This is a 4-year Bachelor of Commerce (International) programme, providing you with competent background in Chinese language and business culture for you to pursue a career in international business, especially with Chinese. Modules provided by the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD Stage 1 BCHN10030 ChineseLanguage Experience I BCHN10070 ElementaryWritten Chinese II BCHN10080 ElementarySpoken Chinese II BCHN10100 Chinese Culture (ELECTIVE) BCHN10200 ContemporaryChinese Society (ELECTIVE) Stage 2 BCHN20210 IntermediateWritten Chinese I BCHN20010 IntermediateSpoken Chinese I BCHN20220 IntermediateWritten Chinese III BCHN20020 IntermediateSpoken Chinese III BCHN20100 Chinese Politics and Media (ELECTIVE) BCHN20230 Chinese Law (ELECTIVE) Stage 3 BCHN30210 Enhancing Chinese Language Stage 4 BCHN30030 Business Chinese I BCHN30040 Business Chinese II BCHN30050 Advanced Chinese I (ELECTIVE) BCHN30060 Advanced Chinese II (ELECTIVE) BCHN30070 Doing Business in China BCHN30080 Chinese Economy Details BComm Introduction
This is a one year evening course (approx. 45 hours) designed for: · Teachers who are interested in studying the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture, but have no previous learning experience of Chinese. · Teachers who have no previous learning experience of Chinese, and are interested in tasting the language. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: · Know 200-300 words of core vocabulary. · Achieve the language proficiency equivalent to HSK 2, which will enable them to pass the entrance examination of the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture. · Lay a solid foundation for further study of Chinese language. · Start building up their language capacity to teach simple and basic Chinese words or phrases to pupils. Time Class for 2017/18 will run from September 2017 to June 2018, 1.5 hours per week, for 30 weeks. School holiday calendar is followed. (No class during October and February mid-term break, 2 weeks for Christmas and 2 weeks for Easter) Class on Tuesdays Class on Wednesdays Class on Thursdays Term 1 September 19th 26th 20th 27th 21st 28th October 3rd 10th 17th 24th 4th 11th 18th 25th 5th 12th 19th 26th November 7th 14th 21st 28th 8th 15th 22nd 29th 9th 16th 23rd 30th Term 2 January 9th 16th 23rd 30th 10th 17th 24th 31st 11th 18th 25th February 6th 20th 27th 7th 21st 28th 1st 8th 22nd March 6th 13th 20th 7th 14th 21st 1st 8th 15th 22nd Term 3 April 10th 17th 24th 11th 18th 25th 12th 19th 26th May 1st 8th 15th 22nd 29th 2nd 9th 16th 23rd 30th 3rd 10th 17th 24th 31st June 5th 12th 6th 13th 7th 14th Venue Venue Location Class time 1. Dublin 4 University College Dublin Tuesday evenings 18.30-20.00 2. Galway Galway Education Centre Wednesday evenings 18.30-20.00 3. Kildare Kildare Education Centre TBC 4. Laois Laois Education Centre TBC 5. Online Class via Google Hangout Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday evenings Venue 1: University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Venue 2: Galway Education Centre, Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, Well Park, Galway Venue 3: Kildare Education Centre, Friary Road, Kildare Town, Kildare Venue 4: Laois Education Centre, Block Road, Beladd, Portlaoise, Co. Laois Venue 5: Online class via Google Hangout Course Fees Term 1: FREE Term 2: €150 Term 3: €150 This €300 course fee will later be deducted from the tuition fees of Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture.
1 to 1 Chinese class Proficiency levels: All Start date: Any time Class times: 7 days a week, 9am to 9pm Class hours: At least 1 hour per class, 10 hours per session Class description: 1 to 1 classes are a highly efficient way to learn Chinese for those who would like to maximize their speaking time with the teacher so as to engage more in oral conversation with a native Chinese speaker. Your tutor in your customised 1 to 1 class will adjust the teaching method and content to suit your specific goals as well as your timetable. Whatever your goals are, we will do our best to meet them. *Level test is available upon request. Register Online
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1.When will the exam be held? See Exam Timetable Please note the deadline for registration is 4 weeks before the exam date. 2.Where will the exam be held? The exam will be held in University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Please choose UCD Confucius Institute as test centre while registering online. 3.Where should I go for online registration? Please go to www.chinesetest.cn for online registration. *You will need to register as a user first if this is the first time you take the exam. 4.When is the deadline for online registration? Deadline for online registration is 4 weeks before the exam date. 5.Need more guidance for online registration? Please visit www.cii.ie for guidance on “Registration”. 6.Anything I need to pay special attention while registering? Please provide valid email address/contact number in order to make sure you can always be informed with our latest notice. Please provide valid postal address. If you would like to take HSK Level 4, 5 or 6, you will need to upload a passport photo. 7.What should I do after finishing online registration? Please pay your exam fee online here to complete your registration process. Reference Field should be inserted with Exam Name, Level and Date as shown below. You should make the payment before the deadline, which is 4 weeks before the test you have applied for, for example, if you apply the test on 17th October, the deadline for the payment is 20th September.Only registration with confirmed payments will be issued exam admission card. 8.When is the deadline for payment? Deadline for payment is 4 weeks prior to the exam date. 9.How much do I need to pay for the exam? Please click here to check exam fees. 10.Something important you REALLY need to know: Failure of payment before deadline will cause cancellation of your registration. Payment without completion of online registration will NOT be accepted. 11.What is the last IMPORTANT thing I need to do before taking the exam? Please log in the test service website, www.chinesetest.cn, by inputting the user name and password, and then print your Test Admission Card on the "Personal Center" page. Printing of the card is available 7-10 days before the test in general. If you fail to print it, please send email to
Introduction No previous knowledge of Chinese is required for this course. Anyone with an interest in Chinese calligraphy is eligible. Objectives The course will give students an introduction to various key aspects of Chinese calligraphy. Students will be given a general overview of the history of Chinese calligraphy, the features of the main styles, and calligraphic writing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to write characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style. Teaching Content Four basics of calligraphy – brush, ink, paper, ink-stone. • Introduction to the ways of holding a brush and brush writing techniques. • The strokes and basic structures of Chinese characters. • Introduction and appreciation of some calligraphy works. • Copying and writing characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style. Expectations Students are expected to gain a perceptual knowledge of Chinese Calligraphy and have a good understanding of the characters’ structures. At the end of the course, students will be able to hold the brush, write correctly and copy characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style. The course is intended to promote students’ interest in Chinese calligraphy and to lay foundations for further study. Course Duration and Class Size Three ten-week courses will be run from January, April and September each year. Each week will have one session of one hour. Class sizes will be limited to approximately ten students.
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. The earliest paintings were not representational but ornamental; they consisted of patterns or designs rather than pictures. Early pottery was painted with spirals, zigzags, dots, or animals. It was only during the Warring States Period(403-221 B.C.) that artists began to represent the world around them. Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guó huà (国画), meaning 'national' or 'native painting', as opposed to Western styles of art. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of are paper and silk. The finished work is then mounted on scrolls, which can be hung or rolled up. Traditional painting is also done in albums and on walls, lacquerwork, and other media. In this course, the students will learn how to paint a range of popular subjects using Traditional & Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting techniques. Projects gradually increase in difficulty, and feature such subjects as swallows, bamboo, wild orchids, plum blossoms, pandas, horses, peonies and more. Course Duration and Class Size Three ten-week courses will be run from January, April and September each year. Each week will have one session of one and half hours. Class sizes will be limited to approximately five to ten students. Chinese Painting “Shirmp” by Master Qi Baishi. (See the picture above)
We at UCD Confucius Institute are delighted to offer students an ideal chance to practice Chinese after class – Chinese Corner. We hope it will become an important place where students of Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese and practice speaking what they have just learned in class. Here, you can practice with other Chinese learners and also native Chinese speakers. Our teachers will be there as well to coordinate and help you correct pronunciation and grammar. Time: Monday 6:30-8:00pm Venue: Quinn School, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4 Fee: Free for CI evening course students
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The Irish Final of the 13th International Chinese Bridge Competition for College Students will be held in Dublin on the 26th of April, 2014. This is the 5th year that the CII has organised the Irish finals. The university students will compete for a chance to represent Ireland in the World Finals in China this summer.
The CII will organize the HSKK (a Chinese Speaking Test) in mid-May. Three levels of spoken Chinese will be tested: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. This test provides a Chinese language certificate for foreign students’ entry into Chinese colleges, and the results of the HSKK are valid for two years (from the date of the test).
On the 24th of May, 2014, the CII will organize a YCT exam for secondary school students studying Chinese. About 300 students will take the exam which has 4 levels (YCT1, YCT2, YCT 3, and YCT 4).
For degree and diploma courses related to Chinese studies at UCD please contact the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD: LawandChinese http://www.ucd.ie/china/law-and-chinese.html The Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD offers degree programmes in collaboration with the UCD Sutherland School of Law. The Law & Chinese Studies allows you to: •undertake a degree in Irish law, whilst simultaneously acquiring a broad knowledge of Chinese law and a very high level of competence in Mandarin and Chinese legal terminology •gain comparative insights which inform an enhanced critical perspective on Irish law •spend your third year at a university in Beijing, China (Renmin University of China or China University of Political Science and Law). This 4-year Bachelor degree provides students with an in-depth understanding of broad areas of law including Chinese law, as well as an intermediate/advanced level of competence in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). Enrolment for this programme will begin in 2014/2015. More details
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The transport from airport to Clyde Court Hotel Address: Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Clyde Court Dublin 4 By Taxi A taxi which will cost you approximately €25 to the hotel. By Bus The Aircoach is €8.5 one way 1、From airport to clyde court hotel A:Take Aircoach 702 (towards Greystones ）from Dublin International Airport to Ballsbridge, Northumberland Road , B: Walk 290 metres from Pembroke Road/R118 to Pembroke Road/R816, then turn right onto Lansdowne Road. 2、From clyde court hotel to airport A：Walk 300 metres from the hotel to Ballsbridge, American Embassy B：Take Aircoach 702 (towards airport ） The timetable of the Aircoach 702 By car Please click here and here
The transport from airport to Ballsbridge Hotel Address: Ballsbridge Hotel, , Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 By Taxi A taxi which will cost you approximately €25 to the hotel. By Bus The Aircoach is €8.5 one way 1、From airport to Ballsbridge hotel Take Aircoach 702 (towards Greystones ）from Dublin International Airport to Ballsbridge, Northumberland Road , 2、From Ballsbridge hotel to airport A：Walk 27 metres from the hotel to Ballsbridge, American Embassy B：Take Aircoach 702 (towards airport ） The timetable of the Aircoach 702 By car Please click here and here
Renmin University of China (RUC) is a partner institution of the UCD CII. In June 2014, students who study Chinese with the UCD CII will have the opportunity to attend the courses in the Summer School organised by RUC. Students will study the Chinese language and experience the Chinese culture in a Chinese-speaking environment, which will improve their Chinese language skills. More Details ：http://iss.ruc.edu.cn/
Introduction In the modern age, the first and most important benefit of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts is Health. Professor Liu will be teaching regular Health Regimen classes in UCD Confucius Institute. This is a traditional part of Chinese Wushu, and translates directly to "Healthy Body Chi Skill". It combines mental discipline with breathing and physical actions. Stretching the body, following clear focussed direction to achieve a flexible, supple and healthy body. This class will include exercises from Eight Trigrams boxing, Five Animals Games, Daoyin Shu, and the Book of Changes exercise.
On the 20th of October, 2014, 20 students from the Jesus and Mary secondary school in Ireland will travel to China on a 10-day trip. They will visit the Chinese Culture Experience Centre in Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), experience Chinese courses taught by our outstanding teachers and visit famous scenic and historic locations in Beijing.
The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is organizing the Irish Secondary School Principals Official Visit to China in 2014 . Read more...
There will be three Chinese Tests held on 8th – 16th Nov 2014 at UCD Confucius Institute. Read more...
The UCD Confucius Institute and the Kildare Education Centre are excited to announce that they are working together to establish a Chinese Training Centre for County Kildare. The opening ceremony for this centre will be held , from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, the 22nd of November, 2014, at the Kildare Education Centre Office Building. Read more...
The Chinese Language Teacher Training Programme organized by Confucius Institute Headquarters will be hosted by UCD CII on 9th-11th January 2015, at UCD’s Belfield Campus. Read more...
2020 Chinese Test Timetable TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE HSK 21st Mar. 21st Feb. 21st Nov. 23rd Oct. HSKK 21st Mar. 21st Feb. YCT 9th May 10th April. 15th Nov. 16th Oct. Please note the deadline of registration. We are looking forward to seeing you soon at the exam.
UCD Confucius Institute and Irish GO Association are hosting this event in partnership under the guidance and support from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland. Special thanks to ICBC, Huawei, Asia Market and Kai Shing Restaurant for their generous sponsorship. Read more...
The College is a Catholic school under the trusteeship of the Society of Jesus. Set in the centre of Dublin city, it continues today a tradition of over 170 years in the Jesuit approach to education. Belvedere has dedicated teachers who are committed to high academic standards. The College provides a rich and diverse curriculum catering for the needs of each individual student. It strives for excellence also in areas of sport and culture, social concern, and spiritual values, wherein students are encouraged and challenged to realise their full potential as human beings. The mission of the Belvedere Community – Jesuits, Board, Staff, Parents, Present Students and Past Pupils – is to ensure that graduates of the College by their relationship with Jesus Christ and through living gospel values, shall be persons for others in leadership and example in the pursuit of a just world. Belvedere College seeks to develop within each student a positive self image, a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility to their community –both the community that is our school and the community within which each student lives. Our relationship with the Confucius Institute is excellent and their delivery of the Transition Year programme has been exemplary. Therefore the natural development is to begin the Chinese Studies option in First Year as an option in our co-curricular programme. Co-curricular activities are central to our educational provision.
Blackrock is a living, thriving institution. Consequently, hand in hand with our willingness to learn and benefit from the past is a quest to embrace change and to move forward. The modern world is not a static one. We recognise that our response must be simultaneously proactive and reactive in order to provide the boys with the skills, knowledge, values and adaptability they will need to take their place in society. We measure the success of Blackrock by the contribution we make to the development in each student of a sharp sense of justice, a desire for a more caring and compassionate society, independence of mind, honesty in communication and respect for the dignity of all. The boarding school, located in Williamstown Castle, is home to one hundred boys from all year groups. Boarders are, and always have been, unique members of the Blackrock community. Their experience of the school is, by its nature, a very comprehensive one. Traditionally, the bond between boarders and Blackrock has been particularly strong. During the school year 2009/2010 the school Principal, explored the option of offering a programme of Chinese Studies to students in Blackrock College. Mr MacGinty met with Dr Liming Wang seeking support and guidance on how best to introduce a Chinese studies programme into the school.
Clongowes Wood College was founded in 1814 as a Jesuit boarding school for boys. It is located in a rural setting west of Dublin and has approximately 450 students, all of whom are boarders. The school's mission is to educate its students according to the best traditions and highest standards of Jesuit schooling and the values of the Gospel. It offers a diverse range of activities to its pupils so that the education of the whole person might be achieved in some measure. Clongowes is very much at the forefront of Irish education and has become the boarding school of choice. In 2009 some 37% of our students received 500 or more CAO points out of a possible total of 600. A remarkable feat in view of our open admissions policy and the fact that in some subjects the percentages of students awarded a Leaving Certificate grade 'A' nationally is in the low single digits. The College embraces an open, non-academic, bursary programme for those from a lower socio-economic background. All of our students go on to attend universities at home or abroad. The school provides leaders at all levels of society. The College Library is named after our most famous alumnus James Joyce. Following initial contact by John Conway with the Confucius Institute UCD during the Autumn/Winter of 2007 and a visit to Clongowes by a delegation from the Confucius Institute by Dr. Liming Wang, Dr.Lan Li and Ms. Angie Bailey, a one day Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture was held here in Clongowes in December 2007. The participants were Transition Year (Humanities) students and such was the success of the day that an Introduction to Chinese Culture and Language course was run here in Clongowes from January 2008 until May 2009, involving 1st year, 2nd year and 4th year students. The teacher was Ms. Angie Bailey. Here at Clongowes we feel honoured to be working with our colleagues from UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. We want our students to be exposed to Chinese language and culture from 1st Year on and in this respect we wish to support the Institute in their efforts to have Chinese introduced as an examination subject in both the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations.
Loreto College, Foxrock is a voluntary Catholic Secondary School under the direction of the Loreto Sisters (IBVM). The school, which wasopened in 1941 at the request of the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Reverend John Charles McQuaid, is situated on the N11, in the parish of Foxrock. The school is a fee-paying Secondary Day School, and is run by the Board of Management, which was first set up in 1990. The school celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1991. The main aim of the school is to be a centre of Christian Education, which cares for the faith, and personal development of each student. The school strives for excellence in providing a holistic education, i.e. religious, academic, cultural, physical, psychological and social. The school has maintained the educational tradition begun by Mary Ward (1585-1645), foundress of the I.B.V.M., and has been enriched by it. During the school year 2009/2010 the school Principal, explored the option of offering a programme of Chinese Studies to students in Loreto College, Foxrock. Ms Mannion met with Dr Liming Wang seeking support and guidance on how best to introduce a Chinese studies programme into the school. During the year, in addition to language lessons, students will be introduced to various aspects of Chinese culture. Pupils also had the opportunity to learn a little about Chinese history, Chinese poetry and the arts of calligraphy and Chinese paper folding. A cookery module is also included. At the end of the academic year certificates will be presented to the students in recognition of their achievements during the year.
The Galway Education Centre has over 20 years’ experience of International cooperative programmes and provides training programmes for teachers in County Galway and throughout Ireland. Global partners of the Galway Education Centre include the UCD Confucius Institute, National Flight Academy Florida, TEQ Games @ Universal Studios, Office of EU Commissioner for Research and Science, British Science Association, Emory University Atlanta and Indiana University. In addition, the centre has working partnerships with Medtronic Philanthropy USA, SAP in France, HP, Boston Scientific, and LEGO Education in Denmark. For over 15 years, the centre has become one of the leading examples in relation to organising cooperative programmes between educational institutes and entrepreneurs. In December 2012, the UCD CII regional centre in the Galway Education Centre was launched officially. Mr. Ciaran Cannon, Jr. Minister of Education in Ireland and Mr. Xiaochuang Wu, first secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland attended the event. Since then, the Galway Education Centre cooperated with the UCD CII and developed the training programs for Irish teachers. At the end of 2013, there are 11 secondary schools in Galway launching Chinese classes and 4 sessions of Irish teachers’ training programmes with more than 50 Irish teachers enrolled. Through the training programme, 14 Irish teachers started to teach Chinese language and culture on their own.
Jesus and Mary College is a Catholic Community in keeping with the educational philosophy of St. Claudine Thevenet and the sacred ethos of the school. We are committed to providing a quality education in pursuit of excellence. Jesus and Mary College endeavour to provide a teaching and learning environment, which encourages the school community to develop to its full potential cognisant of all its talents and skills. They aim to work together in a safe, respectful, caring and just environment. We value the principles of mutual respect, equality and tolerance encouraging positive self-image, confidence and pride in all achievements. Jesus and Mary College has fostered an excellent working relationship with the Confucius Institute. Our programme commenced in 2012 and we look forward to bolstering our friendship with a successful application to become a Confucius classroom. We wish for our common interests in culture, language and education to extend well into the decades ahead. Our Chinese department consists of a growing number of enthusiastic teachers. Together, our department structures planning by holding weekly meetings to discuss the success of our Chinese programme and to discuss areas where we wish to improve. We endeavour to reflect upon using the strengths of the school to best enhance the Chinese experience for the students. Our teachers have collaborated to produce a broad and ambitious Chinese Short Course to be included in the new JCSA programme which begins in August, 2014. In 2013, Jesus and Mary College hosted a Chinese classroom as part of our Open Evening. We felt this was essential to promote our affinity with Chinese to the public. Music, crafts and dress were included in this very popular attraction. The feedback received from parents in the local community was highly encouraging. In Jesus and Mary College we constantly consider and reflect on the contribution Chinese Culture and Language Studies has made to the education of our students. In our self - evaluation we continue to look for ways to improve what we offer. We look forward to working with the Confucius Institute to achieve this aim.
Loreto Secondary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland is an all-girls Catholic second level school. In addition to offering the standard Leaving and Junior Certificate programmes, Loreto Bray also offers the Transition Year Programme and an enhanced Leaving Certificate Programme called the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP).Loreto Bray also offers a wide range of extracurricular programmes to its students. In the area of sport, students have the opportunity to participate in hockey, basketball, badminton, table tennis, soccer, Gaelic football, rugby and other sports. Drama, debating, French, German and Spanish Language Societies and a Peace & Justice Group are among the other activities available in the school. During the school year 2006/2007 the school Principal, in consultation with a number of staff members explored the option of offering a programme of Chinese Studies to students in Loreto Bray. Ambassador Zhang Xinsen was contacted by letter at the Chinese Embassy, seeking support and guidance on how best to introduce a Chinese studies programme into the school. A representative of the Ambassador responded to the school’s letter and suggested contact be made with the Confucius Institute for Ireland. The school was also informed of the recently established links between the Confucius Institute and University College Dublin (UCD). Following talks with the UCD Confucius Institute, Loreto Bray was delighted to introduce a Confucius Institute funded programme of Chinese studies into the school. The programme started in September of the school year 2007/2008 and was offered to first year students. It was intended that the Chinese Studies Programme would continue throughout the six years the girls spent in second level school. It was further intended that the students would, at the end of the six years have achieved a reasonable level of proficiency in the Chinese language. The Confucius Classroom programme stated aim of ‘developing Chinese teaching and learning in local …secondary schools and enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship between young people of both countries’ was a goal the school found it could readily embrace. Consequently, following consultation with the Board of Management, the Principal was authorised to seek approval from the Confucius Institution for the establishment of a Confucius Classroom in Loreto Secondary School, Bray. In 2006, with the helo of UCD Confucius Institute, Loreto Secondary School Bray successfully became the first Confucius Classroom in Ireland.
Our Lady's School is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School for girls. It caters for over 770 students. Our Lady's School was founded in 1953 by the Religious of Christian Education, a Congregation founded in Normandy in the aftermath of the French Revolution. The educational tradition of the Congregation is to create conditions in which each pupil can attain her full potential and develop her personal gifts and talents. The school was founded in order to provide an educational experience based on academic excellence, the formation of a strong value system and the development of the whole person. It is a member of the Le Chéile Schools Trust. Our academic programme aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum so that all our students have the opportunity to succeed at the highest level of their own individual talents and abilities. Students are encouraged to be the best that they can be, to strive for excellence and to contribute to the school community in a positive manner. Student progress is monitored by the Year Team including a Year Head and Form Tutors. Additional supports are provided by the Care Team, which includes two Career Guidance Counsellors. The Transition Year Chinese programme covers both a Chinese Language Option and a separate Chinese Culture and Language Module. The Chinese language module is granted to the first 30 successful applicants. These students will learn Mandarin over the course of 1 year. Students who take this language option are obliged to sit the YCT examination in UCD. Throughout the year, the students will study the Kuaile Hanyu book series. There are three 40 minute periods devoted to the language module each week.
Following the success of the third Irish teachers training group to Shanghai last year, UCD Confucius Instittue started the registration of the fourth training programme. This is an intensive 2-week Chinese language and culture course in East China Normal University, which is one of the top teacher training universities in China. The training would normally be arranged annually from the last week of June till the first week of August. More Details: 2014 schedule UCD CII Training in Shanghai
On April 25th, 2015, the14th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students in Ireland will be held in UCD,Dublin. Read more...