On the 9th and 10th of January, the first Expert Group Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Programme was formally launched. This training session was organised by the Confucius Headquarters and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. More than 50 Chinese teachers participated in the training session. They came from the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Aihua Chinese School in Ireland, as well as from other teaching organizations. Mr. Wu Xiaochuang, First Secretary for the education section of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Prof. Wang Liming, Director of the UCD CI, Prof. Cai Yongqiang, Chinese Director of the UCD CI, and Ms. Ni Jun from School of Languages, Law and Social Science at DIT took part in the training session.
The main purpose of the Expert Group Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Programme is to support the training of Chinese teachers in Confucius Institutes so as to improve the teaching skills of overseas Chinese teachers. Under the theme “Teaching Chinese in Ireland”, three experts, Prof. Li Quan from Renmin University of China, Prof. Zhang Xinsheng from the University of Richmond and Prof. Zheng Yanqun from the Beijing Language and Culture University, gave lectures respectively on:
1) Language-Culture-Characters: Theory and Skills, Localization of Chinese Teaching
2) Interface between Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEF)
3) Localization of Chinese Teaching; and MOC Model of Chinese Teaching in the Age of Big Data
Prof. Li Quan pointed out that teachers must keep a positive attitude in order to ensure success in teaching Chinese, focus on teaching the Chinese language, and open their minds to the possibilities for how Chinese culture may prevail. Prof. Zhang Xinsheng pointed out that the realization of localizing Chinese teaching is an essential phase for the internationalization of Chinese and that mainstreaming is the ultimate sign of the localization of Chinese. Prof. Zheng Yanqun focused her lecture on analyzing specific teaching methods and illustrated skills and strategies which are needed in teaching Chinese with multimedia and also how the improvement of technologies may motivate students to learn Chinese. During the lectures, teachers in the audience engaged with experts in heated yet insightful discussions.
The training session was emceed by Chinese Director Cai Yongqiang. Director Wang Liming gave a speech to summarise the event. Mr. Wu Xiaochuang, First Secretary for the education section of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland spoke highly of the training programme in his closing speech. He hopes that the UCD Confucius Institute will continue to hold high quality lectures to train its Chinese teachers, so as to improve the quality of Chinese teaching in Ireland and to set a good example as the model CI for other Confucius Institutes.