George, a China’s German son-in-law: Our children’s native language is Chinese

At 7 o’clock in the morning, driving from home in Changping (a surburb area in Beijing) to the downtown, George first sends his children to the nursery school, then his wife to work and finally reaches his company near Jiuxianqiao and begins a busy day of work. After work, he goes to pick his children together with his wife and then drives 65 kms back to their home in the suburb. It is already 8 o’clock in the evening. It seems George Hoffman’s life has no much difference with many other office workers in Beijing.

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

Ten years ago, as luck would have it, George got a job in China branch of one German health and rehabilitation enterprise. So he came to Beijing from Germany, while his brother was also working there. Under his brother’s guidance, George has adapted to Chinese lifestyle quickly.

Even so, George came across a big problem that is the Chinese language. He spent two whole years on learning Chinese, in order to cope with his living in Beijing, but he can’t read and write Chinese texts. His Chinese wife becomes his “interpreter” when he sees any Chinese characters. Talking about his wife and family, George shows a speech full of happiness. He told, “At the beginning she helped me a lot, such as booking tickets for me etc. So I invited her for dinner to say thank you. Later we slowly get to know each other.” Four years later, they got married. Now George has a pair of lovely children. Like many parents, he sets his children’s pictures as WeChat avatar.

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

George is on business trip during his most working time. As technical director in China and Philippines branch, he is not only in charge of product designing, also travels frequently to other areas to conduct technician training and assists patients in rehabilitation training.

In spite of the busy work, George tries to spare some time to play with his children. They together set up the toy train track, play puzzles and games. Many of George’s leisure-time activities are carried out with children. He and his wife take them to the parks, to do swimming, horse riding, to watch the shadow plays and to listen to music. “Now the children’s native language is Chinese, and they also speak German and English. I hope they can lay a firm foundation in Chinese reading and writing in the future.”, said Geroge.

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

Two years ago, George and his wife moved from downtown to the mountain area in Changping. Although it takes a lot of time to work every day, they enjoy very much the fresh air there.

When it comes to their “large wooden house”, George said with a look of pride, “The house is our own design. No matter where we move to we will not sell it. Even though we will not live in Beijing later, I hope there is a home every time we come back.”

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

Having been to Beijing for ten years, George is delighted and worried when talking about the changes of this city. “The construction speed in Beijing is really fast, and Beijing is getting more and more clean and organized. There are more and more places for shopping. At the same time, some traditional elements are vanishing due to the lack of protection, but now it is gradually recovering, that is a good part. There are lots of traditional things in Germany, such as some music which have been spread for more than three hundred years, and we still love it very much. People should learn the value of their own traditions and cherish them.”

American Indian girl won the third place of national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore

Amercian Indian girl Meera came to settle down in Singapore with parents when she was 1-year old. The first language she picked up is Chinese. Her mother arranged her to learn Chinese from a neighbor working as a Chinese language teacher. They make Chinese conversation for two hours every day to practice the speaking and pronunciation.

Nine years later, Meera won the third place of the national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore, with clear articulation and mellow tune. In the past one year, she has won twice the third place in two Chinese speech contests.American Indian girl won the third place of national Chinese story telling competition in Singapore

Meera’s mother Subra understood the importance of Chinese language and started to cultivate the her daughter’s interest in Chinese language. She said, “We hope that she gets the spiritual connection with Chinese culture, especially when people from all over the world gather together, we cannot ignore the multi-culture because of our Indian origin.”

Meera is a fourth-grade student in Anthony girls’ school, studying Chinese as her second language. Since the second grade, she has been always assigned to the best Chinese language class and leading the way. When she joined Chinese drama class, Meera was praised by the teacher of her acting talent.

Meera said, “I like telling stories and won’t feel nervous at the stage. I want to participate in more such competitions in the future.”

Because Meera’s parents can’t speak Chinese, she went to the cram school for Chinese language classes from 4 to 8-year old. When she goes to bazaar with parents, she will grasp the opportunity to practice the dialogue with the vendors. Subra said, “Once we ran into one taxi driver, he insisted on not charging us because he thought Meera’s Chinese is so great.”

At home, as a Hindi language teacher, Subra communicates with Meera in Hindi and Meera’s father in another Indian dialect Konkani to make sure that Meera masters the mother language. Meera can also speak basic Philippine Tagalog and Spanish. Her parents plan to let her study one Chinese dialect such as Hokkien or Teochew.

It is reported that Chinese story telling final match of Singapore national primary schools was held recently in Tao Nan School, with a total participant of 56 schools and 106 students. The competition has marked its 12th anniversary.

Wales Chinese language teaching project forum held in Confucius Institute at Cardiff University

Wales Chinese language teaching project forum held in Confucius Institute at Cardiff University

Recently, 9th Wales Chinese teaching project forum was held in Confucius Institute at UK’s Cardiff University. 32 language teaching heads from Confucius Institutes at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Bangor University and the primary and secondary schools in Wales, were present at the forum.

The forum, taking “Gather strength, Improve together” as topic, aimed to sum up Chinese teaching experience and achievement in the past half a year and to overcome the difficulties encountered in local Chinese teaching, which facilitate the integration of the Chinese language to Welsh language teaching system and determine the future development plan of Chinese teaching projects in the primary and secondary schools of Wales.

The forum opening ceremony was presided by Rachel Williams, primary and secondary teaching project manager of Confucius Institute at Cardiff University, and Chinese dean Yubei Zhou delivered a welcome speech. Rachel made a comprehensive summary of the development of Chinese language teaching in Wales over the past eight years. She emphasized the important support from Chinese national Hanban and Welsh government for Chinese language teaching. She also pointed out that the focus of Chinese teaching in primary and secondary schools in the coming years will be cultivating local Chinese language teachers.

Later on, some Confucius classroom directors discussed one after another about the impact of globalization on school education. They said that language teaching plays a vital role in helping better adapt the local citizen to the new circumstances. The development of Chinese language teaching has set up a communication bridge between Wales and China, which benefits the regional development in the long term.

After one day of a heated discussion, the delegates proposed many methods of localizing Chinese language teaching, for instance, drawing the reasonable teaching outline, providing teachers with a probation period, attracting parents on Chinese teaching and so forth. They also made an agreement on intercollegiate and regional (e.g. with England) exchange and cooperation. The delegates generally believe that improving communication channels and strengthening the publicity can effectively promote Chinese language and culture in Wales.

It is understood that Confucius Institute at Cardiff University places a great importance on Chinese teaching in the local primary and secondary schools since its establishment. So far, more and more schools in Wales have absorbed Chinese teaching into Welsh Baccalaureate. Welsh government has also given a strong support for Chinese teaching.

A new record of examinees for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in Japan

On July 28, HSK test was held for third time in 2016 in the Chinese language test center of Confucius Institute at Japan’s Kansai Gaidai University.

The test center is located in Study and Research Urban campus of Kansai Gaidai University, with 10 test points and over 30 supervisors. A total of 711 people took part in the examination (738 people registered for the test).

During the examination, Confucius Institute set up a special test room for the physically challenged students.

A new record of examinees for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in Japan

In recent years, besides English, more and more Japanese companies are considering Chinese language level as an important condition of promotion. The HSK test, as the Chinese language proficiency test recognized by Chinese government, is getting increasing number of examinees year by year.

A new record of examinees for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in Japan

It is learnt that Japan’s Kansai Gaidai University signed a contract with Chinese Testing International Co., Ltd. (CTI) (Beijing) and has started organizing HSK tests since 2010. This year the Confucius Institute is going to hold HSK tests four times. This time the test is approaching the final exam in the university, so a lot of students took it as an opportunity to check their Chinese learning skill and participated in the exam, the registration number of which created a new record of this year.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

On July 16, Chinese Consulate of Calcutta, cooperated with Chinese language school in Calcutta, successfully held Chinese language competition of Sino-Indian Friendship Cup this year. Zhanwu Ma, consul-general of China in Calcutta, Subrata Mukherjee, Indian West Bengal village autonomy and development minister and Madan Saraff, founder and chairman of Chinese language school in Calcutta attended the activity.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Zhanwu Ma, in his speech, appreciated the efforts of Chinese language school of Calcutta for 8 years on the Chinese language education and congratulated its collaboration with Yunnan Normal University on setting up the first Confucius classroom in eastern India. He said, with the rapid development of sino-indian relation and the frequent communication in the fields as culture, economy and trade etc., learning Chinese language has turned to be more and more meaningful, which can not only help understand better China and Chinese culture, but also benefit individual career development in the future. In recent years, Indian friends have the increasing need of learning Chinese language and the craze for Chinese language has swept over the Indian eastern areas. Young students are the future of India as well as the future of sino-indian friendship. Zhanwu Ma hopes that Indian students study hard to speak good Chinese and strive to enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between China and India and to promote the relation between two countries into more in-depth development. He was also invited to practice Tai Chi on the scene.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Minister Mukherjee expressed his appreciation to the head of Chinese language school in Calcutta for his many years of hard work and claimed that Chinese education in this school is the precious resource in West Bengal and had built up the friendship bridge between India and China. The state government will support any suggestions relevant to the development of West Bengal.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

Mr. Saraff thanked the Chinese consulate for the long time support and said that Chinese school would take the Confucius classroom as an opportunity to further improve the Chinese language teaching level and place more emphasis on Indo-Chinese communication and friendship between two countries.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

The competition was divided into two parts, namely speech and performance. In the speech part, the contestants need to give an impromptu speech according to the topic drawn by lot while in the performance part, the contestants wonderfully presented their Chinese language level and Chinese culture they understand with poetry reading, singing and dancing, painting, short play, drama and other forms.

2016 Chinese language competition successfully held in Calcutta

1st New Zealand Chinese Teacher Roundtable Conference held in Wellington

1st New Zealand Chinese Teacher Roundtable Conference held in Wellington
Paul Nation was giving a lecture
1st New Zealand Chinese Teacher Roundtable Conference held in Wellington
Victor Bao was showing how to make Chinese story books

On July 7th, 1st New Zealand Middle School Chinese Teacher Roundtable Conference was held in University of Victoria in Wellington. The conference was hosted by Confucius Institute in University of Victoria in Wellington and in collaboration with Chinese language teachers association of Wellington branch. About 70 Chinese teachers across the country attended the meeting.

Victor Bao, Senior Chinese teacher and IB examiner in Dulwich College International School of Singapore was invited as keynote speaker. According to his many years teaching experience and research results in Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam, he gave a vivid interpretation on “How to make Chinese class more interesting through games”, “How to use Chinese reading materials such as Chinese short stories to improve the students Chinese language skill” and “Thought on stratified Chinese teaching method” and so on.

In addition, Paul Nation, international well-known lexicologist and applied linguistic professor of University of Victoria, made a speech on “Acquisition and teaching of Second language”. Feng Yu and Aiqun Li from Wellington Boys High School, communicated with attendees on the topics as “How to use web tools to make teaching and learning resources” and “Virtual teachers – How to use Showbie to create the Chinese learning platform”. Jiwei Fu, New Zealand National Chinese consultant, lectured on “Easily confused Chinese words” while Yiyan Wang, Chinese language project professor in University of Victoria and council member of Confucius Institute, introduced the Chinese projects in the university.

At last, teachers also took part in the sharing session presided by Victor Bao and Feng Yu on the latest information and guidelines of IB and NCEA exams.

After the meeting, all teachers told that they had learnt a lot and hoped that such roundtable meetings could be held regularly every year to give strong support to Chinese teachers in New Zealand and to enforce the communication within industry, and more overseas front-line Chinese teachers with rich experience such as Victor Bao could be invited to share the teaching methods.

Chinese language center to be set up in India and South Asian countries

On June 16th, Doctor Ganguli, president of India Online Education and Mr. Monirul from Bangladesh visited Kunming University. Mr. Xiang Li, vice principal of the University, held a warm welcome reception to the overseas guests. Both parties had in-depth exchanges and signed a joint agreement of establishing Chinese language center. At the same time, they discussed on the details about the student admission oriented to South Asian countries and joint undergraduate program in the field of hotel management and business management.

Chinese language learning center to be set up in India and South Asian countries

The meeting was presided by Mr. Xiang Li, with the presence of leaders from International exchange department, College of Economy, College of Tourism and College of Humanities of the University. The two sides had a detailed talk on the joint establishment of Chinese language training center for India and South Asian countries, as well as a deep understanding on the need of Chinese language learners in India, the Chinese language education progress, the selecting condition of Chinese teachers and issue of certificate. College of Humanities will draw up the teaching plans while Indian Online Education will start up the admission as soon as possible. The program will facilitate Chinese language learners in India and South Asian countries and Kunming University will dispatch regularly experienced teachers to India to carry out Chinese teaching.

Chinese language learning center to be set up in India and South Asian countries
Kunming University

Both sides had a warm discussion about joint training of hotel management and business management undergraduate. With the grant especially set for new foreign students, the two sides had a final agreement on the undergraduate enrollment of South Asian students to Kunming University. Indian Online Education plans to send the first batch of about 100 South Asian students to the University in the second half of this year for the undergraduate programs of hotel management and business management. Leaders from College of Economy and College of Tourism said they are actively engaged in all kinds of early-stage preparation.

Chinese language learning center to be set up in India and South Asian countries
Teaching building of Music

After the negotiations, both sides have been clear about the tasks and agreed to take the projects into practice as early as possible.

Chinese language learning center to be set up in India and South Asian countries

Seoul Education Department provides Chinese language sessions to Korean teaching staff

According to South Korea Economy, South Korean teachers who can speak Chinese are able to adapt Chinese students more quickly to South Korean society.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff

Daerim, Garibong in Seoul are the areas for Chinese immigrants, also known as “China Town”. Recently, Department of Education in Seoul has decided to provide Chinese learning courses to the Korean teaching staff near the “China Town” and to encourage all the Korean teachers to learn Chinese language.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Daerim metro station in Seoul

In late July this year, Department of Education in Seoul will set 30-hour oral Chinese sessions oriented to 20 academic staff working in the elementary schools, junior and senior high schools. The sessions are mainly targeted to those who are employed at schools where Chinese students dominate or the academic exchange with China is frequent. In addition to the basic Chinese conversation, the sessions include the understanding of Chinese culture, life guidance for students from multicultural families and so forth.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Daerim in Seoul

It is reported that on account of the children from Chinese circle not capable of communicating proficiently in Korean or getting adapted to life in South Korea, Education Department of Seoul has made such decision, aiming to eliminate the language barrier with Chinese students and help them rapidly integrate to South Korean schools and social life.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
a Chinese restaurant in Daerim

The number of new Chinese students has increased sharply in several schools in the charge of South Education Supporting Department of Seoul. A multitude of Korean teachers have met the communication problems with Chinese students due to different language and culture. In reaction to the current situation, South Department of Education offered the relevant training sessions. With the ability to talk with Chinese students smoothly, Korean teaching staff can give better guidance to them.

Seoul Education Department set Chinese language sessions for Korean teaching staff
Garibong in Seoul

Besides that, Education Department of Seoul plans to lay down the advanced Chinese sessions in two semesters. In the meantime, related department of South Korea is actively working on Korean language programs for Chinese immigrants and children from multicultural families.

“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition held in Mauritius

“Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition held in Mauritius“Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition held in Mauritius

According to the news released by Chinese Ministry of Culture, the 15th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students was successfully held in Chinese culture center of Mauritius. Mr. Yanqun Song, cultural counsellor of Chinese Embassy and director of Chinese culture center in Mauritius attended the activities and delivered a speech.

Mr. Song said that language is a bridge of communication, learning Chinese will open up a door for the future and help students to realize their dreams. Chinese culture center in Mauritius has been engaged in promoting Chinese teaching and aims to accentuate the cultural exchange and friendship between two countries.

Under the support of Mauritian Ministry of Education, Chinese culture center in Mauritius widely launched the advertising campaign through the mainstream media and Facebook, with 14 competitors signed up, primarily from several local colleges such as University of Mauritius, Institute of Gandhi. Five contestants got shortlisted after the initial selection. The competition took “Dream lights up the future” as theme and was divided into speech, talent show and Chinese culture quiz. The competition jury was comprised of the course experts and Chinese teachers dispatched by National Hanban in China.

After two rounds of fierce competition, David and Mary, respectively from Open University of Mauritius and University of Mauritius, stood out. In their speeches, David hoped to learn well Chinese, understand Chinese culture, make a lot of Chinese friends and even meet the Chinese girl in life when he was young, while Mary said that young people should have dreams and not rely on luck but themselves for a bright future. The excellent speeches and talent shows such calligraphy and paintings had deeply impressed the spectators and the judges.

Each contestant was awarded certificates and prizes by Mr. Song at the end of the competition. A host of young spectators wished to learn Chinese and know more about China and Chinese culture.

Chinese Embassy in Belarus held a film reception to assist local students with learning Chinese

On April 13, Chinese Embassy in Belarus organised a special fim reception for the local primary and secondary school students who are learning Chinese. About 80 attendees were invited, including Chinese volunteers from Confucius Institute and the teacher and student representatives from schools running Confucius classrooms and Chinese language courses. They watched together the Chinese movie “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”.

Chinese Embassy in Belarus assist students with learning Chinese

Mr. Qiming Cui, Chinese Ambassador in Belarus, made a speech at first. He warmly welcomed the guests and said that with the relations between Belarus and China developping rapidly in recent years and the bilateral cooperation continuously deepened in various fields, Byelorussian and Chinese young people’s interest in learning the other country’s language and culture is increasing. More and more primary and secondary school students opt for Chinese courses in Belarus. Relevant activities would be carried out in the Embassy to help them understand better Chinese language and China.


Chinese Ambassador in Belarus made speech about learning Chinese

Byelorussian teachers and students watched the Chinese movie with strong interest, afterwards, Mr. Cui, the Ambassador, communicated actively with the students and answered their questions about Chinese history. At the end of the reception, the students showed the great pleasure to have such an opportunity to participate in, saying that the activity had offered them the medium of learning Chinese culture and enhanced their motivation to learn Chinese language and culture.