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.