In­ter­na­tional teach­ing of Chi­nese lifted

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai

China’s first col­lege to cul­ti­vate in­ter­na­tional teach­ers of the Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture was es­tab­lished in Shang­hai on Mon­day.

The In­ter­na­tional Teach­ers Col­lege of Chi­nese Lan­guage and Cul­ture was es­tab­lished at Shang­hai-based East China Nor­mal Univer­sity, one of the first univer­si­ties in the coun­try to en­gage in Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture ed­u­ca­tion for over­seas stu­dents.

“By lever­ag­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences and ad­van­tages in in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion of Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture, and in­te­grat­ing var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion re­courses, the new col­lege will work as a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for tal­ent cul­ti­va­tion and aca­demic re­search for in­ter­na­tional cul­tural ex­changes,” said Prof Tong Shi­jun, head of the pro­gram.

In 2008, the In­sti­tute of Global Chi­nese Lan­guage Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion was es­tab­lished at the univer­sity with the support of Han­ban, the over­seer of Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes. It was the first place in the coun­try to cul­ti­vate ex­per­tise in teach­ing Chi­nese as a sec­ond lan­guage. Over the past six years, the in­sti­tute has trained some 12,000 teach­ers in Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture, both for­eign and Chi­nese. More than 450 stu­dents re­ceived master’s de­grees in teach­ing non-na­tive speak­ers.

“In the fu­ture, the in­sti­tute will fo­cus on pro­mot­ing the Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture by work­ing to­gether with Han­ban while the new col­lege will con­cen­trate on the train­ing of pro­fes­sional teach­ers in Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture. This will help meet the world’s in­creas­ing de­mand for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing China,” Tong said.

“As more and more for­eign­ers are learn­ing Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture, pro­fes­sional teach­ers who have both a solid Chi­nese cul­tural back­ground and a deep knowl­edge of a for­eign lan­guage are ur­gently needed,” said Xu Lin, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the of­fice of the Chi­nese Lan­guage Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Han­ban.

“The new col­lege will be­come an im­por­tant base for train­ing and dis­patch­ing such high-level tal­ents for spread­ing Chi­nese cul­ture around the world,” she said.

The Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute is named for the an­cient Chi­nese philoso­pher Con­fu­cius (551-479 BC). As a non-profit, gov­ern­ment-funded in­sti­tu­tion, its mis­sion is to help for­eign­ers bet­ter un­der­stand China and fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional cul­tural ex­changes through teach­ing Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture at univer­si­ties glob­ally.

Over the past decade, China has opened more than 470 Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes in more than 120 coun­tries and re­gions, with about 1 mil­lion regis­tered stu­dents. In ad­di­tion, more than 70 coun­tries have been ap­ply­ing to es­tab­lish new Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes, ac­cord­ing to Han­ban.

“In the next decade, we are look­ing for more good ways to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute in a stan­dard­ized and pro­fes­sional way. Mean­while, we also need a large num­ber of high-qual­ity teach­ers. In this re­gard, to en­hance the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­na­tional teach­ers of Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture could not be more nec­es­sary and im­por­tant,” Xu added.

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