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529 s t udent s f r om 23
countries in five continents.
ey not only learned more
of the Chinese language,
martial arts, calligraphy,
traditional handcraft and
painting but also visited
the Great Wall, the Forbid-
den City and other places
of interest. They were very
excited about being able to
use their Chinese language
skills to talk with Chinese
people during their visit.
Maria, from Chile, said
it i s a great , innovat ive
idea to hold the summer
camp as a reward for those
who achieved good grades
in the Chinese proficiency
test. Through the experi-
ence in China, we students
have developed better un-
derstanding and interest in
the language and culture.
She added that the mem-
bers of the camp all hope
to meet again in Beijing
someday.
(Cheng Ye)
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NEWS FROM THE HEADQUARTERS
Confucius Institute
VOLUME 16 | NO.5 SEP. 2011
the Confucius Inst itute
bilingual magazine. Some
guests even asked for the
subscription information
hoping to learn more about
China and Chinese culture
through the magazine. e
presentation of the maga-
zine at the forum is expect-
ed to further increase the
number of distinguished
readers and strengthen its
inf luence on France and
even the world.
(Chen Mengwen)
e first "Chinese Culture and Com-
munication" training class for teachers
concluded at Beijing Normal University
on August 21. The training class was
jointly hosted by Hanban, the National
Education Steering Committee of MTC-
SOL (Master of Teaching Chinese to
Speakers of Other Languages) and the
Institute for Advanced Study of the Hu-
manities and Religion at Beijing Normal
University, attended by 40 teachers from
36 Universities, which has set up the
Master degree of Teaching Chinese to
Speakers of Other Languages all over
the country. Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of
the Standing Committee of the National
People's Congress, and Xu Lin, Director
General of Hanban, attended the open-
ing ceremony and graduation ceremony.
“Chinese Culture and Communica-
tion” is one of the core courses for students
of MTCSOL. To broaden students' visions
and increase the awareness and skills in
spreading Chinese culture, the training
class included masters' lectures, case study,
discussions, practices in preparing lessons
and giving lessons, 19 scholars from China
and abroad, including Xu Jialu, Tu Weim-
ing, Zhao Shiyu, An Lezhe and others
were invited to the training class. They
gave 20 lectures on topics ranging from
Chinese culture and intercultural commu-
nication to comparison between Chinese
The First "Chinese Culture and Communication"
Training Class forTeachers Concluded
PROJECT
and Western philosophy, from communica-
tion strategies of Chinese culture to Chinese
history, etc.
In addition, trainees had 17 group discus-
sion sessions in which they shared the cultur-
al course information of their own schools,
drew up the syllabus and made demonstra-
tion teaching plans for the course “Chinese
Culture and Communication”, and finished
a written text in 60,000 words answering 34
questions frequently asked for Chinese teach-
ers and volunteers with regards to contempo-
rary Chinese "hot topics".
For the first time, the training class is
aimed to give intensive training for interna-
tional Chinese language teachers. This is a
reform of the MTCSOL courses. e train-
ees all felt the superb lectures by the world-
class scholars widened their horizons and im-
proved their educational qualifications. The
work of drawing up the syllabus and making
teaching plan together has helped the train-
ees achieve better unity in understanding
and established a good foundation for the
development of future teaching research.
e academic degree of MTCSOL was set
up in 2007, in order to train well educated,
highly appropriate, inter-disciplinary interna-
tional talents with high proficiency in Chi-
nese language, a solid knowledge of Chinese
language and culture, a high level of foreign
language proficiency, and better intercultural
communicative competence.
(Shao Bin)
The trainees having group discussion. Photo by Beijing Normal University