A Warm Welsh Welcome to Professor Li Dan

Cardiff University Confucius Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Li Dan, from the International Politics Department at Xiamen University. Li Dan joins the existing team at the Confucius Institute as the Academic director.

Since its launch in 2008, Cardiff Confucius Institute has delivered a wide range of Chinese language and teaching programmes to adult learners through the choices programme at Cardiff University and has also delivered a wide variety of cultural activities for adults and school pupils.

Professor Li commented “I am honoured and very excited about coming to Cardiff to lead the Confucius Institute to provide courses in Chinese language and culture to members of the community, public and private sector organisations and university staff and students. The Confucius Institute acts as a focus for those involved in China-related research and teaching and in the past few years, our CI has achieved great progress in promoting Chinese language and culture. As well as this existing work, I look forward to focusing on academic exchange programmes, the  international conference grant, PhD in China Fellowship, Joint PhD Fellowship, and the visiting scholar in China Programme.”

Cardiff Confucius Institute will offer new Chinese summer courses in June and July this year through the LEARN summer programme. Autumn part-time courses for adults will be advertised from July.  For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/confucius-institute

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Is your school committed to delivering and developing Chinese?

If your school has been actively engaged in delivering Chinese cultural activities or Language sessions then you may want to consider becoming a Confucius Classroom.

With funding and resources provided by Hanban, including a dedicated Chinese Language assistant, this is an ideal opportunity to further promote and develop Chinese Language and culture within your school and the wider community.

This opportunity is open to all Primary and Secondary schools in Wales

For a preliminary chat, please contact Rachel Williams on 02920 875216 or e-mail Confucius@cardiff.ac.uk

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Learn Mandarin!

Cardiff Confucius institute is pleased to be able to offer:

  • Afterschool and lunchtime Mandarin Clubs
  • China weeks –  to celebrate Chinese Language and Culture
  • China Days – a day of cultural activities and Mandarin language taster sessions
  • Welsh Baccalaureate weeks
  • Regular in-curriculum Mandarin sessions

Our experienced Chinese Language Tutors provide lively and engaging Mandarin language and cultural activities throughout Primary and Secondary schools in Wales at competitive rates.

A Warm Welsh Welcome to Professor Li Dan

Li DanCardiff University Confucius Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Li Dan, from the International Politics Department at Xiamen University. Li Dan joins the existing team at the Confucius Institute as the Academic director.

Since its launch in 2008, Cardiff Confucius Institute has delivered a wide range of Chinese language and teaching programmes to adult learners through the choices programme at Cardiff University and has also delivered a wide variety of cultural activities for adults and school pupils.

Professor Li commented “I am honoured and very excited about coming to Cardiff to lead the Confucius Institute to provide courses in Chinese language and culture to members of the community, public and private sector organisations and university staff and students. The Confucius Institute acts as a focus for those involved in China-related research and teaching and in the past few years, our CI has achieved great progress in promoting Chinese language and culture. As well as this existing work, I look forward to focusing on academic exchange programmes, the international conference grant, PhD in China Fellowship, Joint PhD Fellowship, and the visiting scholar in China Programme.”

Cardiff Confucius Institute will offer new Chinese summer courses in June and July this year through the LEARN summer programme. Autumn part-time courses for adults will be advertised from July. For more information visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/confucius-institute

Confucius Institute update April 2014

Chinese New Year 2014 – The Year of the Horse

This year is the Chinese year of the Horse, and the Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year with a number of events in Cardiff.

Cardiff Confucius Institute in partnership with the Welsh Government jointly hosted a new year’s eve reception on 30 January at the Senedd in Cardiff which was attended by the First Minister the Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM and Mr Cong Peiwu, Minister from the Chinese Embassy in London.  Guests came from across Wales and represented academia, business and cultural organisations with an interest in China, and the Chinese community in Wales.   Entertainment included a traditional Chinese Dragon dance, Chinese music performed by Chinese students studying at Cardiff University and a demonstration of Mandarin and a traditional Chinese Fan Dance performed by the pupils of Millbrook Primary School in Newport.  Both the First Minister and Minister Cong congratulated the school children performance and Minister Cong added that he was very impressed with their Mandarin skills.

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The Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year in the local community with family events at the Red Dragon Centre on Saturday 1 February, at the Cardiff Story Museum on Sunday 2 February and at Cardiff Central Library on Saturday 8 February.  Children made traditional Chinese decorations including lanterns and paper-cuts, coloured Chinese masks and dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes, and there was a Chinese calligraphy demonstration.  The atmosphere was lively as children and families found out about Chinese New Year and enjoyed the activities.

Staff Update

In February, we were sad to say goodbye to Prof ZHU Xueyi, who has been our Chinese Academic Director for two years, but pleased that she has not gone too far, and wish her well as she takes up her new post at Southampton Confucius Institute.  In March, we were delighted to welcome our new Chinese Academic Director, Prof LI Dan.  Prof Li has previously spent time in Wales as a visiting scholar at Aberystwyth and comes to us from the School of Public Affairs Xiamen University.  We are very pleased that our 6 new Chinese tutors have recently arrived from China and are settling into their schools around the country and to teaching at the University.

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Confucius Institute Round Table

In February, Executive Director Prof Anthony Beresford and General Manager Victoria Grant attended the annual Confucius Institute Roundtable Meeting at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in London.  Cardiff Confucius Institute was invited to give a presentation and Prof Beresford impressed representatives of Confucius Institutes across the UK with the range of our work.  Discussion ranged from teaching Chinese and Chinese exams, promotion of Chinese culture and supported study opportunities in China.  The debate was lively and productive, and the delegates agreed that future meetings would benefit from being longer so as to be more productive.

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International Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-Cities

Cardiff Confucius Institute, in partnership with Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning, held an International Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-Cities on 20-21 March.  Experts in research and implementation in this field from across the UK, Europe and China gathered to discuss developments and the application of low-carbon technology in city planning, an area of critical interest to countries all over the world.  We were particularly pleased to welcome Prof WANG Shaosen from Xiamen university, who gave a fascinating presentation on marrying the ancient and modern in developing low carbon living.  The presentations and debates well attended by colleagues and post-graduates from the University and with the unanimously positive feedback, the Confucius Institute is considering the possibility of supporting this area on an on-going basis.

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COMING UP

Study in China

Applications are now open for the Study China scheme which provides funded opportunities for full time students at UK universities to spend a month in China over the summer holidays.  All levels of ability are catered for, including complete beginners.  Please see the Study China website for details.  It is anticipated that places will be filled by early May so you are encouraged to submit your applications as soon as possible and certainly by the end of the Easter holidays.  Cardiff Confucius Institute is happy to assist you in making your application and provide pre-departure and language briefing.

Study Chinese with us over the summer

This summer we are again offering 3 week intensive Chinese courses running on three nights a week. Details are available form www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/summerlanguages 

Cardiff Confucius Institute now has a Facebook page – keep in touch!

New Hanban tutors arrive in Cardiff University

Cardiff Confucius Institute was delighted to welcome four new Chinese tutors from Hanban on 25 February 2014. The four new tutors will be based in three of Cardiff Confucius Institutes Confucius Classrooms –  St Cenydd Comprehensive in Caerphilly, Cathays High School and Lansdowne Road Primary School in Cardiff.

The tutors will be hosted by Cardiff Confucius Institute for two years and in that time will deliver Mandarin and Chinese culture classes throughout schools in Wales, as well as working within the Lifelong Learning Centre at Cardiff University to provide Language tuition to adult learners and undergraduates.

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The four new tutors are (left to right) Yuchuan Liu, Weili Wang, Jing Liu and Qi Ying

7th Wales China Schools Forum at Christ College, Brecon

On 10 February 2014 Cardiff and Lampeter Confucius Institutes hosted the Wales China Schools forum at Christ College in Brecon. The Forum was preceded by a training day for all Chinese speaking tutors and classroom assistants from Hanban, the British Council and local tutors.

27 Chinese tutors took part in the training which was provided by Eluned Davies-Scott from Cathays High School in Cardiff, and Lucy Huws from Ysgol Penglais in Aberystwyth, both of which are Confucius Classrooms.

Fanzhi Yang, one of the tutors from Cardiff Confucius Institute said, ‘We really value being able to come together as a group and share our experiences. Eluned and Lucy are very experienced and are full of good ideas which help us to plan practical lessons for pupils.’

Lucy and Eluned focussed on classroom management techniques, creating effective lessons, meeting ESTYN criteria and methods for teaching Mandarin across the curriculum.

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[Lucy Huws delivers a session about teaching Mandarin across the curriculum]

The Wales China Schools forum was pleased to be able to welcome Macmillan China, a well established educational publishing group who now provide training for teachers of Mandarin, and have delivered workshops in collaboration with Confucius Institutes in Manchester, Warwick and Leeds.  At our forum, Dede Wilson, the trainer delivered three sessions which covered speaking and listening activities, teaching methodologies and ideas for engaging Chinese learners in the classroom

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[The Wales China Schools Forum 10 February 2014]

Cardiff Confucius Institute celebrates the Launch of Aberconwy Confucius Classroom

Friday 24 January 2014 saw the official opening by Head Teacher, David Wylde, of the Confucius classroom at Ysgol Aberconwy.

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The Confucius Classroom launch celebration was attended by Cllr Sam Cotton, Mayor of Conwy and MP Guto Bebb, with representatives from the Welsh Government, the British Council and Cardiff Confucius Institute also in attendance.

The launch included musical performances, dance and a poetry reading from pupils at Aberconwy High School.  Following a Chinese lunch, guests were given a tour of the brightly coloured dedicated Confucius Classroom and were able to interact with pupils who were attending one of the many Mandarin lunchtime clubs.

a2With their dedicated teachers from China, Confucius Classrooms are able to offer Mandarin to pupils as part of their curriculum, as well as adapting subject areas such as History, Art and Geography to include fascinating insights into China. Chinese teachers at the Confucius Classrooms also extend their teaching activities to other schools in their catchment areas, making extra-curricular and more regular teaching of Chinese available to many schools that might not otherwise have the resources or funding to deliver such enrichment.

Mrs Ann Bradshaw, Deputy Head with responsibility for the Confucius Classroom said,

‘Today’s launch reflects the hard work of our teachers and tutors at Ysgol Aberconwy and we are delighted to have been awarded Confucius Classroom status. We have already seen the benefit of delivering Chinese activities within our school and other local schools and we look forward to being able to develop these activities further.’

Cardiff Confucius Institute hosts Mandarin Assessor Training

On 21 October 2013 Cardiff Confucius Institute hosted a Mandarin assessor training day for the Welsh Joint Education Council (WJEC) to enable 15 tutors from Lampeter and Cardiff Confucius Institutes to deliver the Mandarin Language component of the Welsh Baccalaureate (QCF) accreditation to pupils across schools in Wales.

The language course forms part of the ‘Wales, Europe and the World’ module of the Welsh Baccalaureate and students spend 20 hours learning Mandarin and gaining an understanding of Chinese culture.  Cardiff and Lampeter Confucius Institutes have been delivering the Mandarin Welsh Baccalaureate programme for the past five years.

The WJEC qualification in Languages (QCF) enables pupils to undertake language acquisition through purposeful units of work within a flexible and regulated qualification.

The training day focused on the way in which schools could be encouraged to deliver the module, the level of language input required and the way in which tasks are assessed. The WJEC encourages tutors to make language learning fun, and ideas for teaching methods were also discussed at the training day.

This training course was developed after Claire Parry had met with Xiaofen Li and Fanzhi Yang, two of Cardiff Confucius Institute’s tutors, to develop the entry level Mandarin units.

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