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  • The First Demonstration Class Contest on Chinese Culture and Language Hosted By UCD Confucius Institute
    contest included Ms Rongrong Guo from University College Cork Confucius Institute Ms Jun Ni from Dublin Institute of Technology Mr Stephen Mc Ardle president of the Chinese Teachers Association of Ireland Mr Yongqiang Cai deputy director of the UCD CII and Ms Xiaohong Li a Chinese teacher from the UCD CII Mr Xiaochuang Wu from the Embassy of the People s Republic of China in Ireland delivering his opening speech The final contest featured three creative teachers who presented their brilliant ideas in helping their students understand Chinese culture and language The three finalists represented an excellent cross section of the fee paying and non fee paying female and mixed secondary schools in Ireland Their teaching topics ranged from Chinese food and drinks to sports and numbers The contestants combined Chinese culture teaching with language teaching by designing many interactive class activities One contestant taught the students the food vocabulary first and then organised a role playing game in which the students were asked to play either the waitress taking notes from a Chinese food menu or the customer ordering Chinese food and drinks One contestant brought some kitchen utensils to the classroom and taught the students how to cook Chinese fried rice Another contestant used hand signals to help students practise numbers and asked the students to count with shuttlecocks The teachers from the UCD CII were impressed by the contestants teaching skills and brilliant ideas especially the way the contestants organised the classroom activities with the help of the Teaching Pack The students who joined the Chinese culture class also gave positive feedback One of them said I really enjoyed the Chinese class Rather than only watching the slides we put the work into action It was really a lovely experience for me A contestant demonstrating her Chinese

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/4-the-first-demonstration-class-contest-on-chinese-culture-and-language-hosted-by-ucd-confucius-institute (2016-02-09)
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  • Graduation Ceremony for Evening Course Students
    of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII kicked off the proceedings with his welcome address Three students from the evening courses then delivered speeches and shared their experiences with other students Before the delicious Chinese food was served the CII teachers briefly introduced Chinese dining etiquette and helped the students to learn about Chinese food culture During the dinner the teachers organised a table quiz about Chinese culture and there was also a raffle Prof Liming Wang director of the UCD CII drew the winning raffle number and the winner received a voucher to attend the next semester s cultural course free of charge Since 2006 more than 1600 students have benefited from the evening courses offered by the UCD Confucius Institute These courses include Mandarin Chinese in beginner post beginner intermediate upper intermediate and advanced levels Chinese martial arts Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy Starting from next semester the UCD CII will hold Chinese cooking courses showing you how to cook delicious authentic Chinese food Tagged under photo blog news Thanks for sharing Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/9-graduation-ceremony-for-evening-course-students (2016-02-09)
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  • UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Welcomes the Confucius Institute Headquarters Delegation
    November the delegation visited the location of the proposed new building for the UCD CII To promote the Chinese language academic study and public awareness of Chinese culture in Ireland and to strengthen educational cultural and business links between both countries a new 2000sq metre building was proposed in 2010 to support and enable the activities of the UCD CII The new building will have a prominent lake side setting located at the heart of the UCD campus The delegation also paid a visit to the New O Brien Centre Student Centre James Joyce Library and the newly built UCD Sutherland School of Law They were especially impressed by the world class infrastructure in the Sutherland School of Law such as the student centred breakout spaces and the dynamic auditoria for lectures and moot courts The delegation paid a site visit to the proposed new building for UCD CII On 21st November the delegation visited the UCD CII regional training center at the Galway Education Center Then they returned to UCD campus and visited the CII office where the delegation met the UCD CII Chinese teachers Prof Liming Wang briefly introduced the overview operating systems and main achievements of the Institute since its inception in 2006 The delegation paid great tribute to the efforts the staff from the UCD CII have made to promote Chinese language and culture in Ireland The president of UCD and the vice president of Renmin University of China exchanged gifts During the visit Dr Hugh Brady Prof Huiling Yang and Prof Liming Wang expressed their positive attitude towards the construction of the proposed new building for UCD CII Under the leadership of both Dr Hugh Brady and the director of the UCD CII and thanks to the efforts from all staff the UCD CII has

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/56-institute-headquarters-delegation (2016-02-09)
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  • The Third Irish Secondary School Principals' Trip to China
    this was the third Irish secondary school principals trip organised to date On 28th October the delegation visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing where they loved the interactive cultural displays The principals enjoyed traditional Chinese art forms such as Chinese face changing paper cutting Chinese calligraphy Peking opera and various Chinese musical instruments under the guidance of the officials from the Confucius Institute Headquarters On 30th October the delegation visited the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University The principals particularly enjoyed observing the Chinese students in an English class and had a good time chatting with the students about their studies What followed was a hugely informative introduction to the Chinese education system given by Mr Li Ma Vice Principal of the high school which prompted a lively two way discussion on various details of both the Chinese and Irish education systems The principals were greeted with great warmth and enthusiasm by their Chinese hosts in each of the schools visited On 1st November the delegation visited the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China RDFZ Through the talk with the teachers from RDFZ the principals got a deeper understanding of the difference between the two countries education systems and teaching methods Apart from the educational visits and academic seminars the Irish principals also visited the Forbidden City the Great Wall the Temple of Heaven the Lama Temple a number of the Olympic Stadia and the 798 Art Zone in Beijing The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland will continue to organise these trips each year amid the growing demand for Chinese Studies in Irish secondary schools and the need for closer partnerships and exchanges between Irish and Chinese educational institutions Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/57-the-third-irish-secondary-school-principals-trip-to-china (2016-02-09)
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  • Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai visits University College Dublin
    University College Dublin On 29th October Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai visited the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research Training NIBRT in University College Dublin During the event Dr Reg Shaw CEO of NIBRT introduced the training programmes offered by NIBRT and looked forward to the collaboration between Chinese institutes and NIBRT Prof Hugh Brady President of UCD and Prof Liming Wang director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII joined the event Mr Ma Kai who is responsible for economic policy and oversees the People s Bank of China is the most senior Chinese leader to visit Ireland since President Xi Jinping who visited Ireland as Vice President in February 2012 During the event Prof Hugh Brady and Prof Liming Wang talked about the history and the current situation regarding the collaboration between Chinese universities and UCD pointing out that the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is the first Confucius Institute established in Ireland Mr Ma Kai appreciated all the efforts which have been made to promote the cooperative relationship between Chinese universities and UCD and was very interested in the number of students in UCD CII as well as the future development of the institute At the end of the visit Mr Ma Kai presented traditional Chinese silk as a gift to Prof Hugh Brady and Dr Reg Shaw and expressed his wishes for greater cooperation between Chinese universities and UCD in the future Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative Teaching Experience Seminar for CII UCD Confucius Institute organised its first Chinese Exam Winter Camp Launch of the Expert Group Overseas Chinese Teachers Training Programme by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland News Archive Year 2014 Year 2013 Year 2012 Year 2011 Year

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/58-chinese-vice-premier-ma-kai-university-college-dublin (2016-02-09)
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  • A Gateway to China: Workshop On Chinese Food & Tea Culture
    an extraordinarily important event for foreign business people By teaching students Chinese dinner table etiquette and manners this workshop not only served as an opportunity for students to experience Chinese food tea culture but also prepared the students for their future careers Michael MacDonnell Director of the Quinn School of Business and Prof Liming Wang Director of the CII joined this workshop and enjoyed the dinner together with the students They both paid tribute to the colleagues for organising this wonderful workshop and regarded BComm Chinese as an excellent starting point for the students business career Michael MacDonnell also shared his experience of using the chopsticks with the students and encouraged them for the following chopstick contest Prof Wang delivering a speech and introducing Chinese food culture In the chopstick contest four students formed each group and they had to use chopsticks to pick jellybeans up and eat them The first group that finished all the jellybeans would win The contest intensified as the students grasped the technique of using the chopsticks and they were intensely focused on picking up the jellybeans In the end the winning group was awarded with traditional Chinese gifts A student from UCD BComm Chinese demonstrating how to use chopsticks During the dinner the students asked many questions about China s four major schools of cooking how to be a host and how to propose a toast Many traditional Chinese cuisines were served at the table for example Kung Pao saute diced chicken pork in sweet bean sauce Beijing roast duck etc Good food good time and good people said one 2nd year student praising the workshop during the dinner At the end of the evening students spoke highly of this annual workshop held by the UCD CII which not only gives them an opportunity

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/49-a-gateway-to-china-workshop-on-chinese-food-tea-culture (2016-02-09)
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  • The Chinese Proficiency Test
    The papers will be corrected in Beijing China and within one month after the test the examinees can access their test scores on the internet The next HSK test will be organized on 12th April 2014 The new HSK test is the standardized international Chinese proficiency test taking non native speakers as its object and directed at testing examinees capability in applying Chinese language in their studies personal life and work What distinguishes the new HSK test from others is that it focuses on developing and testing an examinee s ability to apply Chinese in practical real life situations and also sets explicit study objectives allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals Its strength lies in its principle of combining testing and teaching and it is a very reliable indicator of the students Chinese language proficiency one of the organizers from the CII said Dr Lan Li deputy director of the CII expressed her support for the launch of the HSK computer based test and is eager to introduce it to Ireland as soon as possible With the development of technology it is an undeniable fact that typing Chinese outperforms writing Chinese characters in many aspects It s more efficient more advanced and more popular It can also test the learner s understanding of the Pinyin system and improve their ability to recognize the characters while they try to type them on the computer She encouraged more Chinese learners to take part in the new HSK test so that they can have a chance to evaluate their language proficiency as well as promote their learning through examinations One examinee who took the HSK Level 3 said that I found that preparing for the intermediate exam improved my everyday listening and reading a

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/59-the-chinese-proficiency-test (2016-02-09)
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  • Open House for Evening Course Students on the Mid-Autumn Festival
    Autumn Festival is also an occasion for family reunion and has the nickname Chinese Thanksgiving The day is also known as the Moon Festival as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest and people will eat special mooncakes while watching the full moon During the event Professor Liming Wang Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland kicked off the proceedings with his welcome address Then three students from last year s evening courses delivered speeches and shared their experience with the new students Traditional Chinese mooncakes were also served at a food reception to give the students their first taste of the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival Since 2006 more than 1500 students have benefited from the evening courses offered by CII These courses include Mandarin Chinese in beginner post beginner intermediate upper intermediate and advanced levels Chinese culture and society Chinese business culture Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy The open house for evening courses welcomed the new students of this session and offered an opportunity for them to exchange ideas with the former students A Confucius Institute evening course student practising Chinese calligraphy UCD CII Staff party for Chinese Mid Autumn Festival On 20th September the entire staff of the Confucius Institute at UCD gathered together watching the full moon enjoying Chinese cuisine together eating mooncakes and singing songs The teachers were queuing up to get the microphone having a singing competition well into the night Since 2006 the teachers from the Confucius Institute in line with the aim to promote Chinese language education and the promotion of cultural exchanges have been making great efforts to help Irish students better understand the traditional culture of various Chinese festivals There was a very warm response from the students and schools and the Institute will

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/61-open-house-for-evening-course-students-on-the-mid-autumn-festival (2016-02-09)
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