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  • Local Teacher Feedback Workshop, UCD CII, December 2nd 2011.
    discussing the changes for the Teaching Pack The discussion was lively and very well informed with some excellent suggestions and innovative ideas put forward by the Irish teachers It was concluded that the Teaching Pack is very comprehensive and that only one more topic need be added taking into account the keen interest Irish students have in what their peers are doing day to day in China a topic will be added which will focus on Chinese secondary school students lifestyles In addition to this the Irish teachers suggested that special worksheets could be added to some topics which would engage the students more in the active learning process and make the entire approach more student centred Irish students love hands on activities and to learn through creative methods thus it was suggested that more of these activities can be added and the Irish teachers generously put forward several ideas and plans of their own incorporating elements such as art cooking creating their own characters that symbolise their names doing projects on their favourite Chinese topics architecture music film stars historical figures dynasties etc counting in Chinese while kicking Jianzi and so on There was also unanimous agreement that large scale activities would be very popular This would involve the CII organising an exhibition activity in a location such as UCD and schools would be invited to come and bring their students to watch and take part The ideas mentioned included a Kung Fu exhibition a Table Tennis exhibition competition screenings of popular Chinese films Chinese cooking workshops and a Jianzi competition played on a tennis court Pic 2 One of the groups in the third local teacher training session in deep discussion Feedback is of course also being collected from the students themselves and from our own teachers and

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  • Ireland‘s Second Confucius Classroom Launched in Belvedere College S.J.
    to Ireland and Dr Liming Wang Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at the launch of Belvedere College S J s Confucius Classroom Friday 18th November Gerry Foley principal of Belvedere College S J said the school started teaching Chinese culture and language as a TY module four years ago as has been going from strength to strength since with the emphasis having shifted to the teaching of Mandarin from 1st and 2nd year eventually foreseeing Mandarin being taught from 1st to 6th year The benefits to the lives and futures of the students are substantial in a number of ways both measurable through the learning of the language and the doors this opens and immeasurable through the life experience gained says Mr Foley explaining why the Chinese classes and school trips are so important to the students Just as important are the international relationships fostered through our Jesuit connections and this completes a full circle from 1582 when Fr Matteo Ricci was called to Macau on his Jesuit mission He said over 100 pupils had already benefited from taking Chinese lessons and a number of boys had had travelled to Beijing last December to experience Chinese culture first hand and study in tandem with Chinese students Pic 2 Launch of Confucius Classroom at Belvedere College S J Dr Liming Wang director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland said the Initiative follows from a three year pilot programme The scope of the Chinese language and culture programme has really become a nationwide endeavour with schools from Sligo to Wexford and everywhere in between now numbering close to 50 schools and growing fast he said The speeches were followed by 1st and 2nd year Belvedere boys performances of Chinese poems and songs and addresses from past pupils detailing their

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  • UCD CII holds 18th Confucius PhD Forum
    forum Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Dr Liming Wang announced that from then on the James Joyce PhD forum should be renamed the Confucius PhD Forum In relating his experience over the years in Ireland Dr Wang s humorous speech not only brought these Chinese students a feeling of warmth from their homeland but also created an informal friendly and interactive atmosphere to the forum Pic 2 UCD President Dr Hugh Brady addressing the Forum UCD President Dr Hugh Brady also made a speech in which he reviewed the history of University College Dublin over the past 100 years and particularly emphasized the academic communication and exchange between UCD and Beijing based universities since the twinning agreement was signed between the two cities of Dublin and Beijing Dr Brady mentioned UCD s intention of establishing cooperative schools with Beijing based universities and expressed his welcome and support to the excellent Chinese students studying in Ireland Prof Cathal Brugha from the School of Business and Prof Patrick Walsh from the School of Politics and International Relations also presented their erudite speeches to the forum attendants The two professors shared their working experience from the perspective of academic research and all the attendants benefited from their vivid explanation of profound theories Pic 3 Fengjuan Wang introducing her research on The Trojan Effect of Nanotoxicity In the end representatives of international students Fengjuan Wang from the School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology UCD and Mingjia Yan from the School of Bio systems Engineering UCD made two presentations entitled The Trojan Effect of Nanotoxicity and A Brief Introduction to Sustainable Development and Life Cycle Assessment The two outstanding speakers shared their research experience and helped other attendants solve various difficulties by answering their questions in relation to their research which was

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/89-ucd-cii-holds-18th-confucius-phd-forum (2016-02-09)
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  • UCD-CII Holds the 2nd Training Program for Irish Secondary School Teachers
    teach Chinese language and culture independently after a short period of training and is therefore highly commended and warmly welcomed by Irish teachers This T P has been evaluated and approved by the NCCA and is currently being used in 40 Irish secondary schools nationwide which is a significant step towards including Chinese language and culture into the education system of Irish secondary schools To help Irish teachers familiarize with and learn the use of this T P on Sep 3rd 2011 the UCD CII held the 1st Training Program on Teaching Chinese Language and Culture introducing the using instructions of the T P In order to enable Irish secondary teachers to independently organize more cultural activities the UCD CII organized the 2nd Training Program on Oct 12th where local teachers learned about the historical Chinese food and tea culture and traditions by tasting Chinese food and participating in a chopstick competition Pic 1 Local teachers enjoying the pleasure of learning new vocabulary in a real language environment under the guidance of Chinese teachers Before the food tasting Miss Xiaodong Li of the UCD CII gave a brief introduction to Chinese table manners and introduced local teachers into the pleasure of learning corresponding vocabulary in a real language environment Later teachers of the UCD CII organized an interesting chopstick match during which participants were divided into groups of 3 and asked to eat peanuts by using chopsticks only the group which finished eating all the peanuts using the least time won the match Participants were fully involved in the fierce competition and the 3 winning teachers were awarded exquisite gifts from the Confucius Institute Pic 2 Miss Xiaodong Li from the UCD CII is introducing the use of chopsticks to secondary school teachers who attended the training program Pic 3

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  • UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Held the Sixth Chinese Food Culture Workshop for College Students
    Studies students took part in this exciting activity with their Chinese teachers from the UCD Confucius Institute In this traditional Chinese restaurant the students were put in a real Chinese language environment where they learned various terminologies related to Chinese food culture They were also involved in discussions with their teachers on the relationship between Chinese food culture and business culture a topic that they had learnt in class and developed further understanding of in the workshop Next an exhilarating chopstick contest started Picture 1 The intensive chopstick contest four students formed each group and they had to use chopsticks to pick peanuts up and eat them The first group that finished all the peanuts would win The contest intensified as the students grasped the technique of using chopsticks and they were intensely focused on picking up the peanuts In the end the winning group was awarded with traditional Chinese gifts Picture 2 The winning group with traditional Chinese gifts Dr Liming Wang Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland introduced Chinese table etiquette and manners and announced the start of the traditional Chinese meal 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 Picture 3 Doctor Liming Wang gave examples of how to propose a toast in China At the end of the activity students spoke highly of the annual Chinese Food Culture Workshop held by UCD CII which not only treats them with tasty food but also puts them in the atmosphere of Chinese tea culture and etiquette giving them the valuable personal experience of Chinese food culture Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese Teachers from UCD CI Participate in the Collaborative

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/91-ucd-confucius-institute-for-ireland-held-the-sixth-chinese-food-culture-workshop-for-college-students (2016-02-09)
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  • Dignitaries and VIPs Gather for UCD Confucius Institute For Ireland Made In China Film Festival Launch
    Centre Omniplex for the first Confucius Institute for Ireland Made In China Film Festival The audience for the official launch was captivated by the movie Assembly on the big screen at the Swan Omniplex in Rathmines Co Dublin The Confucius Institute Made In China Film Festival is just one of the projects developed to celebrate the Institute s 5 th Anniversary this month Pic 1 Left to right Prof Michel Picard Dr Wang Liming and Dr Hugh Brady enjoying the reception at the Made in China Film Festival launch In addition to the seven films in the theatre and a forum on modern Chinese cinema and the rapidly expanding Chinese film industry the film festival also presented the first ever online Chinese Film Festival in Ireland Pic 2 His Excellency Ambassador Guo Jinlong giving his speech during the launch ceremony We encouraged viewers to engage with the project and offered opportunities to comment on the films and connect with other viewers online said Confucius Institute for Ireland Director and CII Made In China Film Festival Director Dr Liming Wang We were delighted at the response to both the cinema and online offerings The feedback we received was truly encouraging Six films and four animated shorts were offered online through the website www madeinchinafilmfestival com Pic 3 Two guests at the launch ceremony delighted with their traditional Chinese gifts presented to all the VIP guests at the launch Pic 4 The audience listening intently to the speeches during the launch ceremony Pic 5 A guest at the opening ceremony enjoying the Confucius Institute promotional material provided to everyone at the event 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

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/92-dignitaries-and-vips-gather-for-ucd-confucius-institute-for-ireland-made-in-china-film-festival-launch (2016-02-09)
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  • Chinese Language and Culture Enters Irish Secondary School System; UCD-CII Holds National Training Programme for Irish and Chinese Teachers
    The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland held the Chinese language and culture training programme on Saturday September 3rd to introduce the Teaching Pack to Irish Chinese teachers In the training session experienced secondary school teachers from Ireland introduced the Chinese Language and Culture in the Transition Year Guidance for Irish Secondary School draft and gave a demonstration class on Chinese Economy one of the 13 different culture models contained in the Teaching Pack Chinese teachers from the CII presented a model class of the first lesson of Chinese Language and explained in detail the structure and content design of the Teaching Pack and how to use it in a Chinese culture class Irish teachers were organized into groups to give simulated trial classes with the Teaching Pack afterwards and instant feedback was given and collected by the other groups and supervisors They also practiced traditional Chinese art forms such as Chinese knots Chinese tea making paper cutting Tai Chi and calligraphy under the demonstration and instruction of Chinese teachers in an absorbing interactive culture workshop At the end of the training session the UCD Confucius Institute presented a copy of the Teaching Pack to all the Irish teachers who had participated in the training programme The training programme has received overwhelming welcome and acclaim from Irish secondary school principals and teachers They gave credit to the development of the Teaching Pack which they believed was true to the daily life and interests of Irish secondary school students and consistent with the foreign language teaching ideas and methods for secondary schools They praised its multi media content and its user friendly design The Irish teachers believe that all these features help to remarkably accelerate the promotion of Chinese language and culture in Transition Year The Irish teachers strongly welcome more training

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/93-chinese-language-and-culture-enters-irish-secondary-school-system-ucd-cii-holds-national-training-programme-for-irish-and-chinese-teachers (2016-02-09)
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  • Mayor of Beijing Municipality, H.E. Mr Guo Jinlong Attends the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland
    exhibited in the O Reilly Hall The Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Dr Liming Wang hosted the event He announced the greeting message from Madam Xu Lin the Director General of the Confucius Institute Headquarters to start the ceremony which expressed her best regards and great confidence for a better future of UCD CII The Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII Dr Hugh Brady then addressed the event to welcome guests from Beijing and friends of UCD CII on behalf of the faculty and students of UCD Dr Hugh Brady and Mr Guo exchanged their visions and plans on the Dublin Beijing International University project formed during their meeting in Beijing last month Both hope to develop long term cooperation between UCD and Beijing University of Technology through each party s strengths and efforts to establish a unique international campus Dr Brady also praised highly the achievements of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland since its establishment five years ago He emphasized the crucial role the UCD CII plays as a bridge between China and Ireland Minister Ruari Quinn stressed the stronger than ever Sino Irish relationship which led to the twining of Beijing and Dublin in June 2011 He expressed the strong confidence that through this link an even stronger cooperation will be witnessed on aspects of education business tourism and foreign direct investment between China and Ireland The Irish government will provide full support to the Dublin Beijing International University project Minister Ruari Quinn presented the first ever Confucius Medal to H E Mr Guo Jinlong on behalf of University College Dublin and UCD CII which symbolizes the recognition of great contributions to Sino Irish relations especially educational cooperation and exchange This honour will be awarded once every year Minister

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