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  • Irish Teachers Teaching Chinese?
    local teacher training projects to make Irish teachers teaching Chinese a reality In January 2012 two regional training centers were set up at University College Dublin and The Galway Education Centre providing multi phase training courses Some 253 participants have taken part in these training courses to date By expanding these training courses UCD Confucius Institute is working hard to address the strong demand for Chinese programmes in Irish secondary schools coupled with the severe shortage of qualified local Irish teachers of Chinese As a direct result there are already 52 Irish teachers independently teaching Chinese culture and language courses 4 teachers teaching such courses semi independently and at least 21 teachers planning to start such courses in the 2013 14 school year One of the relatively new aspects of this training has been the August 2012 UCD CII organised delegation of 28 Irish teachers who travelled to Shanghai to complete an intensive 2 week Chinese language and culture course in East China University Due to overwhelming demand this is being expanded this summer to take in a second class in Beijing with over 53 teachers making the trip to China this year The Confucius Institute is also actively pursuing the establishment of a Master s Degree Diploma in International Chinese teaching in 2013 or 2014 with the UCD School of Education The planning and implementation of this project is to provide a solid teacher base of Irish teachers who wish to acquire an international Chinese language teaching qualification with a nationally accredited degree diploma in preparation for Chinese language and culture becoming a Junior Cycle Short Course and later a Leaving Certificate subject in Irish post primary schools 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/item/130-irish-teachers-teaching-chinese (2016-02-09)
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  • Confucius Cup ‘Go’ Tournament Goes From Strength to Strength
    of intense competition the defending champion from Hungary Csaba Merro was again victorious with Chinese contestant Du Zebin and France s Fenech Antione taking second and third prizes respectively Professor Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute and himself a big fan of the game was on hand to present the prizes to the winners Compared to the first tournament this year s competition attracted more top class players During the games the level of skill was a wonder to behold with the experienced players using keen awareness and subtle moves to outwit their opponents showing their relative strength Apart from Go lovers from Ireland many enthusiasts came great distances to watch and learn from these masters of this ancient game some even travelling from as far as the United States Finland and Norway As one of the four traditional Chinese arts Go has won the favour of many Westerners There has been a strong momentum of development in the Irish Go Association In recent years Go clubs have been held regularly by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and attracted people from all walks of life including college professors software engineers and college students Professor Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute said Go is a treasure in Chinese traditional culture and reflects Chinese people s pursuit of wisdom The Go tournament held in Ireland is not simply a competition but also a bridge for an understanding and communication between Chinese and western culture The Confucius Cup Go Tournament held by the Confucius Institute is part of the process of promoting traditional Chinese culture in Ireland and we will continue to support and to promote the widespread launch of Go activities in Ireland helping people gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture Thanks for sharing About The

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/item/131-confucius-cup-go-tournament-goes-from-strength-to-strength (2016-02-09)
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  • Irish Ambassador to China honoured at 2013 Chinese Spring Festival Gala
    During the Gala event the Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to the Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher for his outstanding contribution to Sino Irish relations Pictured are L to R UCD President Hugh Brady Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills and Prof Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute The year of the snake is predicted to be a year of prosperity and peace and this was the biggest single event in the Chinese New Year programme in Ireland when around 2 000 guests thronged into the main auditorium of the Convention Centre Chinese Ambassador to Ireland H E Mr Luo Linquan Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher and several senior ministers of state ambassadors and leading business figures were in attendance Pic 2 Performers on stage at the Chinese Spring Festival Gala organised by the Chinese Embassy of Ireland and the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at the Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday 20th February The Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to the Ambassador of Ireland to China H E Declan Kelleher for his outstanding contribution to Sino Irish relations Introducing the Ambassador UCD President Hugh Brady said Ambassador Kelleher s valuable experience and knowledge has been crucial during these years of China s emergence as the world s newest superpower and he has made a huge contribution on a number of ground breaking projects during his 9 years as Irish Ambassador to China most recent of which was the very successful visits of Vice President now General Secretary Xi Jinping to Ireland in February 2012 and of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in March 2012 Prof

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  • Belvedere College play host to staff and students from Beijing sister school - Renmin University High School
    in school but also came and lived with their families to better experience their culture and Irish way of life The two groups of students believe that this form of communication and interaction plays a very important role in helping them to understand the culture of the other country to enhance the friendship between the students and enhance mutual understanding It is directly because of this special interaction of students from China and Ireland that Ireland s national television broadcaster RTE sent a crew to film the event and then broadcast it on national TV shortly afterwards The day before leaving Ireland at the invitation of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland RUHS and Belvedere College teachers and students gathered at the Ambassador s residence cordially received by Ambassador Luo Linquan Ambassador Luo listened intently to a statement by the representative of the students and teachers of RUHS to gain an insight into their time here and said he was pleased to hear that the students shared a mutually beneficial exchange of experience Ambassador Luo went on to say that RUHS and Belvedere College are both famous secondary schools and the positive relationship between the two schools students also serves to improve the positive relations between the two countries and improves the mutual understanding of each other s cultures It is clear that both schools will produce many talented individuals in the future Following these discussions the two groups of students joined the Ambassador in an exchange of ping pong diplomacy at his official residence learning the skills of table tennis laughing and joking with each other and posing for pictures with the Ambassador Belvedere College is one of Dublin s top secondary schools and has a long history with impressive achievements in science literature art music sports and other disciplines

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/item/134-belvedere-college-play-host-to-staff-and-students-from-beijing-sister-school-renmin-university-high-school (2016-02-09)
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  • Understanding the Chinese Business Environment
    sales of analogue and mixed signal semiconductor products Due to the increased market share in Asia and especially China Maxim Integrated s partnerships and trade with Chinese companies has increased rapidly creating an obvious need for Chinese language and business culture training within the group It was to satisfy that need that Maxim Integrated s H R department contacted the UCD Confucius Institute The participants received very comprehensive training throughout the day from the experts present covering such diverse and essential topics as Chinese social and cultural norms the cross cultural challenges for Irish companies in China the differences and similarities between Irish and Chinese business culture the Chinese legal environment an overview of the 12th Five Year Plan the Chinese business environment the services provided by the Chinese embassy how to quickly learn Mandarin Chinese and more Ms Zhang Shujing Economic and Commercial Counsellor from the Chinese embassy and Confucius Institute director Prof Liming Wang presented the training certificates to the participants Following the training UCD CI held a wine reception for the participants During the reception the participants continued to enquire about many aspects of Chinese business culture with great interest and discuss them with the relative experts Our questionnaire results indeed show that the content covered was exactly what was required greatly raised their understanding of Chinese business culture and will be very beneficial to the staff in their work going forward The questionnaires also showed that the keynote speakers were rated very highly and that they had prepared very comprehensive relevant and original content The style of the training itself was also lauded as it was felt that the inclusive interactive methods used encouraged the communication and discussion of ideas and this in turn lifted the atmosphere and improved knowledge acquisition Although the training lasted close

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/item/125-understanding-the-chinese-business-environment (2016-02-09)
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  • News
    Test Gallery Video Forum About Us UCD Confucius Institute Staff Members Contact Tag website CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE FOR IRELAND Category HomeSlides February 9 2016 A joint venture between the Office of Chinese Language Council International Hanban RUC and UCD Read more News Archive Year 2014 Year 2013 Year 2012 Year 2011 Year 2010 Year 2009 Year 2008 Year 2007 Year 2006 Contact Us UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland University College Dublin

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  • St. Paul's and Creative Labs - Chinese Characters Learning Aid Project Supported by UCD CII
    keen and supportive having seen the importance of using different learning methods through her own study of Mandarin Chinese with UCD CII This in turn was reflected in her students comments on the course I thing the programme is fun and beneficial Shannon Kelly TY It s an interesting and fun programme in school really helps to understand and learn Chinese culture very enjoyable Dean Murphy TY Andrew Killeen from Creative pointed out the finer features of the devices saying The Creative Shenbi magic pen product is an Android touch screen electronic tablet It provides simple exercises for students to learn the most commonly used Chinese characters To adequately read a Chinese newspaper for example you will need a 2 000 word vocabulary Under a stress free setting students can practice writing the words at their own time and pace The device illustrates the stroke order allowing the student to trace out the character electronically on the screen using a stylus The speaker on the device gives the correct pronunciation and the student can repeat the word through the in built microphone Niamh Fahey and Lauren Donnelly 1st prize winners show off their fabulous Creative prizes with James Kenny UCD CII Andrew Killeen Creative and their teacher Kim Barrett Also featured is the Creative Shenbi touchscreen tablet the students used at St Paul s Following the first three months using the Creative Chinese Writing Tablets the students in St Paul s completed a survey on the Chinese course and use of the device This provided some interesting feedback Some of the key points from the respondents indicated that learning Chinese requires daily practice and that an understanding of the written Chinese characters is important in learning the Chinese Language Half of the students surveyed believed that Chinese should be included

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/item/8-st-paul-s-and-creative-labs-chinese-characters-learning-aid-project-supported-by-ucd-cii (2016-02-09)
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  • Graduation Ceremony for Evening Course Students in 2012
    User February 9 2016 On 30 November 2012 nearly 50 students attended their evening course Graduation Ceremony in UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland CII and proudly received their graduation certificates 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 and Chinese calligraphy A delicious Chinese food reception was served at the graduation ceremony CII teachers briefly introduced Chinese table manners and helped the students to learn about Chinese food culture A Chinese karaoke competition was held after the ceremony where the Irish showed they can put in great performances with a microphone too singing both English and Chinese songs with their Chinese teachers well into the night 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 2010

    Original URL path: http://cii.ie/cii/news/item/105-graduation-ceremony-for-evening-course-students-in-2012 (2016-02-09)
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