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  • Spring Festival Gala of Ireland 2014
    audience with their beautiful Chinese During the Gala the Confucius Medal was awarded by Minister Ruari Quinn to Mr Hailin Sha for his outstanding contribution to Sino Irish relations Pictured are R to L Prof Andrew J Deeks UCD President Mr Xiaochuang Wu the first secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills and Prof Wang Liming Director of the UCD Confucius Institute The Liaoning Art Troupe gave its debut performance in Ireland providing a wonderful occasion for Chinese communities and Irish friends to jointly celebrate the Year of the Horse They brought the audience a variety of dazzling artistic performances including graceful dance solo duet and choral musical pieces traditional folk music thrilling Kung Fu fascinating face change opera and jaw dropping acrobatics During the gala the Confucius Medal was awarded to Mr Hailin Sha by Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills Mr Hailin Sha member of the standing committee of the municipal committee of Shang City head of the United Front department in Shanghai was the Chinese ambassador to Ireland from 2002 to 2005 The official civic twining of Shanghai and Cork City and the promotion of the relationship between China and Ireland have been due in no small part to Mr Sha s wise counsel and active support The Confucius Medal is to honour those who have made great contributions to China Ireland relations especially through communication and cooperation in education It was awarded to Mr Jinlong Guo mayor of Beijing in 2011 and H E Mr Declan Kelleher Ambassador of Ireland to China in 2013 The Year of the Horse is predicted to bring good luck and success to all The 2014 Spring Festival Gala of Ireland featured top artists and professionals from China who performed with

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/7-spring-festival-gala-of-ireland-2014 (2016-02-09)
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  • UCD Confucius Institute provides Chinese Consumer Culture and Language Training for Brown Thomas
    and language The six training sessions targeted six different groups with about 20 staff from various departments of Brown Thomas attending each session During the training Ms Xiaodong Li analyzed the consumer behavior attitude and motivation of Chinese customers and taught the trainees some simple Chinese expressions such as how to say hello ni hao thanks xie xie etc Through case studies and group discussions the trainees discussed with Ms Li how to deal with the misunderstandings caused by different cultures and how to establish a positive consumer relationship with Chinese customers After the training the trainees continued to enquire about many aspects of Chinese consumer culture with great interest and discuss them with the teacher The staff interviewed expressed that the training content was exactly what was required greatly raised their understanding of Chinese customers and will be very beneficial in their work going forward The style of the training itself was also lauded as it was felt that the inclusive and interactive methods used encouraged the communication and discussion of ideas The trainees felt the time went quickly and expressed the hope that the training should be continued in the future This is one of many such training programmes provided by the UCD CII for Irish companies From its inception in 2006 the UCD CII has completed a comprehensive survey on Irish companies doing business with China and has discovered the challenges and obstacles that they face Based on this knowledge UCD CII has developed a systematic and specific Chinese business and language training programme and delivered it in various formats to well known Irish companies and enterprises such as CRH plc the ICA and Maxim Integrated while in the process making a very positive contribution to the development of trade and economic relations between Ireland and China

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/6-understanding-chinese-customers-ucd-confucius-institute-provides-chinese-consumer-culture-and-language-training-for-brown-thomas (2016-02-09)
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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://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/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://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/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://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/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

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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

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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://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/item/59-the-chinese-proficiency-test (2016-02-09)
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