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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/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

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  • The Third Irish Teacher Training Day
    in Ireland More than 50 Irish secondary school teachers and principals attended the training session experienced Chinese language and culture and joined the CTAI The Training Day commenced with UCD CII director Prof Liming Wang s brief introduction of the aims and principles present situation and future development of Chinese teaching in Ireland UCD CII has been working hard to address the strong demand of Irish Chinese teachers for Chinese programmes as the popularity of Chinese language and culture courses in the Transition Year programme in Irish secondary schools has continued to grow rapidly Afterwards Prof Liming Wang announced the launch of the Chinese Teachers Association of Ireland CTAI and invited the founding president of CTAI Stephen Mc Ardle to deliver a speech The association aims to build relationships between Chinese teachers from different schools and therefore advance the teaching of Chinese language and culture at all different levels The training sessions were designed for two different groups the beginners and the intermediate level Chinese teachers In each group the teachers from the CII shared their Chinese teaching skills and teaching resources Two experienced Irish teachers Mr Declan Benet and Ms Áine Mc Alpine joined the discussion and exchanged their ideas on teaching Chinese with the participants In the afternoon the Irish teachers were organised into groups to experience the Chinese Language and Culture Teaching Pack which is consistent with secondary school teaching concepts and methods and extremely user friendly Afterwards in the absorbing workshops on Chinese Culture and Folk Art the participants practiced traditional Chinese art forms such as Chinese knots Chinese tea making paper cutting Chinese calligraphy Chinese dancing and various Chinese musical instruments under the demonstration and instruction of Chinese teachers from the CII Thanks for sharing About The Author Super User Close Related Articles Volunteer Chinese

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/62-the-third-irish-teacher-training-day (2016-02-09)
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  • Asian Economic Panel 2013 held in University College Dublin
    UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland The conference runs from September 2 to September 3 2013 gathering over 20 presenters and discussants from Finland Germany UK Japan China USA Sweden Australia Korea France and Ireland Professor Liming Wang Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland kicked off the proceedings with his welcome address Brenda Halligan Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs delivered the opening address and sent out his sincere wishes The conference included eight sessions with each session composed of the presentation of the paper comments from two discussants and a round of open discussion During the two day conference experts and scholars exchanged their ideas on big issues in Asian economy today Their discussions and exchanges on these fundamental and critical themes created a very passionate atmosphere Asian Economic Panel 2013 was jointly sponsored by Earth Institute Columbia University New York Keio University Tokyo Korea Institute for International Economic Policy Seoul University of California Davis and Association for Chinese Studies in Ireland 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

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  • UCD Confucius Institute organized 2nd Irish Local Teacher training in China
    on 4th August 2013 making the group the biggest of local teacher training from Ireland This is an intensive 2 week Chinese language and culture course in East China Normal University which is one of the top teacher training universities in China During their 2 weeks stay in China these teachers were given emersion Chinese classes and practical workshops including calligraphy paper cutting and Chinese knotting Visiting famous attractions such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower ERA acrobatics show and Zhujiajiao also impressed the teachers with fisrt hand experience of Chinese culture UCD Confucius Institute established training projects for Irish teachers since 2010 By the end of 2012 13 school year there were 56 teachers delivering the Chinese culture and language course independently The figure shows that among the schools that have been running Chinese culture and language course over 50 of them are relying on Irish local teachers instead of teachers from China The compatibility is making Irish teachers teaching Chinese a reality 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

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  • My Chinese Dream
    The Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy Mr Wu Lijun the Second Secretary of the Chinese Embassy Mr Wu Xiaochuang the Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Prof Liming Wang students from all the universities involved student s parents and friends representatives from the Irish Chinese community and representatives from many areas of Irish society attended this key event Everyone in attendance was engrossed in the marvellous performances and in the end 6 students from various Irish universities took home the 1st 2nd and 3rd place prizes During the talent show section of the competition the contestants performed an array of Chinese themed skills poetry readings from Chinese originals and translated foreign versions Chinese tongue twisters Chinese songs stories of Chinese idioms Chinese dance and even a traditional Chinese Tea ceremony The contestants standard of pronunciation fluency of expression sense of humour creativity and sincerity won bursts of applause from the audience The Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy Mr Wu Lijun praised the standard of the contestants in his speech afterwards saying I would like to congratulate the contestants Your performances were natural and inspiring in Chinese to describe your extraordinary flair for language we say it is like floating clouds and flowing water Youth is an important force for cultural exchanges and cooperation and in these Chinese Bridge contestants I see great hope for the future of Sino Irish exchanges Through the bridges of language and culture getting a taste of Chinese culture and thought and an understanding of Chinese society you will be able to become conduits between China and the west and especially messengers of friendship between our two peoples bringing about exchanges and cooperation towards a better and brighter future 1st prize winner Max Erpelding will travel to China to take part in the Chinese Bridge

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  • Irish and Chinese Meet Again Across the Table Tennis Table to Battle for The Confucius Cup
    The tournament was divided into men s and women s groups and the men s group was further sub divided into two groups Chinese players and Irish players The Irish group included several competitors from the current Irish national team including the current Irish number one and a number of top ten players The experts impressed in the highly competitive arena with one climax after another countless tricky angles carefully crafted fine arcs and equally amazing lightening smashes all showing the strength and skill of the players The men s final eventually came down to a showdown between the Chinese player Li Shizhao and Irish champion John Murphy After a fierce battle the Irish player won the championship despite a stunning performance from the 17 year old Chinese player while third prize went to a competitor from Northern Ireland A Polish competitor won the women s championship with second and third places going to contestants from the Irish Wheelchair Association Due to their outstanding performances on the day 11 year old Chinese girl Jacqui and 12 year old Irish boy Kevin especially impressed the audience and shared a special Encouragement Award This year s Confucius Cup table tennis competition was supported by the Chinese Embassy in Ireland the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Ireland and was organised by Chinese table tennis enthusiasts Na Ning and Huang Xin Confucius Cup table tennis competitions not only enrich the cultural and sporting life of the overseas Chinese Chinese students and Irish entrants alike but also provide a platform for interchanges between table tennis enthusiasts from the two countries After the games one excited player said I really like to play table tennis and the tournament gives me an opportunity to share and learn new skills

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/129-irish-and-chinese-meet-again-across-the-table-tennis-table-to-battle-for-the-confucius-cup (2016-02-09)
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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

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