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  • Biggest Ever Spring Festival Gala in Ireland Co-hosted by UCD Confucius Institute
    main auditorium From L to R Madam Qiao Li Mr Enda Kenny An Taoiseach Mr Luo Linquan the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland and Dr Liming Wang Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Special guests included the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Mr Luo Linquan An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny Mr Ruairi Quinn Minister for Education and Skills and several senior ministers of state ambassadors and leading business figures A very rare Lion and Dragon dance performance welcomed the guests as they entered the wonderfully decorated lobby of the Convention Centre and with the traditional musical accompaniment this made for a rousing start to the evening Dragon dance performance in the lobby The performances included an eclectic mix of opera solo duet and choral pieces dazzling acrobatics graceful dancing and mystifying magic These were performed by top stars from all over China including the Shanghai Peking Opera Theatre Shanghai Song and Dance Troupe Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe Shanghai National Orchestra and introducing Chinese star Dou Dou Huang on his first visit to Ireland to perform this year A highlight for our Institute and the Irish guests were performances from Irish secondary school Loreto Bray s students and UCD BComm with Chinese Studies students singing Chinese songs guaranteeing all ages were enthralled At the event the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland announced three new Confucius Classrooms in Irish schools Clongowes Wood College S J Blackrock College and Loreto College Foxrock These classrooms are dedicated Chinese learning environments and are established in schools nationwide with a particularly strong vision for Chinese language education Students in schools with Confucius Classrooms can study Mandarin and Chinese cultural studies These are in addition to the close to 50 schools nationwide delivering Chinese culture and language in association with the Confucius Institute Dr Wang Liming Director of the

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/123-biggest-ever-spring-festival-gala-in-ireland-co-hosted-by-ucd-confucius-institute (2016-02-09)
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  • The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Organises Chinese Culture Classes for Undergraduate Students
    by step and then they started to paint independently allowing their creative side to come into play With the guidance of Mr Zhang those Irish students who had no foundation in Chinese water ink painting succeeded in creating their own water ink paintings in just one class Professor Zhengjuan Liu a martial arts expert with a Level 7 martial arts certificate took another culture class introducing the charm of traditional Chinese martial arts to the students and guiding them into the pleasure of practicing martial arts The students really enjoyed Professor Liu s majestic performance Later the students gathered around Professor Liu in a semicircle listening to the instructions and practicing the movements Picture 2 With the professor s guidance they applied the Yin and Yang theories and their dialectical relationship which they learned from previous culture classes into the process of learning Chinese martial arts therefore they not only experienced this ancient Chinese cultural tradition on their own but also gained a better understanding of the background knowledge At last Professor Liu organized an interesting activity among the students learning the basic martial arts self defense Picture 2 Students practicing Chinese martial arts in their Chinese culture class In order to enable the students to experience the unique charm of Chinese traditional music the UCD Confucius Institute also organized another culture class centred on the Guzheng a traditional Chinese musical instrument and invited Miss Qianqian Cao to deliver a live performance The students were enchanted by the beautiful melody of the Fisherman s Night Song an ancient Chinese musical masterpiece and were amazed by Miss Cao s excellent performance Later Miss Cao invited one of the students to the front of the class and taught him to play the tune Auld Lang Syne on the Guzheng Within 10 minutes

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/11-the-ucd-confucius-institute-for-ireland-organises-chinese-culture-classes-for-undergraduate-students (2016-02-09)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/87-local-teacher-feedback-workshop-ucd-cii-december-2nd-2011 (2016-02-09)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/88-ireland-s-second-confucius-classroom-launched-in-belvedere-college-s-j (2016-02-09)
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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://www.ucdcii.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

    Original URL path: http://www.ucdcii.ie/cii/news/90-ucd-cii-holds-the-2nd-training-program-for-irish-secondary-school-teachers (2016-02-09)
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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

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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

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