South Island Chinese Teachers’ Workshop Held in Christchurch
On 23rd September (local time), a South Island Chinese teachers’ workshop was jointly held by CIUC and the New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association Canterbury (NZCLAC). Forty-six Mandarin Language Assistants (MLAs) attended along with six teachers from NZCLAC. The workshop was sponsored by Australia United Investments and Properties PTY LTD and was also supported by the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Christchurch.
Dr FU Jiwei, a Chinese Consultant for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, demonstrated the rapid development of Chinese language teaching in New Zealand by giving a number of statistics. By the end of 2016, there were 395 primary and intermediate schools offering Chinese language lessons with 57 421 students. Chinese is experiencing the fastest growth of all the second-languages offered in primary and intermediate schools of New Zealand. This is in part due to the excellent achievement of the teachers working here.
The teaching training consisted of four lectures which were given by Dr FU Jiwei, Ms Feng, president of NZCLAC/ Mandarin teacher at Christchurch Boy’s High School, Juliet Kennedy, a teacher at Wellington Boy’s High School, and Wendy Chen, the Mandarin teacher at Rotorua Boy’s High School.
The topic of Dr FU Jiwei’s lecture was How to Teach Chinese Characters. He suggested combining Chinese culture with teaching Chinese characters in order to make learning the characters more fun. Juliet Kennedy talked about Differentiation in the Language Classroom where she advocated differentiating students depending on their diverse personalities, learning habits, and even gender. Wendy Chen and Ms Feng gave us two separate lectures on the topic of How to Design an Effective Chinese Language Class and How to Maintain Classroom Discipline. Lecturers communicated well with the teachers by organising group discussion, presentations and Q&A session, through which teachers and MLAs gained a better understanding of teaching Chinese in New Zealand.
In the evening, the Education Consul at the PRC Consulate in Christchurch ZHAI Jianjun hosted the dinner. Twenty-seven MLAs and teachers are due to leave in December and they were all awarded a certificate by Mr ZHAI Jianjun. He said that he appreciated their effort and devotion to Chinese language teaching in the South Island of New Zealand.
After the training, CHENG Xi, an administrative teacher for Hanban, expressed everyone’s feelings by quoting Hemingway: If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you. Theone-year life experience in New Zealand will accompany everyone in the future and continues to strengthen the education communication between China and New Zealand.