CISU hosted the Western Cape Chinese Teaching Symposium Successfully

On October 12, 2018, the Western Cape Chinese Teaching Symposium co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University and the Education Section of Chinese Embassy was successfully held at Stellenbosch University. The symposium is aimed to bring together education officials, principals of schools, Confucius Institute representatives and Mandarin teachers to discuss the advancement and challenges of Chinese teaching in the Western Cape, and exchanging practices and insights on how to improve and promote the teaching at the schools and local communities in this area. Directors and teachers of Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University, Confucius Institute at University of Cape Town and other four Confucius Classrooms, principals and teachers of local schools, lecturers from Modern Foreign Language Department of Stellenbosch University and education officials, in total 40 people, attended the symposium.

Mr Maliwa giving keynote speech

Mr Wang Daoyu, first secretary (Education) of Chinese Embassy in South Africa, Mr Makwezi Maliwa, chief education specialist of Cape Winelands Education District, Ms Jean Human, principal of Simon’s Town School and Ms Mary de Man, Mandarin teacher at China International School in Cape Town were invited to do keynote speeches at the symposium. During the main discussion sessions, attendees focused on the issues of “Staffing and Sustainability” and “Teaching and Learning”. They offered advice on the development of Mandarin courses in primary and secondary schools, the sustainability of Hanban dispatched teachers and the possibility of cultivating local teachers. The participating educators shared the characteristics of South African students, effective methods of classroom management, and training experience for teachers.

 

Attendees discussing the issues

This year marks the 10th anniversary of CISU. As a communicator and practitioner of Chinese language and Chinese culture, CISU is committed to provide a platform for dialogue and exchange between the two peoples and educators. The symposium reviewed the current situation of Chinese teaching, put forward the direction of collaboration, and deepened the understanding of the educators in China and South China.

Attendees taking a group photo