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Fourth International Conference on Chinese Language Education

Over 200 experts, scholars, teachers and language educators from all over the world attended online The Fourth International Conference on Chinese Language Education today (14 July), organised by the Department of Chinese Language Studies (CHL) of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). During the two-day conference, the participants shared the latest achievements of Chinese language education in recent years and discussed its future direction to promote the development of Chinese language education. 


Delivering keynotes addresses were four scholars: Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) and Provost of EdUHK; Professor Pamela Leung Pui-wan, Professor (Practice) of CHL of EdUHK; Professor Chew Cheng-hai, former Head of Chinese at the National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University; and Professor Lo Ming-tung, Head of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Hong Kong Baptist University. The conference covered a wide array of local and global topics, from classical Chinese literature learning to contemporary education perspectives. 


The conference also featured three symposia and 19 sessions by scholars from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Thailand and other regions, who exchanged views on new trends in Chinese language education in the regional and global contexts.


Addressing the conference, EdUHK’s Vice President (Research and Development) Professor Chetwyn Chan Che-hin said, "EdUHK has always placed great importance on the development of teaching and research. Through the sharing of research results by experts and scholars, I believe that we create knowledge and promote the sustainability of Chinese language education around the world and enhance our research influence in related fields."


On the same occasion, EdUHK’s Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor John Nguyet Erni,  mentioned that one of the themes of the conference was exploring how to apply allusions and history to modern education. "I believe prospective teachers at EdUHK will be able to learn and apply them in their teaching," he said.


Dr Liang Yuan, Acting Head of CHL at EdUHK, reported on the recent work and achievements of the Department in promoting Chinese language education. She also announced EdUHK’s plan to launch a new book series, titled "The Routledge Series on Chinese Language Education", in collaboration with internationally renowned publisher Routledge. The co-editors of the series include Professor John Lee Chi-kin; Professor Tong Ho-kin, Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Chinese Language and Education of Faculty of Humanities of EdUHK; Professor Liu Lening, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the Chinese Department Program of Columbia University in the United States; Professor Yuan Boping, Fellow of Churchill College of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and Dr Liang Yuan. Dr Liang said she hoped the series would promote the international development of Chinese language education.


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