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International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language


Professor Si Chung-mou, Head of the Department of Chinese Language Studies (CHL) at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), shared his insights on teacher training with experts from mainland China and Taiwan at the Fourth International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, held on 30-31 May 2018.

Fifteen academic and teaching staff from CHL attended the International Conference, where they presented papers and held in-depth discussions on topics such as innovative technology, international Chinese teaching, teacher training, second language acquisition, testing and evaluation with scholars from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States.

The group also witnessed the academic achievements of the students in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language programme by attending their overseas field experience graduation ceremony, and visited Kang Chiao Bilingual School (Xiugang Campus) in New Taipei City, where they exchanged ideas with school management on the development of the internationalisation of Chinese language education. Meanwhile, a mutually beneficial partnership was established between EdUHK and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) on issues related to organising academic conferences and publishing academic work. The group also conducted a site visit to the Centre for Educational Resources and Publishing at the National Academy for Educational Research in Taipei. The visit demonstrated the academic strengths of CHL and promoted the development of the internationalisation of Chinese language teaching.

The Fourth International Conference on Teaching Chinese was jointly organisd by EdUHK and NTNU. The main purpose of the annual conference is to establish a platform for scholars and teachers in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language to exchange experience and ideas, and to share research on the current state of, and innovations and developments in, the teaching of Chinese as a second language. Also discussed at the conference were issues relating to teaching Chinese as a second language, such as the International Baccalaureate and advanced placement.