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Confucius Institute Takes Part in Chinese Language Teacher Association of Texas Annual Conference


Date: 10/31/2012

On October 21, 2012, two of the visiting faculty for the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, Hongfeng Deng and Gang Meng, attended the annual conference for the Chinese Language Teacher’s Association of Texas at Awty International School in Houston.  They joined close to 100 Chinese teachers from all over the state of Texas to exchange experiences and ideas about teaching Chinese in unique rural and urban settings.  Presentations covered topics such as pedagogy, methodology, syllabus development, classroom management, games and multimedia in language teaching and the use of online resources.  Education Consul Baiyu Xu, from the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston attended the conference and offered welcoming remarks.

 
Christopher Livaccari, the Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society, delivered the keynote speech: “How Chinese Became a World language: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Mandarin” in which he emphasized the role and importance of an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of China and Chinese culture in Chinese language teaching.
 
The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M hosted the conference in 2010 and plans to host to conference again in 2013.  The CI intends to continue supporting such initiatives that provide opportunities for Chinese language teachers in the state of Texas to network, share ideas and further develop professional skills and techniques.  


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