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UADY's Confucius Institute 2011 Activities Report

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UADY's Confucius Institute 2011 Activities Report

  1. 1. Content Requirement for the Submission of the Sixth Confucius Institute Conference Reference Materials Part One: General Information 2011 Confucius Institute at Autonomous University of Yucatan Mexico The Confucius Institute of UADY began operations in October 2007 after signing the agreement with HANBAN in November 2006and later with its collaborative partner, Sun Yat-sen University, in January of 2007. Located in the library building of the Campus of Social Sciences of the University in Merida, Yucatan, CI-UADY has the following facilities to ensure its major functions of Chinese language teaching: offices, classrooms, library and a multimedia self-study centre. MISSION: CI-UADY aims to promote the learning of Chinese Mandarin, to promote Chinese culture in Mexico and meanwhile organize various cultural exchange activities between China and Mexico. AGREEMENTS: The Autonomous University of Yucatan has signed agreements with the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (HANBAN) and Sun Yat-sen University. This joint effort has provided the Confucius Institute with strong support and strength in offering Chinese courses, such as defining the curriculum, sending Chinese teachers andteaching materials, etc.,and organizing cultural activities in the city of Merida. During 2011, Confucius Institute at the Autonomous University of Yucatan has significantly increased the number of students of Chinese and for the first time, Chinese courses are being included as part of the curricular subjects in two faculties of the University: Economics and Law. 1. Teaching activities (Courses, content, type/level, hours of instruction, teaching materials, and number of students) Chinese Courses Courses Number Content Hours No. Materials of per Students groups course 15 1. Learn pronunciation Introductory 26 229 Chinese for 2. Learn how to write 30 characters course Beginners 3. Being able to speak basic dialogues (CI-UADY) 4. Learn and experience Chinese cultura 1
  2. 2. Level 1 7 1. Study Chinese pinyin 2. Master the daily communication skills and the classroom phrases in Chinese. 3. Learn the basic composition rules of Chinese characters. 4. Learn how to write 80 basic Chinese characters. 56 110 New Practical Chinese 1 Level 2 4 1. Strengthen the correct pronunciation of students. 2. Master the basic structures of Chinese sentences and the correct use of Chinese characters. 3. Able to conduct basic daily conversations in Chinese using the four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing. 4. Increase Chinese vocabulary after learning the rules of composing Chinese characters. 5. Master the usage of 120 common characters and phrases. 56 46 New Practical Chinese 1 掌握 120 个常用词语 Level 3 2 1. Keep practicing and improving the Chinese pinyin 2. Study more Chinese grammatical structures. 3. Being able to develop more complicated and improve students’ ability to understand oral and written communication. 4. Master the usage of 200 characters. 56 18 New Practical Chinese 2 Level 4 2 1. Keep practicing and improving the Chinese pinyin. 2. Study more Chinese gramar. 3. Being able to understand and speak about topics related to culture, customs and traditions. 56 11 New Practical Chinese 2 2
  3. 3. 4. Master the usage of 350 characters Level 5 0 Level 6 1 1. Keep practicing and improving the Chinese pinyin. 2. Study systematic Chinese grammar and practice their usage. 3. Understand well the cultural points essential for effective communication in daily life and specific occasions. 4. Master the usage of 600 characters 1. Keep practicing and improving the Chinese pinyin. 2. Study systematic Chinese grammar and practice their usage. 3. Understand well the cultural points essential for effective communication in daily life and specific occasions. 56 0 New Practical Chinese 3 56 5 New Practical Chinese 3 4. Master the usage of 800 characters。 Summer Course for kids 3 1. Learn basic Chinese pinyin. 2. Learn basic conversations in Chinese. 3. Learn and experience Chinese culture. 60 44 Chinese Paradise Introductory Course for kids 1 1. Learn basic Chinese pinyin. 2. Learn basic conversations in Chinese. 3. Learn and experience Chinese culture. 24 9 Monkey King Chinese 1A Kids Level 1 2 1. Keep practicing Chinese pinyin. 2. Practice writing Chinese characters. 3. Improve oral communications in basic Chinese 4. Learn and experience Chinese culture. 26 23 Chinese Paradise 2A Total 37 416 495 In 2010 CI-UADY had 245 students and in 2011, the number of students has doubled. 3
  4. 4. 2. Cultural and other activities, training of local teachers of Chinese (number of trainings, number of participants and impact), developing of teaching materials, and applying of graphic teaching materials. During the year of 2011, CI-UADY has organized two China-Day Exhibitions to promote the Chinese culture in Merida Yucatan, one seminar entitled Dialogue of Sustainable Development in China and Mexico conducted by both Chinese and Mexican experts, and a series of conferences to promote the Silk-Road’s contribution to the development of the world’s art and history. In addition to the regular Chinese classes, we also opened a few new cultural classes including Chinese Calligraphy, Taijiquan, and Chinese Cooking class collaborated with a local Chinese restaurant. In June 2011, for the first timeCI-UADY sentits local Chinese teachers to participate in the teaching training programs organized by HANBAN. Date Activity Volunteer students No。 No。 Activities Impact Participants January 30th Fifth China Day 45 14 800 October 2nd Sixth China Day 50 14 700 April and October Chinese Cooking Class Teachers 1 350 March and October Chinese culture class:Chinese Tea Culture, Teachers 1 400 Participants enjoy the culture exhibition and learnt about how Chinese people celebrate the new year Participants learn about Chinese History and National Day. Also, they had the opportunity to practice calligraphy, painting and enjoy Chinese minorities’ dances. Students learnt the importance of Chinese festivals and the traditional food for each celebration. Students had the opportunity to familiarize with important cultural facts of the actual life in China. 4
  5. 5. Beijing Opera, caligraphy and Taichi Dialogue of Sustainable Development in China and Mexico September 29th November 22nd and 23rd January August March Cultural Dialogues on Silk-Road and Courses promotion Faculties at Two Chinese and two Mexican experts were invited to make academic presentations. 3 Spanish experts Executive Director Global Directors and Promotion of teachers CI Official Website Total 95 students 1 120 1 200* 2 *Expected number of participants 400 7 151 41 activities 2821 participants Give the students the opportunity to know similarities between Mexico and China relating to the sustainable development and create consciousness between them about this world problem. Let the students understand how the silk route promoted the cultural exchange between different countries, especially with China. Promote between local, national and international students the courses at the Institute as well as the cultural activities organized by CI-UADY. Students interact between them through the website and one student won the first prize at calligraphy contest and other student won the second prize at paper cutting contest. This year CI-UADY increased the number of participants at cultural activities and succeeded in opening Chinese courses as credit courses in two faculties of UADY. 5
  6. 6. Local Teacher’s Training Place Participants Date Activity June 27th Great Wall Chinese Training Beijing Language and Culture University 1 local teacher October 10th -16th Chinese Language Teaching Materials Training for Overseas Chinese Language Teachers Beijing Foreign Studies University 1 local teacher February-June and August-December Training of Local Chinese Teacher and Chinese volunteer teachers at CI-UADY CI-UADY 13 Total 15 Impact CI-UADY will install the software in the computers at the Languages’ Lab to let the students know and practice Chinese there. CI-UADY will prepare activities to familiarize teachers with more teaching materials by semester and to know more games and activities for doing in classes. Through observation of classes by pairs and discussion of teaching materials and activities, CI-UADY teachers had been able to improve their teaching quality and to learn from other teachers about special needs of Mexican students. Apply new techniques and materials at the Institute to improve the Chinese language classes. 3. Implementation of Headquarters key projects 4. Date May 12th Activity Chinese Competition Place Bridge National Autonomous University of Participants Impact 2 First time CI-UADY participated in the contest. Students were very exciting 6
  7. 7. May and June March Mexico (UNAM) CI-UADY HSK 1 HSK 2 HSK 3 CI-Scholarships Total CI-UADY about representing the Institute. 31 9 7 11 60 More than 90% of students approved the HSK 1, 100% of HSK 2 candidates approved the exam, and 100% of HSK 3 candidates approved. Nine students were awarded the Confucius scholarship to study at the University of Sun Yat-sen for one academic year from September 2011 to July 2012. Two students got the four-week scholarship studying at the same university in July this year. This year the demand for CI-Scholarships increased significantly as well as the HSK candidates. Part two: New Projects and Impacts New Project: Evaluation and update of Chinese language programs at CI-UADY No. 1 Project names Training of CI-UADY teachers Goal Stage(s) of Implementation Evaluation of current impact To improve the teaching quality so as to attract more students to learn Chinese as well as to maintain the present interest in learning the language. - According to the training plan, all the teachers first analyze the teaching effects of different levels of the previous and present semesters. -Adjust class activities and teaching materials to the content of each level. -Class observation and feedbacks among teachers. The teaching evaluation had given CI-UADY the opportunity to know their teaching advantages and disadvantages. Teachers are working very hard to improve their teaching methods and they have, during the training sessions, the chance to share and discuss their ideas. 7
  8. 8. -Conduct teaching evaluationsby students. 2 3 4 5 More than 60 students registered to this intensive Promotion of courses during May course and most of them To satisfy the CI-UADY opened three classes at continued to the regular Intensive Courses demand of the Institute, two classes at the course Level 1 at the at Summer courses for Faculty of Economics and one class Institute. beginners at a Public Technologic Institute. The Chinese class at Faculty of Economics is opened as credited optional course. Cultural courses Chinese Corner International Seminars To motivate students’ interest about China and its culture. To motivate students to keep studying Chinese To give them the opportunity to practice oral communication Promote the mutual understanding of Chinese and Mexican people. Promotion of different cultural courses to students. Besides the cultural class offered at the regular courses (one class), the CI-UADY offered 2 cultural courses (10 classes): calligraphy and taichi. Choose a place and time to have the club Promote the club between the students Choose topics to be discussed by session Select teachers to host the Chinese club Calligraphy course captured the interest of most students. Taichi course, on the other side, captured the interest of the local community. No too many students are participating at this moment. However, day to day increase the number of permanent participants at the activity. 300 participants Know if China and Mexico Dialogue of Sustainable share similarities of Development in China and differences between different Mexico topics as: culture, sustainable Cultural Dialogues on development, world Silk-Road economic crisis, democracy, poverty, etc. 8
  9. 9. Part three: Major events and media coverage 1. Major Events Date Activity Volunteer students No。 No。 Activities Impact Participants January 30th Fifht China Day 45 14 800 Participants enjoy the culture exhibition and learnt about how Chinese people celebrate the new year October 2nd Sixth China Day 50 14 700 September 29th Dialogue Mexico-China for Sustainable Development 4 experts 1 120 November 22nd and 23rd Cultural Dialogues at the Silk Route 3 experts 1 200* April, June Chinese Food teachers 12 229 Participants learn about Chinese History and National Day. Also, they had the opportunity to practice calligraphy, painting and enjoy Chinese minorities’ dances. Give the students the opportunity to know similarities between Mexico and China relating to the sustainable development and create consciousness between them about this world problem. Let the students understand how the silk route promoted the cultural exchange between different countries, especially with China. Students learnt what are the 9
  10. 10. and October Preparation Class September Promotion of Courses at Mass Media traditional food for special celebrations in China and learnt how to prepare Chinese dumplings and tangyuan. Directors Radio interview 2 Local radio and University radio gave IC-UADY, through interviews, some minutes to promote the Chinese courses as well as the cultural activity China Day. *Expected number of participants 2. Relevant comments and mainstream media coverage 1. “China Day” cultural activities Diario de Yucatán(See attachment 1.) Por Esto(See Attachment 2.) Website coverage of Diario de Yucatán(See attachment 3.) http://www.yucatan.com.mx/20111003/nota-7/181420-la-cultura-de-china--llega-a-los-merid anos.htm Website of Autonomous University of Yucatan(See attachment 4) http://www.uady.mx/sitios/prensa/boletin.html Website of Confucius Online(See attachment 5) http://www.chinese.cn/college/article/2011-10/14/content_354949.htm Website of Sun Yat-sen University http://ci.sysu.edu.cn/Item/448.aspx 2. International seminars 10
  11. 11. Por Esto(See attachment 6) Website of Autonomous University of Yucatan http://www.uady.mx/sitios/prensa/boletines/sep-11/30-sep-11.html 3. HSK News coverage of Xinhua Net http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2011-06/26/c_121586074.htm Website of Hanban Website of Sun Yat-sen University Website of Autonomous University of Yucatan 4. Course closing ceremony News coverage of Xinhua Net http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2011-06/01/c_121483914.htm Local news website in Yucatan http://www.sipse.com/noticias/105789-egresa-primera-generacion-instituto-confuc io-uady.html 5. Chinese cuisine class News coverage of Diario de Yucatán (See attachment 8) 6. Chinese course promotion Website coverage of Diario de Yucatán(See attachment 9) Website of Autonomous University of Yucatan http://sp.riuady.uady.mx/sitios/ic/default.aspx 11
  12. 12. Part four: Difficulties and Feature Plans Difficulty: Late approval of CI-UADY 2011Budget. The software for 2012 budget application does not work properly. Future Plans: Plans: Improve the teaching quality of Chinese language culture and Chinese cultural courses as well as to increase the number of cultural activities Increase the number of credit courses at the Faculties of the Autonomous University of Yucatan Offer the exam YCT to primary and secondary students Offer the HSK oral examination at the CI-UADY and promote the Institute as an Examination Center of Chinese language proficiency in the southeast area of Mexico Increase the number of participants in the Chinese Corner 12
  13. 13. Attachment 1 News coverage of ¨China Day¨ cultural activities on the local newspaper Diario de Yucatán: 13
  14. 14. Attachment 2 News coverage on the local newspaper Por Esto: 14
  15. 15. Attachment 3 News coverage on the webite of Diario de Yucatán: http://www.yucatan.com.mx/20111005/nota-7/181370-se-realizo-la-vi-expo-conoce-china-de-la-uady.htm 15
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  17. 17. Attachment 4 News coverage on the website of Autonomous University of Yucatan 17
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  19. 19. Attachment 5 News coverage of the website of Confucius Online: 19
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  21. 21. Attachment 6 News coverage on the local newspaper Por Esto: 21
  22. 22. Attachment 7 New coverage of Xinhua Net: 22
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  24. 24. Attachment 8 News coverage of Chinese cuisine class on the local newspaper: 24
  25. 25. Attachment 9 Chinese course promotion 25
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