Tag: Chinese

Hong Kong’s Audit Commission has asked the Education Bureau to prove the effectiveness of using Standard Mandarin (or Putonghua) as the medium of instruction in Chinese language classes before making it mandatory for all elementary and high schools in the city. According to the latest report by the commission on the bureau’s HK$8 billion Language Fund, the bureau spent HK$225...

The Toronto and York Region Labor Council (TYRLC) has released a series of videos aimed to help Chinese workers with limited proficiency with English confront worker’s rights, labor laws, and other work-related issues. The Toronto and York Region council is based out of Ontario, Canada, and “combines the strength of hundreds of local unions… mandate is to organize...

Chinese would be the third most common language spoken in New Zealand (NZ) if the NZ Chinese Language Week Trust goes along with its plan to not consider different Chinese dialects as distinct languages. Trust co-chairman Raymond Huo, a former Labour Party spokesman for statistics, said the ranking order of English, te reo Maori, Samoan, and Hindi as the...

During his visit to the UK, the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, attended the opening ceremony for the annual conference of Confucius Institutes in London, stressing the importance of maintaining UK-China relations through language and cultural understanding. The Confucius Institute is an organization affiliated with China's Ministry of Education that was created to promote the...

The 100,000 Strong Foundation, a national non-profit created in 2013 to dramatically increase the number and diversity of U.S. students studying in China and learning Mandarin, will lead the 1 Million Strong effort, a sweeping new initiative announced by President Barack Obama to expand to expand the number of U.S. students studying Mandarin by 2020 from 100,000 to 1...

The market potential of China's rising middle class is bringing big attention to the filmmaking world and the demand for quality Chinese language media. CNN reported that Warner Brothers recently struck a deal with China Media Capital (CMC) to create Flagship Entertainment Group in order to tap into a growing market for premium content in China. Warner Bros. will...

According to a recent study by researchers at the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University, Texas has seen a dramatic rise in the number of K-12 students studying the Chinese language. Researchers found that enrollment in Chinese language education grew by more than 2,000% between 2000 and 2015. Over the period of a decade and a half, enrollment in Chinese language...

In the wake of university student protests against multilingual instruction in South Africa, the South African education system announced plans to implement optional Chinese language classes in schools. The Chinese language is the latest of about a dozen new languages proposed for South Africa's education system, including German, Serbian, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Telegu, and Urdu. China and South...

As North Korea announced the creation of its own time zone, the leaders of the “hermit country” have again politically distanced themselves from the rest of the world. However, in the last decade, there has been a huge increase in interest in foreign language education as more trade jobs are opening up and students are trying to connect with...

Additions include nouveau riche and the WeChat social media app. The Chinese language regulator has approved of a new edition of the Standard Dictionary of Modern Chinese that includes over 100 new words of increasing importance in contemporary China. The new additions are telling of how Chinese society has transformed amidst economic boom and technology age. More...