Tag: Chinese

South Africa’s Plans for Chinese Language Education

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...

Language Skill Changes Lives in North Korea

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...

New Chinese Dictionary Reflects Modern China

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...

Launch of First Online Chinese Teacher Training Program

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) – an international university promoting Chinese language and culture and Academic Partnerships – a leading organisation supporting worldwide online learning have today announced the launch of the world’s first International Online Chinese Teacher Training Program (ICTP).The fully online program available at BLCU is aimed at training students to teach Chinese as a...

First Chinese Degree in Nigeria

The inexorable rise of Chinese in Africa is continuing with Nigeria’s University of Lagos starting its first degree program in Chinese. At least 25 students have been admitted into the University of Lagos in southwestern Nigeria to study the Chinese language at degree level in the institution. Duro Oni, the university deputy chancellor in charge of management services, disclosed...

Spanish, Arabic, French & Chinese Most Needed in UK

UK Report Identifies Language Needs Last month, the British Council published a report calling on UK policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child’s education.“Languages for the Future” identifies (in order of importance) Spanish, Arabic, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years....

400 Million Chinese Still Can’t Speak Mandarin

About 30% of the Chinese population, or 400 million people, cannot speak Mandarin, according to figures recently released by China's Ministry of Education, despite government efforts to promote a common language. Of the remaining 900 million Chinese who can communicate in Mandarin, also known as "putonghua," many do not speak it well, and the country still needs to invest...

129 New Chinese Guest Teachers for U.S. Schools

Over a hundred new teachers from China are ready to serve in the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, a collaboration between the College Board and China’s Confucius Institute. The program places qualified visiting teachers from China at schools in the U.S. for one to three years, in order to jump‐start or expand school Chinese language and culture programs. "As I extend...

First Chinese Scripts?

Archeologists in China are debating the significance of recently discovered inscriptions dating back 3,000 years. The Global Times, China’s state-run newspaper, reported that the inscriptions, unearthed at the Zhuangqiaofen archaeological site in the eastern province of Zhejiang, had been confirmed as the earliest record of Chinese characters. However, researchers are divided over whether characters found on artifacts at a Neolithic graveyard...

$100,000 Grant to Help Improve Chinese Language Instruction in America

Last year, Claudia Ross, immediate past president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), began designing a program to help expand the resources available to Chinese language teachers across America. This summer, after more than a year of planning, Ross and Baozhang He, associate professor of Chinese, in conjunction with CLTA, are ready to launch this initiative.The 10-day residential...