Bangor Confucius institute Hosts Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese as an International Language
The Confucius Institute at Bangor University, in collaboration with the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS), has successfully concluded a three-day virtual Conference on Teaching Chinese as an International Language in the Time of COVID: Opportunities, Innovations and Development. The Conference was organised by (BCLTS) and hosted and co-organised by the Confucius Institute.
Delegates from over nine countries across Europe and Asia gathered online to share ideas, research experience and best practices in the field of Teaching Chinese as an International Language. Over 43 different paper presentations covered topics on Contexts and Second Language Acquisition, Creativity and Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and Language and Content Integration for specific purposes. The delegates enjoyed two specially invited sessions on Business Chinese and HSK and Mandarin Excellence Programme, alongside lunchtime concerts and virtual social rooms.
On behalf of the organisers, Lina Davitt, Director of Bangor University's Confucius Institute, said,
'During the last three days, we enjoyed many interesting and inspiring presentations, and I believe many excellent experiences have been shared and good lessons learned. We were amazed that the accumulative number of delegates attending individual panels and sessions was over 1300!'
Lijing Shi, Chair of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society, said,
‘This international conference serves multiple purposes, such as exchanging knowledge and informing teaching practices. It is an important platform for practitioners to showcase their teaching and research excellence, and to learn from each other, despite the hurdles caused by COVID-19. This conference exemplified two essential qualities for overcoming the difficulty caused by the pandemic – creativity and collaboration. On behalf of all BCLTS members, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Bangor colleagues Lina, Kunyan, Isabel and Nerys, for your professionalism, collaborative spirit and kindness.’
Feedback from delegates was overwhelming positive, who left comments that they enjoyed ‘the overall organising capacity, the time management, online support and collaboration.’
Though originally planned to be an in-person event in 2020, the virtual 2021 conference made use of digital technologies which have also been essential in the move to online teaching over the past year. This also allowed a wider variety of accessibility to the conference, as presenters and delegates joined together from across the world.
Publication date: 14 July 2021