UCA and Arkansas School Districts Welcome New Hanban Chinese Teachers

On July 8th, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI) held a welcome luncheon for seven new Hanban Chinese teachers at the Student Center of the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).

Dr. Steven Runge, Provost of UCA, Mrs. Laura Young, Associate Provost of UCA, Mrs. Jane Ann Williams, Associate Provost, Dr. Maurice Lee, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Phillip Bailey, Chair of World Languages and Culture, Ms. Ashley Pettingill, Director of International Engagement (IE), Mr. Michael Rowland, Ms. Ann Crosser from Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), superintendents, principals and mentors from school districts attended the event.

At the beginning of the luncheon, Provost Steven Runge gave a short but warm speech. He welcomed the new Chinese teachers to Arkansas. Then, Mr. Michael Rowland gave a brief introduction of the development of Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program to all attendees. He said it is a great honor to have the Chinese teachers in Arkansas and the district schools are truly glad to have Chinese class, Chinese culture experience.

After the welcome luncheon, UCACI hosts one week orientation for the new teachers, inviting Dr. Shoudong Feng, Dr. Dong Xie, professors from College of Education, and Mrs. Jamie Bird from Conway Junior High School to give them workshops about culture adaptability, American education and foreign language teaching skills in American schools. After that, the five new Hanban Chinese teachers will participate in the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator License (APPEL) training at UCA from July17th to August 1stwith local teachers. This training is especially designed for those who are to teach in Arkansas K-12 schools. The new teachers will begin their Chinese classes in mid-August.

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Arkansas Educators Group Visits the Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education at ECNU

May 16th, 2014, Arkansas Educators Group visited the Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education at East China Normal University (ECNU). The members of the Arkansas Educators Group include Harold Lloyd Criswell (Deputy Director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education), Shelley Mehl (Vice President of University of Central Arkansas), and other 6 educators. Dr. Youqun Ren, Vice President of ECNU, Dr. Yongyi Wu, Dean of International College of Chinese Studies, Dr. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCA Confucius Institute were present at the reception.

The 2014 Summer Arkansas Educators Group’s visit to China is organized by UCA Confucius Institute. Participants will visit ECNU in Shanghai and Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou. They will also go to Beijing to visit Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

 

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Two Chinese teacher at Bentonville High School Received Bentonville High School 2014 Teacher Appreciation Award

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On April 23, Two Chinese teacher at Bentonville High School, Hui Qu and Lu Chen, received Bentonville High School 2014 Teacher Appreciation. Teachers are nominated by students who showed outstanding progress in the past year. Dr. Poore, Superintendent of Bentonville School District and Dr. Scott, Principal of Bentonville High School attended the ceremony. In his speech, Dr. Poore particularly thanked two Chinese teachers for their contribution to the school and positive influence on students.

Arkansas College and High School contestants participated in the 2014 Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition (U.S. southern states) at Dallas

April 28, 2014, UCA student Merrick Fagan and Cabot High School Student Grant Reed participated in the 2014 Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition (U.S. southern states) at Dallas. They both won Honorable Mention prize.

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Chinese Calligrahy Class at the Faukner County Library

On April 19, UCA Confucius Institute gave a Chinese calligraphy class at the Faulkner County Library. Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI, taught the participants basic knowledge of Chinese calligraphy. And participants practiced one Chinese character "yong", which means "forever" and contains eight basic strokes of Chinese character.

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UCACI Invites Professor Hua Zhang from Hanzhou Normal University to Give Lecture at UCA

DSC_0393April 7th, 2014, invited by UCA Confucius Institute (UCACI), Professor Hua Zhang from the College of Education at Hangzhou Normal University gave an academic lecture on the “Curriculum Reform in China” at UCA.

The lecture was held at UCA College of Education. Faculty and graduate students at the College of Education attended the lecture. Professor Zhang focused on the historic legacies, current debates, and future directions of China’s curriculum reform. The report aroused great interests among attendees. During the discussion session, participants asked various questions, stated their views Chinese curriculum reform and education, and listened to Professor Zhang’s replies.

After the lecture, accompanied by Dr. Zhuang, Director of UCACI, Professor Zhang visited UCA campus and Confucius Institute.

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2014 Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Arkansas High School and College Students Successfully Held at UCACI

April 5th, 2014, Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI) successfully hosted the 2014 Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Arkansas High School and College Students.

Eight contestants selected from UCA and five school districts in Arkansas participated in the contest. Merrick Fagan from the University of Central Arkansas won the first prize in the college students group. Grand Reed from the Cabot High School won the first prize in the high school students group. They will compete in the Chinese Bridge – Chinese Competition for students in the American Southern States to be held at Dallas on April 27th. From there they will have the chance to be recommended to participate in the final competition in China in July 2014.

The competition began at 2pm. Dr. Bailey, Chair of Department of the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Jia Zhu from the same department, Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI, and Dr. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCACI worked as judges. Dr. Zhuang gave an opening remark. The competition was divided into three parts: Chinese speech, Chinese cultural knowledge and Chinese Culture talent show. The topic of the speech is “Me and Chinese”, and contestants shared the reasons and experience of learning Chinese, expressing their interests in Chinese learning and love for Chinese culture. In the talent show round, contestants performed Chinese songs, Chinese calligraphy and painting, and played Chinese traditional instrument Guzheng. The wonderful talents won applauses from the audiences, who were from UCA, school districts, as well as local community. At the end of the competition, Chinese teachers and parents of the contestants joined the judges and contestants to take a group photo, recording this special experience.

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UCACI hosts Peking Opera Culture activity at the Faulkner County Library

On March 29, 2014, UCA Confucius Institute hosted a Peking Opera Culture activity at the Faulkner County Library. This is the first activity of the "Adventure in Chinese Culture" series activity hosted by UCACI in collaboration with the Faulkner County Library.

Participants learned some basic knowledge on Peking Opera, and did a great job painting their own Peking Opera masks.

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Professor Minsheng Huang from College of Resources and Environmental Science, ECNU, Attends the “Leaders of The World” International Leadership Program at UCA

March 3 to 7, 2014, University of Central Arkansas (UCA) organized the “Leaders of The World” International Leadership Program, and UCA Confucius Institute (UCACI) was the co-sponsor (co-organizer) of the program. Invited by UCA, Professor Minsheng Huang from East China Normal University (ECNU) attended the program and delivered a key-note speech on pollution control in China and his research.

At the“Water & Wastewater Management”  panel in the morning of March 4th, Professor Huang gave a speech on pollution control in China and his research. He first introduced the pollution problems in China and means and progress China has made in solving those problems. The he focused on his research topic “Wastewater treatment, aquatic environment quality assessment and eco-remediation”. Dr. Ben Cash from UCA Biology Department gave high praise to the speech. The speech also aroused great interests among attendees from over 10 countries and regions, who engaged in active discussions with Professor Huang.

On March 6, Professor Huang attended the lecture by Brad Lacy, President of Conway Chamber of Commerce. He conversed with Mr. Lacy with topics like Conway’s urban planning and public administration. In the afternoon, Professor Huang visited the Conway Sanitation Department of Conway Corporation. He had in-depth discussion with the staff. Later, he also inspected the water quality of Arkansas river.

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