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The 12th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Arkansas High School and College Students Successfully Held at Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas

April 6, 2013, the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI) held the Chinese Bridge — Chinese Proficiency Competition for high school and college students in Arkansas.

22Six contestants selected from UCA and secondary schools in Arkansas participated in the contest. Savannah Barlow from the University of Central Arkansas won the first prize in the college group. Erica Nicole Peppers from the Hot Springs High School won the first prize in the high school group. They will take part in the Chinese Bridge – Chinese Competition for students in the American Southern States to be held by Chinese Consulate General in Houston on April 20. From there they will have the chance to be recommended to participate in the final competition in China in July 2013.

The competition began at 1:30pm. Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of the Confucius Institute, made an opening speech. He, together with Dr. Nicholas Brasovan from Department of Philosophy and Religions, Dr. Jia Zhu from Department of the World Languages, Literature and Cultures, and Mrs. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCACI worked as judges. The competition was divided into three parts: Chinese speech, Chinese cultural knowledge and Chinese Culture talent show. All contestants gave outstanding performances in the Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Philosophy Lecture by Dr. Chung-ying Cheng

On April 1, 2013, Professor Chung-ying Cheng was invited and sponsored by Department of Philosophy/Religion and the Confucius Institute at UCA to present a lecture to the students and faculty of the University of Central Arkansas in the auditorium of College of Business. Professor Cheng is the senior member of Philosophy Department of the University of Hawaii and he is the a world renowned philosopher in Chinese philosophy as well as comparative philosophy.

Professor Cheng gaved his talk on Reality and Divinity in Chinese Philosophy. About 300 students and faculty members attended the lecture. Professor Cheng shared his views on humanity, Confucianism, and Chinese culture with the audience. This lecture opened up a dialogue between Chinese and western philosophies.

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UCACI Chinese Teachers Received Recognition from the Arkansas State Legislature and the Governor

[Source] Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas [Time] 2013-02-28 13:47:17

On February 11, 2013, twenty Chinese Hanban teachers from UCA Confucius Institute received recognition from the representatives at the regular session of the 89th General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature.

At 1:00 pm, accompanied by their mentors, principals and superintendents, Chinese teachers were led to the Assembly of Legislature. The chair introduced the Chinese teachers and “Teach Chinese in Arkansas” program to representatives. All representatives stood up to give a big applause to the teachers for their contribution to the Chinese language education in Arkansas.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe meets with Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe meets with Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas

The teachers were also awarded “Arkansas Traveler” by Arkansas State Board of Education for their outstanding contribution to “Teach Chinese in Arkansas” program.

All of the twenty teachers come from Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI). Among them seventeen teachers teach Chinese in 17 schools at 15 School districts and 1 distance teaching center. Three teachers work at the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dr. Kimbrell, Commissioner of Arkansas Department of Education, awarded the teachers “Arkansas Traveler” certificates issued by Governor Mike Beebe and Secretary of State Mark Martin. At the award ceremony, Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of Confucius Institute reported to the board members about the development of UCACI and the Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program. He believes that “Teach Chinese in Arkansas” program will bring more opportunities for Arkansas education and economy.

Chinese teachers are recognized by the State Legislature

Chinese teachers are recognized by the State Legislature

After the award ceremony, the Chinese teachers, together with their mentors, principals and superintendents from different school districts had a tour of the State Capitol. Staff of the State Secretary office led all the participants to Governor’s office, State Senate and the House of Representatives.

After the tour, Governor Beebe met with all the Chinese teachers and commended them for their contribution to the “Teach Chinese in Arkansas” program.

“This award is not only a form of recognition of my work in the past, but also a great encouragement for my future work. I will do my best to teach Chinese and help my students to gain a better understanding of China and Chinese culture”, said one of the teachers.

Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas are awarded by Arkansas State Board of Education

Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas are awarded by Arkansas State Board of Education

http://english.hanban.org/article/2013-02/28/content_486098.htm

 

Confucius Institute at UCA Successfully Hosted Chinese Spring Festival Gathering and Workshop for Chinese Hanban Teachers

On February 10th, 2013, 20 Chinese Hanban teachers and their mentors from 17 schools of 15 school districts gathered at Conway to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival and to attend Chinese teachers’ workshop hosted by UCACI.

At the gathering, Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI extended his best wishes to all the participants for their healthy and happy New Year of Snake. He then outlined the five-year strategic plan of UCACI and the projects to be conducted in 2013. Dr. Zhuang expressed his thanks to all the Chinese teachers and their mentors for their commitments and efforts made for the Chinese program. He hoped that the Chinese teachers could constantly reflect their teaching experience to create a friendly and sustainable environment for Chinese teaching and learning so as to build up a strong Chinese program in their schools and school districts.

At the workshop, Chinese teachers and their mentors discussed the issues concerning course designing, teaching planning, cultural activities, classroom management and parent/student-teacher relations. They brought out their concerns and problems and shared their experience. All the participants found this kind of workshop was very helpful, as for the Chinese teachers who are in a totally different culture, the most critical issues are how to adapt themselves to the new school environment, how to manage classroom efficiently and how to deal with the parent/student-teacher relationship. The second year Chinese teachers’ experience and other foreign language teachers’ experience would be very beneficial to the new Chinese teachers.

On the evening of Spring Festival, all the Chinese teachers and their mentors were invited to the Chinese Spring Festival Gala hosted by UCACI and CSSA in the Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA. The Gala was spectacular, with Chinese folk dancing, Chinese traditional musical instrument performance, Chinese Gongfu, modern dancing, western opera and violin performance. What impressed the audience most was the skit by a group of American students from Chinese minor classes at UCA. The play, which was directed by UCACI Chinese teacher, depicted the funny stories these American students had experienced in learning Chinese, and it won a lot of applause from the audience.

http://english.hanban.org/article/2013-02/27/content_486000.htm

 

 

Arkansas Chinese Teachers Attended The 1st Mid-South U.S. Hanban Chinese Teachers' Professional Development Conference

November 3 & 4, 2012- The 1st Mid-South U.S. Hanban Chinese Teachers' Professional Development Conference was held at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. The conference was organized by the Hanban Volunteer Teacher Center and hosted by the Confucius Institute at University of Kentucky. Over 140 Chinese volunteer teachers from mid-south schools and colleges attended. 10 Chinese teachers from Arkansas attended the conference. Dr. Mary John O' Hair, the dean of the College of Education at the University of Kentucky gave opening remarks.

Picture from Hanban official website: http://www.hanban.edu.cn

There were several types of seminars at the conference, including lectures, panel discussions, demonstrations, and opportunities to share experiences. Discussions were held on topics ranging from classroom management to designing classroom activities.

Arkansas teachers at the conference

 

 

 

Directors of Confucius Institute for Arkansas Attend 2012 U.S. South Confucius Institute Directors Conference

November 2 to 4, 2012 - The U.S. South Confucius Institute Directors Conference was held at Georgia State University in Atlanta from Friday November 2 to Sunday, November 4. The conference was sponsored by the Chinese Consulate located in Houston, Texas and hosted by the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University. About 30 people from the thirteen Confucius Institutes in eight states were in attendance. Mr. Yiqun Zhang, Chief Consul of Education, was accompanied by Ms. Baiyu Xu, Consul of Education, and Mr. Haibo Zhou, Consul of Education from the Chinese Consulate, in giving the opening remarks. Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of the Confucius Institute for Arkansas, presented the programs and events the Confucius Institute has hosted during 2012 as well as future plans for the Institute.  Ms. Xiaohong Lu, the newly appointed Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute for Arkansas was present at the conference. There was a lively discussion on the sustainability and further development of Confucius Institutes as well as how they are integrating in their current, local communities.  Various directors appealed to Hanban, the Confucius Institute's governing body, to facilitate further cooperation between Chinese and American universities.

 

 

 

Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program Featured on KARK 4

October 1, 2012 - The Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program was featured on KARK 4's news program on Monday, October 1st.  Qian Zhang teaches Chinese at College Station Elementary and she answers reporter Adam Rodriguez's questions about the differences in American and Chinese education.

 

Here is the link to the KARK 4 web article:

Arkansas Students Learning to Speak Chinese

 

 

 

Seven Hanban Volunteer Teachers Arrived in Arkansas School Districts

July 30th, 2012 - The Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) held a reception for the seven new Hanban volunteer teachers, who will be teaching Chinese in primary and secondary schools throughout the state.  Dr. Steven Runge, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Laura Young, the Associate Provost of UCA, Michael Rowland, the Public School Program Advisor of Arkansas Department of Education, Jane Ann Williams, Director of International Engagement, Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, the Director of the Confucius Institute, as well as principals and representatives from seven Arkansas school districts attended the reception.

Dr. Runge, spoke briefly at the reception stating that in the past five years, the Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program has made great strides despite the setbacks from the State Department last November over visa classifications.  He expressed his thanks to the Arkansas school districts and to the Confucius Institute for their continuing support for the Teach Chinese in Arkansas Program.

Michael Rowland stated with pride that his son will take Chinese at Maumelle High School this coming fall term.  He was one of the interviewers for the Chinese teachers’ selection in Shanghai, last December.

Once the reception ended, the seven Hanban volunteer teachers were taken to their districts by officials from their new schools.

 

 

The Confucius Institute for Arkansas assisted the Arkansas Economic Development Committee to receive the delegation from Henan, China

July 13, 2012 - The Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA CI) along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission hosted a visiting nine-member delegation from Henan Province, China. The delegation was led by Zhao, Qing, the Director of Henan Council for the Promotion of International Trade for Foreign Economic Cooperation.

Governor Mike Beebe hosted the delegation for breakfast, where he extended a warm welcome to the delegation as well as discussing his trip to China this past April. He hopes that their visit will strengthen the relationship between Henan Province and Arkansas.  During the breakfast, Dr. Zhuang, the Director of UCA CI, introduced the “Teach Chinese in Arkansas” project, a program that Governor Beebe is very proud of. The program will strengthen the connection between the State of Arkansas and China.

Dr. Zhuang was accompanied by Jingjing Li, the Deputy Director of UCA CI, Mark Hamer, the Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s projects in Asia and Cindy Huang, one of the Chinese language teachers working in Arkansas.

The delegation was then taken on a tour of various Little Rock buildings, including the Bil Clinton Presidential Library, the Arkansas Department of Biochemistry Certification Office, the North Little Rock Development Planning Office as well as other governmental buildings to learn how Arkansas’ economic development plan as well as economically feasible programs of cooperation. It was a very informative trip and the delegation hopes this will strengthen the relationship between the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Confucius Institute and Henan Province, China.

 

Gov. Mike Beebe (center) with the Henan Delegation

 

 

 

Confucius Institute for Arkansas Holds “Doing Business with China,” a Business Culture Seminar

May 21 and 22, 2012 – The Confucius Institute for Arkansas held a seminar for Dassault Falcon Jet entitled “Doing Business with China.”  It was part of the Confucius Institute’s ongoing mission to educate students and businesses on cultural understanding.  The seminar was an all day affair, given twice.

The seminar covered a series of topics that will benefit Dassault Falcon in their future business dealings with China.  It began with a brief discussion of the elements of Chinese culture that can be involved during business dealings and how these elements are changing as the younger generation gains prominence in the business world.  One of the main components of the seminar was a discussion of etiquette during business meals and banquettes.  Lunch was served after this discussion, allowing those in attendance to practice what they learned.

The afternoon was spent on the discussion of negotiation strategies that can be used in their business meetings.  This ranged from what gifts are appropriate to what colors or numbers used on their products would increase sales to ways to adapt to the negotiation strategies used by their Chinese counterparts.

Those in attendance appreciated the real world skills taught by the Confucius Institute that they were able to take back to their company, as well as the stories from history when cultural misunderstandings halted the business process.  They also benefited from the exposure to Chinese history and culture, which was the first experience for many who attended the seminar.