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10/31/2017.Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages to Export Comprehensive Chinese Language Education to France in Partnership with the Industry, Academia, and Government

發布日期 2017-10-31 11:42:00

 


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An image taken during class at the ESBC Chinese language summer camp

Photo courtesy of the Chinese Language in France Project Team   

 

 

October 31, 2017

 

【News release/ Chinese Language in France Project Team】
 

  Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages has won a grant from the Ministry of Education to expand the Chinese language education industry, and the Department of French, Department of Applied Chinese, and the Chinese Language Center are working together to undertake the project. This summer, the coordinator of the project – Department of French Associate Professor Elodie Hui-yun Hsu – embarked for France, joined by French Professor Agnès Roussel Shih, Chairperson of the Department of Applied Chinese Wang Chi-hsiang, and Chinese Language Center Director Liao Shu-hui. Not only did they hold a Chinese language summer camp there, but they also surveyed on-the-ground conditions of the Chinese language education in France. In the future, they plan to work with the Ensemble Scolaire Bourges-Centre (ESBC) on a project to export Chinese language education, developing Chinese language traditional and digital teaching materials and distance-learning teacher training courses to support the export of Chinese language education.

  
  Since Wenzao and ESBC forged their sister school partnership in 2010, the two schools have interacted frequently, with ESBC sending a group to Wenzao to learn Chinese and Wenzao students going to ESBC for exchanges and internships. This summer, Wenzao’s faculty organized a Chinese language summer camp and chose ESBC as the site. Four Wenzao students went there to teach Chinese, and from July 3rd to July 13th, the Chinese language summer camp attracted the participation of many French students. The camp included not only Chinese language education, but also paper cutting, calligraphy, tai chi, an introduction to the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, face painting, and other cultural classes. Wenzao is now developing a plan with ESBC, in which EBSC will serve as an export base for the Chinese language education industry. The two sides have reached a number of agreements on their future joint projects, which include Chinese language teaching materials and software, as well as annual Chinese language summer camps and regular courses to be offered each year. The goal is to effectively promote Chinese language education in France so that it can expand to other regions of France to create a win-win situation.

  

  During their trip, the Wenzao delegation visited the Taipei Representative Office in France and gave a briefing on their project to representatives of overseas Chinese schools in the greater Paris region. Wenzao’s project won the recognition of the government officials who were present and of the schools’ principals and teachers, who also expressed their willingness to collaborate. In the future, Wenzao welcomes study-abroad groups to its campus to study the Chinese language. Wenzao also hopes to form a team to run the Chinese language summer camp and to discuss Chinese language teaching internships for students. While in France, the delegation went to Wenzao’s sister institution, Saint-Denis International School, to discuss ways to strengthen their partnership. They also visited Wang Peiwen, vice president of the Association Francais des Professeurs de Chinois, and the Lycée en Forêt, where Wang teaches. They paid calls to the Espace Culturel Pei Yuan, L'Encrier Chinois, ILCI (Instituit de langues et de commerce international), L'Association Linguistique Culturelle Chinoise, as well as business community representatives and others, and were received throughout by heads of the schools and senior executives. On these visits, the Wenzao delegation not only created more opportunities for students to intern overseas, but paved the way for study-abroad groups to visit Taiwan to study the Chinese language.

  
  One requirement of the Ministry of Education’s grant is that Wenzao open a base for Chinese language education. In the future, Wenzao will work with ESBC to build this base and to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the Chinese learning market in France. Wenzao will implement various courses and activities to expand the ranks of Chinese language learners, promote the export of Chinese language education, develop Chinese language traditional and digital teaching materials, and set up distance-learning teacher training courses to meet the needs of Chinese language education in France. Wenzao will also work on a plan to bring more people to Taiwan to learn the Chinese language, building a complete study-abroad curriculum that brings in more students. In addition, Wenzao will develop online courses for Chinese language learning that enable international students to continue their studies after they return home. In the future, students at all levels and other members of the target communities, even including professionals, will be able to use distance learning to meet their Chinese language learning needs.
  
  The Wenzao delegation went to France to explore opportunities for developing the Chinese language education market. Not only did they strengthen Wenzao’s existing partnerships, but they also put the university in the position to expand to other parts of France and create new partnerships and opportunities for exchange. Wenzao encourages its students to take Chinese language teacher training courses and sharpen their French skills, with a view to going to France and helping to grow the Chinese language learning market and promote bilateral cultural exchange. Furthermore, Wenzao hopes that through this project, it can deepen its cooperation and exchanges with the Chinese language education industry of France.

    

  

Photo courtesy of the Chinese Language in France Project Team

 

An image taken during class at the ESBC Chinese language summer camp

The closing ceremony of the ESBC Chinese language summer camp

Wenzao gave ESBC Director Arnaud Patural (center) a gift infused with Chinese culture and style

Wenzao’s delegation visited ESBC Director Arnaud Patural (first from right) and three supervisors (center) to discuss future collaboration. From left: Wenzao French Professor Agnès Roussel Shih, Chinese Language Center Director Liao Shu-hui, and Chairperson of the Department of Applied Chinese Wang Chi-hsiang. Second from right: Elodie Hui-yun Hsu of Wenzao’s Department of French.

Wenzao’s delegation visited the Taipei Representative Office in France. They posed for a photo with Science and Technology Division Director Yu-han Tsou (third from left) and Education Division Director Lu Mei-chen (third from right). Wenzao’s Dean of Research and Development Kit Lam (second from left) attended as well and took the opportunity to pay her respects.

Wenzao delegates held a briefing at the Taipei Representative Office in France and posed for a commemorative photo with representatives of Paris-based schools for overseas Chinese. 

Wenzao delegates visited Wang Peiwen (right), vice president of the Association Francais des Professeurs de Chinois, and Lycée en Forêt principal Patricia Condracq (center).

Faculty from Wenzao visited Saint-Denis International School for a briefing and a discussion with its principal Olivier (center) and Philippe (left), its head of international affairs. 

At Saint-Denis International School, Wenzao delegates posed for a commemorative photo with the school’s principal Olivier (third from left), head of international affairs Philippe (second from left), and head of student affairs Martin (second from right).

During a visit to Espace Culturel Pei Yuan, its principal Philippe Thach (center) took Wenzao project members on a tour of the classrooms.

Principal Philippe Thach joined Wenzao faculty on a visit to the ILCI (Instituit de langues et de commerce international), where they posed for a photo with its principal Chin-Mei (second from left) and academic affairs director David Urso (third from left).

Wenzao faculty visited the French branch of Victor Taichung Machinery Works, taking a photo with its general manager Tsai Kuo-tai (former president of the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce) and presenting him with a gift.