18 – 19 May 2012, London
The 9th Annual Chinese Conference of the Confucius Institute for Schools took place on Friday 18 May at The Grand Connaught Rooms and Saturday 19 May at The British Museum, London.
The 2012 conference was the largest annual Chinese conference to date, with 184 delegates and over 305 attendees in total across both days.
The vast majority of delegates were based in the UK and work as teachers, senior leaders or support staff in schools. A small minority represented UK local government education authorities, universities and independent companies with an interest in Chinese teaching and learning. As in previous years, the 2012 conference also attracted a number of overseas delegates from as far as the USA, Germany and Hong Kong.
The 2012 conference speakers ranged from academic practitioners and experts from schools to government and international organisations. The majority of workshop presenters were practitioners in schools across England.
The keynote presenters were chosen to provide insights into the status of teaching and learning of Chinese across three different western countries – England, France and the USA – or to generate inspiration from a cross-cultural Anglo-Sino perspective.
All student performances were of an exceptionally high standard this year. All secondary level performances were entries from national competitions , in most cases these were top prize-winners.
Delegate feedback was appreciative and extremely positive. Below are some sample comments:
My objective was to ‘explore’ the possibilities to introduce the language/culture/history in my own school – very satisfied that this was achieved.
There were some excellent workshops as usual, it was a great opportunity to exchange materials and experience with others.
The workshops this year have provided more variety of choice particularly related to Chinese qualifications and assessment-related topics/themes. They’ve guided and reassured me very much on my current practice in school.
This has been a fantastic event with a wide range of experiences. I have left feeling really inspired to teach Chinese.
The wide range of workshops are truly inspirational … Wish I had chance to attend more.
I thoroughly enjoyed the two days which were inspiring, informative and motivating.